Slip and fall injuries generally fall into the area of Ohio law known as premises liability. Premises liability is based on common law negligence. This means that a legal theory must be satisfied to prove that a property owner is liable for something that happened on that owner’s premises.
To establish premises liability, the victim of a slip and fall must prove that a dangerous condition existed that presented an unreasonable risk to a person on the property who had not anticipated the risk. Dangerous conditions exist both indoors and outdoors.
If you have become the victim of a slip and fall accident, you probably have a lot of questions about what you should do next.
At the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP, we have been assisting victims of slip and fall accidents for over 40 years. We have handled tens of thousands of accident cases and helped clients receive verdicts and settlements they needed.
Contact us and speak with an experienced attorney about your premises liability case. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 888-534-4850, email [email protected] or send us a message here from our website.
All initial consultations are free. There is no cost to you whatsoever. There is no obligation to hire our firm. If you do decide to hire us, there will be no upfront fees or monthly retainers. We represent premises liability clients injured in slip and fall accidents on a contingency fee basis. That means you have no out-of-pocket costs. It also means we only get paid if we get you results. If we don’t deliver you results, you owe us nothing.
Theories That Can Limit a Property Owner’s Liability
The property owner or the person responsible for the property where the injury occurred has several ways he or she can defend against premises liability.
He or she can say they were unaware of the dangerous condition and thus had no opportunity to warn the public. They can also say they knew of the defect but did not have a reasonable amount of time to respond and prevent an injury.
The owner can also argue that the condition was “open and obvious” and the visitor to the property could and should have avoided it.
A visitor to another’s property has a duty to exercise reasonable care for his or her safety or the visitor could be the one considered negligent. However, the property owner also has a duty to maintain safe premises. If he breaches that duty and does not foresee a risk and this brings damage to a visitor to the property, he will be liable.
Slip and Fall Accidents Are Not Easy to Prove in Court
If you have been injured in this type of accident and are thinking about a legal claim, you should discuss your case with an experienced Ohio premises liability attorney. Keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the incident to file a personal injury suit in Ohio.
Make sure that you are adequately represented to ensure that you will receive compensation for all of the injuries and other damages you sustain on another’s property.