Slips and falls typically fall into the area of Ohio law known as premises liability. Premises liability is a form of common law negligence. Meaning that a legal theory needs to be satisfied to prove that a property owner should be liable for something that happened on that owner’s property.
Premises liability requires that the victim of a slip and fall must prove that a dangerous condition was present to a person on the property who had not anticipated that risk. Dangerous conditions can exist both indoors and outdoors.
If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, you likely have a lot of questions about what you should do next. At the law firm of Slater & Zurz, we have been helping victims of slip and fall accidents for over 40 years.
All initial consultations are free. There is no obligation to hire our firm for your case. 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. You have no out-of-pocket costs. It also means we only get paid if we get you results you deserve. If we don’t deliver you results then you owe us nothing.
Theories That Can Limit Liability
The property owner has several ways he or she can defend against premises liability. They can say that they were unaware of the dangerous conditions and had no opportunity to warn the public about it. They can also say they knew of the defect but did not have time to prevent an injury from happening.
The owner can also say that the condition was “open and obvious” and the visitor to the property should have avoided it.
A visitor to someone else’s property has a duty to exercise reasonable care for his safety. The property owner also has a duty to maintain a safe premises. If he or she breaches that duty and does not foresee a risk and this causes damage to a visitor, then he will be liable.
Slip and Fall Accidents Are Not Always Easy to Prove in Court
If you have been injured in this type of incident and are thinking about filing a legal claim, you should discuss your case with an experienced premises liability attorney. Keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations of 2 years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury suit in Ohio.
Make sure that you are fully represented so that you will receive the full compensation for all of the injuries you have sustained on another’s property.