Property owners are responsible for maintaining their property and adhering to building codes so they don’t put others at risk. In order to win a premise liability case, an attorney has to prove the plaintiff is innocent and the slip and fall is the fault of the property owner.
While property owners may not be liable for mishaps due to environmental conditions such as rain or snow, victims and families can pursue claims for other dangerous conditions where landlords have been given repeat notice, or for hidden defects that seriously injure or kill someone. These lawsuits can involve injuries that occur at someone’s home, a business, a shopping mall, a parking lot, or virtually any other location. Any time you are injured due to a property owner’s negligence, you can potentially seek compensation through a premises liability lawsuit with the help of an experienced Columbus injury lawyer.
Skilled in the Premises Law, Advocates Dedicated to Your Rights
Our experienced premises accident attorneys provide legal support protecting visitor and tenant rights in cases involving:
- Stairway/walkway slip and falls
- Worksite falls
- Falling objects or debris
- Drainage problems
- Poor security or response
- Animal attacks
- Elevator injuries
Cases resulting in favorable outcomes are those where clients notify property owners of an unsafe area and nothing is done, or where the risk of catastrophic injury or death lies in dangers that are not apparent until an accident happens. In these instances, we can help pursue claims for medical bills, lost wages, long-term care and compensation for families who have lost a loved one in a case of wrongful death.
Slips and Falls Causing Catastrophic Injuries
Slips and falls kill over 15,000 people in the United States every year, and they are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injuries. Seeking compensation after a slip and fall accident is difficult because juries often mistakenly believe that anyone suing because of a fall must be taking advantage of the justice system. In addition to proving the defendant’s liability, you must also convince a jury that your injuries sustained from the fall are serious.
Causes of Slips and Falls
Roughly, 75% of slip and fall accidents result from environmental hazards, including:
- Unsafe property layout or design
- Lack of maintenance on the property
- Slippery surfaces due to spilled liquids, inclement weather, etc.
- Lack of lighting
Victims hurt due to these environmental hazards are typically eligible to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. For example, if you fall at a restaurant due to a spilled drink, you may be able to file a suit against the restaurant’s owner. If you fall while at work, you could file a work injury lawsuit and/or seek a workers’ compensation claim. However, if you fall at a public place such as a post office or a school, you would be bringing a lawsuit against the federal or state government.
We have spent over 30 years fighting for the rights of people throughout Ohio with many types of personal injury claims. We thoroughly investigate each case, working with other experts to determine the extent of injury or loss. Clients trust us to find creative solutions to their legal problems with a focus on personalized, attentive service.