A Firm Providing Skilled, Effective Legal Advocacy For Victims Of Slips, Trips And Falls
Property owners owe a duty of care to visitors to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe. Known hazards must be addressed in a timely manner. If they can’t be fixed right away, property owners at least need to warn visitors of the danger. When property owners are negligent and someone gets hurt as a result, they can be held accountable in a premises liability lawsuit.
Two types of premises liability claims are especially common: Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall injuries. If you or someone you love was injured due to slipping or tripping hazards, our lawyers at David A. Goldstein Co., L.P.A., Attorneys at Law, are ready to help you seek compensation. In Ohio, these types of cases can be difficult for plaintiffs to prove, so it is important to work with a skilled attorney.
Our team brings decades of combined legal experience to each case, including experience representing insurance companies. As such, we understand how to effectively gather evidence and prove property owner negligence to maximize your chances of a successful recovery.
Common Examples Of Slipping And Tripping Hazards
Falling down is often attributed to clumsiness or carelessness. But was the victim really at fault for their own injuries? In many cases, the answer is no. Below, we’ve provided examples of common injury scenarios associated with visiting a retail store, restaurant, apartment or even a private residence:
- Slipping and falling on a sidewalk or parking lot because property owners failed to remove snow and ice in a timely manner
- Suffering a traumatic brain injury after slipping and falling in a grocery store due to a leaky refrigerator that property owners knew about but failed to address
- Tripping and falling over poorly placed merchandise in a retail store, resulting in neck and back injuries
- Tripping and falling in an apartment stairwell due to uneven steps, poor lighting, missing handrails and other hazards
- Slipping on a freshly mopped floor in a coffee shop because employees did not put up a “wet floor” warning placard
Accidents can happen even when property owners did nothing wrong. In order for a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall to be legally actionable, the accident must have occurred due to property owner negligence.
Act Quickly To Preserve Your Legal Rights
The actions you take immediately following an accident on dangerous property can mean the difference between winning and losing your personal injury claim. After being injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, you must:
- Immediately notify the property owner or manager of the accident
- Gather evidence from the scene such as pictures or videos of the hazardous condition and the contact information of any witnesses
- Contact an experienced injury attorney so that they can begin their own investigation and send an expert to examine the scene as soon as possible
- Seek medical attention and be prepared to request medical records for later use in your claim
In Ohio, the statute of limitations for bringing a premises liability claim is two years, but you can’t afford to wait even a fraction of that time. Even if you aren’t sure you want to sue, you can at least preserve your option to do so by taking the steps above and contacting our firm as soon as reasonably possible.
Discuss Your Case With A Lawyer For Free
From our office in Columbus, David A. Goldstein Co., L.P.A., Attorneys at Law, offers free initial consultations to clients throughout Ohio. To schedule yours, you can contact us online or call 614-797-0060.