Slip and fall cases come under the law of premises liability. In Ohio, like elsewhere, there are rules for determining when and if a property owner is liable to someone injured on their land, home, premises or business.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall can result from any number of causes. The following are some common factors that lead to falls:
- Slippery floor
- Broken step
- Poor lighting
- Defective handrail
- Lack of a handrail
- Spilled food or drink
- Object left on floor
- Falling objects
- Lack of warning
Depending on the person’s health and circumstances of the fall, injured victims could sustain spinal injuries, broken limbs, severe head injuries, even paralysis or death.
Landowners have a duty to keep their properties free of risks and hazards that constitute unreasonably dangerous conditions. However, if you are lawfully on someone’s property, you also have a duty to use common sense and keep yourself safe from hazards or risks that are open and obvious to a reasonable person.
Slip and fall cases are complicated and difficult to prove in many instances. But a skilled and knowledgeable slip and fall lawyer from Laufman & Napolitano may be able to assist. Laufman & Napolitano attorneys have assisted injured slip and fall clients in cases over the years.