Slip, trips, and fall accidents are common subjects of personal injury actions in Ohio.  These types of cases are also referred to as a premises liability case.  If a person is injured as a result of their fall, they may develop serious injuries and serious consequences to their life.  If a person or organization’s negligence caused a person to fall and sustain injuries, than the negligent person or organization may responsible or liable to the person for compensation for their injury.

Slip, trip and fall accidents can result from a variety of circumstances, including, defective flooring, spills, defective steps, foreign objects in walkways, defective parking lots, or poorly lit areas.  Slip and Fall accidents can happen anywhere such as grocery stores, parking lots, businesses and hospitals.  Most often slip and falls happen due to defective walking surfaces.  Property owners must keep their property safe for their guests.  If the property or business owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition, and did nothing about it, and someone is injured as a result, they will be responsible for injures and loss of the injured person.

If a person is involved in a slip and fall at work they are typically covered under Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (“BWC”).  However, there are cases where a person injured on the job may have a BWC claim and a personal injury claim for their slip and fall.  For example, John Smith, employee of a contractor makes a house call to repair a furnace at a customer’s home.  When walking down the basement steps, a defective step breaks through and John Smith falls and tears ligaments in his knee.  John Smith has personal injury action against the homeowner for the injuries he suffered from the broken step, as well as a BWC claim through his employer.

Compensation for slip and fall injury is similar to other personal injury cases.  A person is entitled to recover compensation for:  the cost of their past and future medical care; their loss income from time off work; their pain and suffering; and their future loss they will incur related to the accident.

It is important to hire an experienced slip and fall lawyer soon after the accident to fully investigate and obtain evidence early before it is lost or destroyed.  If your or a family member has been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, contact us for a Free Consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.  Call us anytime at 614-523-7575 or complete our fee consult form on this website.