SLIP AND FALL - PREMISES LIABILITY
When you are a customer in a store eating, shopping, or otherwise doing business, you expect to be safe while on the business owner’s property. You expect the property to be properly maintained, so you are not exposed to unnecessary dangers.
Fortunately, most business owners are responsible and do everything they can to ensure you’re safe while you are their business invitee. However, that is not always the case. Occasionally, a business owner does not take proper care of the business property and customers are injured as a result. Maybe it is an icy sidewalk, a pothole in the parking lot, or a spill on the floor that wasn’t properly cleaned up. Thousands of people a year are needlessly injured by the dangerous conditions a business owner created and/or allowed to happen on their property. When that happens, lives are disrupted, bills accumulate, work is missed, and stress builds up for the injured person and their family members.
If you were injured on someone else's property, due to someone else's negligence, you could have a premises liability case. Premises liability is the area of law that decides when property owners and/or managers are responsible for injuries suffered on their property. The Ohio premises liability attorneys at DuPont & Blumenstiel can help you seek compensation for the injuries you sustained while on someone else's property. They will carefully review your case, let you know if you have a potential claim and, if you do, recommend next steps to take to protect your legal rights. When the property owner fights your claim, we'll be here to fight for your recovery.
3 SIGNS YOU NEED TO CALL AN OHIO SLIP AND FALL LAWYER
You were hurt on someone else's property due to no fault of your own.
The property owner and/or manager refuses to take responsibility.
Your life has been disrupted by your injuries. You’re stressed about missing work while your medical bills and expenses pile up.
COMMON CAUSES OF SLIP AND FALLS
Slips and falls happen for many different reasons. Our experienced premises liability attorneys can help you obtain the evidence you’ll need to prove your claim. We have specific experience helping people who have been injured due to the following hazards:
Spilled food and liquids
Loose rugs and mats
Poorly lit areas
COMMON SLIP AND FALL INJURIES
Falling can result in serious injuries, especially in the elderly. If you suffered any of the following injuries after a fall on someone else's property, it is in your best interest to call an experienced premises liability lawyer.
Dislocated joints (such as knee or elbow)
Sprained ankle or wrist
Back and spinal cord injuries
Shoulder and neck injuries
Concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
There are many more injuries and conditions you may experience after a fall. You shouldn't have to pay to treat those injuries when you're not the one who caused them. You have a right to seek compensation for the medical treatment you’ve needed, the wages you’ve lost, the out-of-pocket expenses you’ve incurred, and the detrimental impact your injuries have had on your life and the lives of your loved ones.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A SLIP AND FALL
If you've recently been injured due to someone else's negligence on someone else’s property, you may be wondering what to do next. The Ohio slip and fall lawyers at DuPont and Blumenstiel are here to guide you through the process of making a claim. Here is what you can do to best help yourself after a slip and fall accident:
Seek medical treatment for your injuries. Follow your physician’s instructions and don't skip medical appointments. If you don't seek medical attention right away, the insurance adjuster and/or opposing counsel will use it against you. They will try to argue that your injuries aren't as bad as you claim.
Take pictures of your injuries, the area in which you had your accident, and whatever caused your accident (if possible). You want to preserve evidence about what caused your accident and injuries if you can.
Obtain the names of property owners and/or property managers. If you don't know their names, an experienced premises liability attorney can obtain this information for you.
Take note of the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the incident. Save this clothing and take pictures of them. This is done to help preserve evidence, which may be needed to help prove your claim at a later date.
Avoid talking to the property owner and any other parties involved until you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney.
WHAT CAN I RECEIVE COMPENSATION FOR AFTER A SLIP AND FALL?
You could be entitled to compensation for many things after a slip and fall, including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
Past and future medical bills
Past and future out-of-pocket expenses, including any medical equipment you had to buy as part of your treatment
Lost past wages if you missed work, and lost future wages if you will be forced to miss more work in the future
Mental and emotional suffering
Loss of consortium (damage to your relationship with loved ones)
The experienced slip and fall attorneys at DuPont & Blumenstiel will help prove your claim, calculate your damages, and fight for you to receive a fair settlement. With us on your side, you will know you have an experienced team fighting for you.
HOW DOES A SLIP AND FALL CLAIM WORK?
When you first call our office at 614-389-9711, you will speak with an Ohio Personal Injury Specialist. They will then work with an attorney to evaluate your case. If we determine we can help you, and if you decide to work with us, the next step will be to gather evidence. We will need to prove a number of things to show that the property owner is liable for your injuries. We will obtain medical records, witness statements, and other evidence to prove:
The property owner owed you a duty of care,
The property owner was aware of (or should have been aware of) the hazard which caused your accident,
The property owner failed to fix or warn you about the hazard, and
Your injuries and damages were caused by the hazard.
After obtaining the necessary evidence, summarizing and calculating your damages, and submitting a demand letter to the responsible person or business, our attorneys will negotiate your compensation. Oftentimes, a fair settlement can be reached before a lawsuit is even filed.
If a settlement cannot be reached, then a lawsuit will be filed. Evidence and statements will need to be collected and shared with the opposing counsel while the case is worked up. Our personal injury attorneys will prepare you for any statements you need to make and will help explain the litigation process, so you understand what is happening with your case as it progresses.
If a fair settlement still cannot be reached, your case will go to trial. Going to trial can be nerve-wracking, but the team at DuPont & Blumenstiel will be by your side every step of the way. We'll inform you about the whole process, and make sure you're prepared for anything that happens with your case.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, call the Ohio premises liability attorneys at DuPont & Blumenstiel today. Call 614-389-9711.