Ohio Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
What you need to know about slip and fall accident claims?
These types of cases go by several names: slip and fall accident, trip and fall accident, slip/fall accident. These cases are further divided by the nature of the object on which the person fell and the location where the fall took place. Ohio law varies significantly on the rules that apply to different situations. The duty to remedy the danger and fix the potential hazard upon which people may be injured varies depending on where the accident occurred and under what circumstances it occurred.
As examples, the rules that apply to slipping on ice and snow differ from those which apply to slipping on water, left negligently on a slippery floor at your local grocery store. It is important to understand that land owners are not always liable simply because a fall and resulting injury occurred on their property. In all of their forms, these cases present both factual and legal complications and pitfalls for the injured.
The devil is in the details of these cases. A slight difference in the size of the object upon which you tripped can change whether the landowner/store may be potentially liable.
What should I do if I am involved in a slip and fall accident aka trip and fall accident?
Your health is the first concern. If you are injured, you need to seek medical attention immediately. At the same time it is imperative to determine what caused you to fall. If it was an object in the floor/ground or the condition of the floor you need to have documented as well as possible that condition or object. Have a friend or family member document the object and or condition as best as is possible if you are unable to do so.
If possible photograph the condition or object. In some cases the size of the abnormality in the floor matters. For example, a protrusion coming up from the floor should be measured if at all possible in the photograph.
When in doubt, call an attorney before discussing the matter with the store or land owner. You should know that most stores have policies and procedures to handle these situations. If practical under the circumstances, you should report the hazard to store management and advise them that you were injured. You should limit the amount of information you share with the management. If you have any questions before you talk to the store or landowner, call an attorney. Clients sometimes make statements during this time that defense counsel later attempts to twist and turn in an effort to avoid liability.
An attorney will advise you as to the extent of information you should share with the store or landowner to best protect your interests. An attorney will advise as to what evidence he or she needs about the condition or object upon which you fell and the extent of your injuries.
We have extensive experience in dealing with slip and fall accident cases. If you have any questions about your case, please give us a call.