Slip and fall accidents are caused by a variety of unsafe conditions, but one thing many of these accidents have in common is that the unsafe conditions were caused by negligence.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident because of someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced Columbus slip and fall lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy for a free, no obligation consultation. Our lawyers will not charge legal fees unless we obtain a fair settlement or favorable jury verdict.
TYPES OF SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
Slip and fall claims cover many types of accidents, including situations where victims slip on slick surfaces, trip over hazards in their path, or step into holes or other unsafe areas.
There are various hazards or obstacles that can cause falling accidents, including:
- Falling ceilings or debris
- Cluttered aisles
- Malfunctioning elevators
- Open manholes
- Ice or snow on a walkway
- Insufficient lighting
- Lack of signage to warn of obstacles
- Uneven walkways
- Wet floors
- Cracked sidewalks
- Staircases without railings
Slip and fall accidents can cause a variety of severe and possibly life-changing injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Neck injuries
- Internal injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Brain injuries
- Pinched nerves
- Skull fractures
These injuries could have a devastating impact on your health and your financial stability, requiring you to get extensive medical treatment and preventing you from working to support yourself and your family.
That is why you should contact our Columbus slip and fall attorneys to find out if you have legal recourse. We have the experience, knowledge and the resources you need after suffering a traumatic injury.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A SERIOUS FALL
If you suffered an injury in a fall, you should immediately seek medical treatment. Once your injury has been stabilized, try to collect as much information about the accident as you can, including:
- Pictures and medical documentation of your injuries and any treatments you received
- Pictures of the scene of the accident before the property owner corrected the hazard that led to your accident
- A copy of the incident report that you filed with the owner of the property
- Records of the dates and times that you missed work because you were in pain from your injury or receiving medical treatment
Collect as much of this information as you can and call our slip and fall attorneys in Columbus to review your claim. We will determine if you have a case, and if you do, we will immediately begin a comprehensive investigation to build the strongest case possible.
ESTABLISHING LIABILITY IN A CIVIL CLAIM
Property owners have a legal obligation to make sure their properties are safe and well maintained. They must remove or fix potential hazards or obstacles that could cause visitors harm.
If visitors are hurt because property owners failed to clear ice or snow from a walkway or fix a broken railing on a staircase, there is a good chance that the property owners could be held liable.
This legal standard applies to short-term hazards, like a spill on the floor, and long-term hazards, such as a badly damaged concrete sidewalk or potholes that the property owner knew or should have known about.
However, establishing liability in a slip and fall case can become complicated and that is why you need help from a trusted Columbus lawyer.
Our lawyers have a detailed understanding of premises liability law in Ohio and we know how to apply our knowledge to your case.
CONTACT OUR COLUMBUS SLIP AND FALL ATTORNEYS TODAY
When property owners fail in their obligation to keep their property safe and visitors get hurt, those visitors should receive fair compensation for the damages they have suffered.
Our Columbus slip and fall lawyers have a firm commitment to obtaining fair compensation for victims of these preventable accidents. We understand that these accidents can be financial crises, as many victims do not have the funds to pay the resulting medical bills and deal with lost wages from missed time at work.
We want victims to receive all of the compensation they are entitled, including:
- Past, current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
Victims may also be entitled to punitive damages in cases of extreme negligence. This form of compensation is intended to punish the negligent party and discourage similar conduct by others.
Our attorneys will carefully review your claim to determine all forms of compensation you are entitled and we will aggressively pursue it. If we are unable to reach a fair settlement, we have the resources to take your case to trial to achieve the justice that you deserve.