Who Is Responsible For Your Falling Injury?
Property owners have a duty to provide a safe environment. Perhaps you were at a work site or making a delivery. Maybe you were running errands or visiting a friend’s apartment. If you were injured when a safety hazard made you slip or trip, you could be entitled to compensation.
I am Gary Himmel, a personal injury lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. I have helped many people throughout Ohio recover compensation for slip-and-fall accidents and other premises liability injuries. Talk to me today to find out if you have a case.
Compensation For Slip-And-Fall Accidents
The doctrine of premises liability makes property owners responsible for certain injuries that occur on their property. This includes business owners, landlords, homeowners and municipal entities. Slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls are commonly caused by:
- Snow or ice accumulations on walkways
- Melted snow or spilled liquids
- Parking lot potholes or uneven sidewalks
- Broken stairs or missing handrails
- Torn carpet or rugs
- Unexpected step-downs/step-ups
- Poor lighting in stairwells or parking areas
- Waxed or mopped floors with no caution signs
- Boxes or other tripping hazards
To sue for compensation, there must be a lasting injury (not just hurt pride). There must be an unsafe condition that caused the fall. And we must show that the owner knew or should have known of the danger but failed to take action.
Fall-Down Injuries While Working
When you are injured on the job, you are always covered by workers’ compensation. But you may also have a lawsuit against the property owner whose negligence contributed to your on-duty accident. For example, homeowners and businesses have a duty to clear away snow and ice from their walkways, parking lots and driveways within a reasonable time.
I have handled third-party liability claims arising from workplace accidents. I can investigate your possible lawsuit if you slipped or tripped while:
- Working at a construction site or job site
- Making a delivery to a home or business
- Performing work inside a business or residence
- Working on a slippery loading dock
To be clear, you may have both a workers’ comp claim AND a personal injury claim from the same work accident. A lawsuit against a third party enables you to collect for pain and suffering and other damages not covered by workers’ comp.
Find Out How I Can Help
I offer a free consultation and case evaluation to determine if you have a premises liability claim (or third-party liability lawsuit for a work injury). I will pursue your compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any long-term disability. I also make sure you get proper medical care and services (transportation, household help) while your personal injury case is pending.