How Slip and Fall Accidents Work in Ohio

The National Floor Safety Institute reports that over one million slip and fall accidents happen every year in the United States. These accidents can cause life-altering injuries. Under the premises liability law in Ohio, property owners owe a legal obligation to keep their property in a condition that is safe for the visitors. When they neglect this legal duty and as a result, an injury is caused to someone, a premises liability claim may be filed against them.

Slip and Fall Cases

To file a slip and claim against a property owner or manager, it must be shown that:

  • The owner/ manager had a duty of care to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition.
  • That such duty of care was breached by the owner.
  • That as a result of such breach, an injury was caused to the victim.

In Ohio, the concept of comparative negligence is followed while determining liability and damages. If the victim’s fault is more than the defendant’s, the victim might not be able to claim anything.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Ohio

Some of the common causes of slip and fall accidents in Ohio include:

  • Uneven surfaces
  • Broken stairs
  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Loose carpets
  • Poor lighting
  • Loose floorboards
  • Broken sidewalks
  • Missing or broken handrails

Tort Recovery Limits in Ohio

Depending on the kind of injury and damages, the Tort Recovery Laws introduced in 2005 impose certain limits on the recovery that can be made in a personal injury civil litigation in Ohio. These limits are stated in in Oh. Rev. Code §2323.43 and 2315.21.

Further, there’s a time limit of two years to file a slip and fall accident claim in Ohio. If you or a loved one suffered a slip and fall accident, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today to learn how you can claim compensation for the injuries sustained by you.