Not All Slip and Fall Cases Are Created Equal
Whether it happens at a store or a private home, slip and fall accidents happen all the time. And when it’s winter in Northeast Ohio, people are more likely to fall, trip, and slip, breaking their arms, shoulders, wrists, and other body parts, and/or suffering concussions or other traumas. Unfortunately, there is no liability for the natural accumulation of ice and snow. The key term here, however, is natural accumulation.
In some instances, property owners are responsible for an injured party’s injuries, and in others, the property owners will not be held liable. So if you get hurt in a slip and fall accident, who pays for the injuries? Who is at fault?
If the accumulation of ice and snow is caused by unusual conditions, such as an overhang or a gutter that leaks and/or overflows, the accumulation is not normal, and you may have a cause of action against the owner of that property. If snow is shoveled but not shoveled properly, the icy part is not natural and a claim can possibly be pursued if you get injured. Similarly, snow plows that are operated improperly or strike vehicles could be held responsible. Also, some parking lots and store entrances are graded rather than level. If the landlord knows or should have known about this, they have a special duty to remove the ice and snow.
At Taubman Law, we know slip and fall accidents and have a strong track record of winning slip and fall cases. If you’re injured in a slip and fall, we are here to talk to you about your case. Contact us for a free consultation.
This post was written by Cleveland attorney Bruce Taubman, who practices workers’ compensation, personal injury, and medical malpractice throughout Ohio.
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