Slip-and-fall accidents are part of a broad category called premises liability. It holds that businesses and property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of visitors.
The classic slip-and-fall accident is just that: A customer in a store slips in some spilled liquid and fractures their skull on the floor.
Not every slip-and-fall leads to compensation. If the customer spilled the liquid, and then slips in it and falls, the property owner is not responsible. If the spill occurred hours before the customer walked down that aisle, the owner can be held accountable. Businesses are expected to take reasonable measures to protect visitors — in this case, by mopping up the spill or blocking off the aisle.
Likewise, if the victim of the accident is a trespasser, not a customer, the owner is probably not responsible for damages.
There are many causes of slip-and-fall injuries:
- Slipping on an icy sidewalk
- Falling down stairs that are uneven or have a loose railing
- Tripping on an uneven floor
- Poor lighting that causes you to stumble
- Merchandise falling and hitting you
- You walking over an open trap door
Serious Cleveland Premises Liability Attorneys
People sometimes think slip-and-fall accidents are not serious, but they can be. Customers have been killed by collapsing store shelves. They have been blinded by chemicals. They have fallen down tall stairways. They have broken legs in malfunctioning elevators.
At Bashein & Bashein Company, L.P.A., we handle every kind of slip-and-fall injury, including wrongful death. It is a complex area of law that is heavily dependent on related cases. Our attorneys stay abreast of relevant case law so we can deliver maximum compensation for you — for medical expenses, missed paychecks and more.
To discuss your slip-and-fall case, talk to one of our lawyers at Bashein & Bashein Company, L.P.A., in Cleveland, Ohio, at 216-539-8437.