Premises Liability

Premises Liability: How are slip-and-fall settlements calculated?

A slip-and-fall accident can tremendously affect your life. It may no longer be business as usual when you cannot work and provide for your family or lead your everyday life like before due to the injuries you sustained. You are entitled to compensation if your slip-and-fall accident arose from another party’s negligence. However, before getting started on your premises liability claim, it is prudent to familiarize yourself with the process of valuing your claim. That way, you will understand what you deserve in compensation for the harm you suffered. What damages did you suffer from your...

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Has your child been injured by an “attractive nuisance?”

Children can be drawn to all kinds of things – particularly when they’re out and about with lots of free time on their hands during the summer. They don’t always know what can be dangerous to them, and sometimes will go onto someone else’s property to further investigate something that looks fun or interesting.  That’s why states, including Ohio, have some version of an “attractive nuisance” doctrine. It allows both personal and commercial property owners to be held liable if a child is injured on something they have a responsibility to maintain – even if they’re trespassing. Ohio has an...

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3 dangers of water parks

Summer is one of the biggest times of the year when thousands flock to water parks to cool off. There are plenty of activities at pools to entertain you and your loved ones. You might find yourself spending hours on the lazy river as your loved ones try out every winding water slide or diving board. Despite all the lifeguards and warning signs, it might be surprising to know that water parks aren’t as safe as advertised. You or a loved one could be injured or fatally hurt while enjoying a bit of sun and water. Here’s what you should know: Drowning is silent and deadly Many movies depict...

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Use caution in the wintry weather

While movies and television shows make light of slipping on ice or snow, these events can cause serious injuries. Homeowners likely know to shovel and salt outdoor walkways. Business owners should do the same thing. When either of these parties fails to care for outdoor areas, it’s possible that people who visit their locations will fall on the slick walkways. Pedestrians will likely take steps to avoid falling while they walk. In many cases, the onus is on the property owner to ensure that these areas are safe for people. There are several things that should occur when it’s snowy or icy...

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2 serious injuries people can suffer after a slip-and-fall 

Of all the kinds of accidents you can suffer, a slip-and-fall may be the most misunderstood. People slipping and falling has long been a visual punch line in television and films, so a surprising number of people don't understand that slip-and-falls can result in severe, even life-altering injuries. Every year, millions of Americans slip on dirty or wet floors and fall. A portion of those people will suffer serious injuries. What are two of the more common serious injuries people can suffer if they slip and fall? Fractured or broken bones Broken bones or fractures are a risk any time someone...

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Negligent or inadequate security can lead to an injury

When people think about premises liability, they often envision someone slipping on a patch of water or falling down some stairs. While these are two examples of possible premises liability, they are not the only way preventable property injuries occur. Public locations such as hospitals, hotels and college campuses often have unforeseen security hazards that could injure residents of Mansfield and Sandusky, OH, Ohio. Learning about these possible hazards may help you avoid an injury in dangerous situations. What are some examples of negligent security? When a premise has proper security...

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What you should know about the dangers playgrounds pose

Playgrounds are a place where children can laugh and play together -- but they're also fraught with danger. Data published by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors captures how emergency room doctors see at least 200,000 children who suffer playground injuries each year.  There are some trends as to who and how children end up getting hurt on playgrounds. As a parent, you may want to study those so that you'll know to pay extra close attention to your child while on a playground.  Which kids are most vulnerable to suffering playground injuries? There's almost a 50-50...

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Did you know that you can sue your Ohio landlord for an apartment complex injury?

Prospective tenants often visit and assess the potential apartment units and the surrounding communities before committing to any option. They often commit to a property only if it seems well-maintained and safe -- yet looks can easily deceive. Rental companies and landlords often put their best foot forward, not wanting to show the flaws that lurk underneath. You may find some solace in knowing that you may be able to hold a landlord who fails to protect your safety accountable for their actions if you get hurt.  Your landlord's obligation to protect your safety Many savvy renters know that...

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How can I avoid the liability of children getting hurt by my horses?

Anyone who has been around small children knows how impulsive, curious and fearless they can be. A small child does not understand concepts such as trespassing, and they often can’t read “no trespassing” signs. If a child sees something interesting on your property, they’re likely to walk right in and play with it, totally unaware of the potential dangers it presents. Unfortunately for property owners, including horse owners, the law is designed to put the responsibility on you if a child is injured on your property – unless you take specific steps to prevent it. Can my horse be a legal...

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