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Slip and fall cases are often referred to as premises cases. Ohio's laws are some of the most difficult in the area of premises liability. If you have slipped and/or fallen as a result of a hazardous condition on someone else's property, you might have a claim for personal injury. It is imperative that you hire an attorney who is experienced in handling premises cases. Not all attorneys are experienced in this area of law, which appears easier than it is.
Property owners are negligent and responsible for your injuries if they were aware of a hazardous condition on their premises and did nothing to fix it. However, if the hazard is "open and obvious," then the premises owner, generally, does not owe a duty to warn you of the hazard. Many times, your status as a business invitee, a social guest, a licensee, or a trespasser may affect your rights to recover against the premises owner. The duty owed to a trespasser is different from the duty owed to a business invitee (such as a customer at a grocery store) and different from the duty owed to a social guest (a friend who is invited over for dinner).
If you have been injured on someone else's property, please contact us for an initial free consultation. You must ensure that the attorney you retain has experience in premises cases.