Premises Liability Archives

City deemed liable for uneven sidewalk

The common perception of slip-and-fall lawsuits amongst people in Hamilton may be that by one simply suing a property owner after having fallen, he or she may be immediately entitled to compensation. That is not the case. Not only does one have to be able to directly link his or her injuries to the accident, but he or she must also establish that the property owner knew of the hazard that caused his or her fall yet did nothing to either remedy it or protect him or her from it. On top of all that, one may also have to prove that his or her own actions did not contribute to the accident.

Analyzing the “one bite free” rule

Dogs are relied upon by many in Hamilton to provide comfort and companionship. Unfortunately, as many of those that we here at Mesibov Butler have worked with have learned, these are still animals whose aggressive nature can pose a risk to others. You may have noticed that after a dog attacks a person, the owner will often express shock and portray the animal as a gentle creature who would not hurt even a fly. He or she may believe such assertions to be true given the interactions he or she has had with the dog. Yet even in cases where a dog has not demonstrated menacing behavior in the past, can his or her owner be held liable if he or she attacks you?

Defining the attractive nuisance doctrine

As winter progresses into spring and summer here in Hamilton, you and your family may be justly excited to once again enjoy warm weather activities such as swimming and watersports. Yet as we here at Mesibov Butler can attest to, such activities can pose unforeseen risks, particularly to small children. Your hope may be that those who own swimming pools or hot tubs have taken the necessary precautions to protect your children from them. If not, and your child drowns or is injured in them, you may be able to hold such owners liable.

Keep swimming a healthy and safe activity

Swimming is a great form of exercise, an effortless way to entertain and an activity that many residents in Ohio enjoy every year. Along with the fun and excitement a pool has to offer, there are also risks like drowning, falling or sicknesses related to poor maintenance or cleanliness procedures. Protecting against these types of dangers can lead to a better, safer and healthier swimming experience.

Have you been bitten by a dog?

Dogs are all around you in Ohio, and whether you love them or not, approaching or being approached by a strange dog carries a certain amount of risk. If you have been bitten by an unknown dog through no fault of your own, you may wish to press charges against the owner. However, before you call your lawyer, you have some legal obligations to the county.

FAQ: Construction zone injuries

The construction industry is a dangerous one to choose as a profession, but construction zones can also be dangerous areas for passerby. Sometimes safety violations or general negligence can cause passing motorists or pedestrians to be harmed in a construction zone. When this happens, there are options for the injured individuals. Here are some commonly asked questions about construction zone injuries.

Slips and falls are on the rise in central Ohio

As winter weather moves in across Ohio, safety advocates are warning residents about how to avoid slips and falls, and the injuries that often occur as a result. While ABC 6 reports that cold weather and icy sidewalks are largely to blame for the recent influx of slip-and-fall-related injuries seen at central Ohio hospitals, there are still steps residents can take to help themselves stay safe.

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