When you hit the town in Ohio, you expect the shops you visit to be safe inside and out. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Multiple factors can lead to the potential of a slip-and-fall incident occurring on someone else's property.
According to FindLaw, slip-and-fall incidents usually fall under the umbrella of premise liability cases. In short, premise liability is the legal notion that anyone who owns the property you're on when your mishap occurs can potentially be held liable for the damages that follow.
When it comes to tripping, slipping or falling on someone else's property, you should look into the factors that may have led to the incident. A few of the most common contributing factors include:
- Not enough light sources
- Weak lighting
- Lighting in incorrect locations
- Sudden drops, slopes, or steps that aren't warned for
- Uneven pavement
In essence, the two biggest issues that you're likely to run into are problems related to visibility, and problems related to terrain. For example, if the lights are too dim, then you might not be able to see that there is a sudden dip in the sidewalk in front of the store. If there is no warning that there is a drop between the shop's door and floor upon entering, then falling in through the doorway and hurting yourself may be possible.
Slip, trip and fall incidents can result in a number of injuries including strains, sprains, bruises, and even broken bones. Consider speaking with an attorney if you wish to seek compensation for your pain.