Premises Liability Archives

Falls the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults

Anytime anyone takes a serious fall in Ohio, they run the risk of suffering a severe, debilitating injury, but when older Americans fall down, the repercussions oftenn prove even more serious and potentially deadly. At Mezibov Butler, we understand just how upsetting it can be when someone else’s negligence contributes to a fall, and we have helped many people spanning all age groups pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath of a slip-and-fall accident.

Parents might be held liable for guns in children’s reach

The right to bear arms is considered by many to be a basic American right. The laws for owning and carrying a firearm in Ohio are relatively lenient, compared to other states. This may lead to some confusion as to whether you can hold another parent responsible if your child was injured at a friend’s home when a gun was left unattended. Our team at Mezibov Butler can answer your questions on this important topic.

Do we live in a highly litigious society?

Conducting an Internet search on filing a claim for an injury will oftenn bring up dozens of attorneys’ websites. You may also be bombarded with numerous articles, blogs and discussions about how frivolous lawsuits are ruining America and making it impossible to enjoy life without having to worry about getting sued. However, are so many of the claims for personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and other topics as frivolous as people claim? The answer might surprise you and other Ohio residents.

The responsibilities of property owners to avoid slips-and-falls

Winter weather is here again, which means snow, ice and dangerous road conditions. You not only face accidents driving this winter, but you can encounter slip-and-fall hazards wherever the pavement is wet or icy. There is much you and other Ohio residents can do to reduce your chances of an injurious fall this season. However, at the law office of Mezibov Butler, we understand that a great deal of the responsibility falls to property owners to reduce slip-and-fall hazards on their premises.

Spoliation of evidence in a premise liability case

The preservation of evidence is an important part of any Ohio premises liability case. The duty to preserve evidence is a requirement imposed by a law and a duty that can give rise to an adverse inference or sanctions if breached. A plaintiff who commences a slip-and-fall lawsuit, for example, is obligated to keep text messages pertinent to the case, whether favorable or not. A defendant business owner, on the other hand, who defends against such a case, is obligated to preserve camera surveillance of the slip and fall, maintenance records, and personnel communications having any tendency to prove or disprove any element of the case.

Strict liability for attacks from dogs, vaccinated or not

Dog bite incidents are always unfortunate and sometimes tragic. The victim of a bite can be seriously injured in an attack. A dog’s owner is almost always very concerned and sometimes defensive. Occasionally, dogs attack intruders. Other times, they attack unsuspecting and undeserving individuals. In Ohio, the likelihood of an attack from a dog increases if that dog is at risk for rabies.

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