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Who is at fault for slip-and-fall injuries in public places?

Written by on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 3:11pm

sign-slippery-wet-cautionSlips and falls can be very dangerous and cause serious injuries. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the fall, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your injuries.

In this installment of our slip-and-fall blog post series, we are covering falls that take place in public places such as restaurants, malls, hotels and other commercial properties. Every year, thousands of people accidentally slip or trip in these public spaces and sustain injuries as a result.

Causes of slips and falls in public spaces include:

  • Uneven flooring or loose floorboards
  • Spilled food or beverage
  • Recently mopped or waxed floors
  • Unsafe construction
  • Long cables along floor
  • Dim lighting
  • Improper maintenance

So who is at fault when an innocent customer or visitor falls in a public place? Typically, the property owner is responsible for keeping the building and grounds safe. If there are any dangerous conditions, such as wet floors, the owner should see to it that there is signage or another warning to prevent accidents.

Every situation is different and depending on the circumstances of the fall, a personal injury attorney experienced in slip-and-fall cases, like the ones at Bentoff & Duber, can help you prevail. Bentoff & Duber will obtain investigators and experts in these situations to build the strongest case possible.

Read our last post covering winter weather falls in Ohio, and keep an eye out for our final installment in this series on rental property falls.

If you have suffered due to an injury from slipping, tripping or falling in a public place, call Bentoff & Duber at 216-861-1234 or submit a contact form for a free consultation.

 

About the author: Brandon Duber, a Partner with Bentoff & Duber Co., LPA, is a lawyer with proven experience in the courtroom and expertise in the areas of workers’ compensation, criminal defense, personal injury and medical malpractice law. He received his B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and his J.D. from The Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH.

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