Accidents on Ohio College Campuses & Who’s Responsible

Aug 05, 2020 Personal Injury

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

College campuses combine workplaces, schools, and residences into one location, so it’s no surprise that accidents are common. An accident can change your life, cause financial strain, cut short your education, and leave you with ongoing medical issues.

If you or a loved one has been injured at school this year, you may be able to recover compensation. But to know for sure, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who can protect your rights and help you secure everything you deserve.

At Kisling, Nestico, & Redick, we believe that no one should pay the price of someone else’s negligence. With 11 convenient offices across Ohio, we are available to answer your questions in a free, no-risk consultation. We also don’t charge fees up-front and only get paid when you get compensation.

Comparative Negligence

There are three key factors to determining whether someone may be liable for your accident:

  • The party had a duty to your safety
  • The party neglected that duty
  • Their neglect caused damages to you

In Ohio, accidents are judged by the standard of comparative negligence. It’s very rare for an accident to be entirely one party’s fault, but so long as you are not 50% or more responsible, you may be able to recover damages.

Accidents on Campus

Accidents on a college campus are more common that most think. If you’ve been injured at school, the first step in seeking compensation is classifying your accident and identifying what duties may have been owed to you.

Premises Liability

Most locations on campus are subject to premises liability standards. However, your college’s duty to you depends on how you came to be on the property.

If you are an invitee, the college has the duty to exercise ordinary care for your safety. Generally, students are considered invitees, as their presence on campus is beneficial to the college.

Your college should warn you of dangers that you could not be reasonably expected to discover on your own. There are exceptions when the danger is open and obvious or you are a recreational user.

A licensee is an individual who, by permission or general acquiescence, enters the premises for their own benefit. For instance, if you went on to a college campus as part of your job.

If you are a licensee, the college has a duty to refrain from recklessly, willfully, or wantonly causing injury. If the campus knows you are on the property, they have a duty of ordinary care to avoid your injury.

Accident Types and Examples

A college has a responsibility to maintain a safe environment. Unmaintained structures can cause serious accidents. Examples that lead to injuries include, unstable handrails on stairs, broken elevators, faulty equipment. Slip and fall accidents are also common on a college campus.

A car accident on campus can happen in parking lots, side roads, and may be the result of poorly maintained roads and signs.

Negligent security is another major cause of on-campus accidents. Easily accessible dorms, employee misconduct, and failure to take preventative measures can all place liability on your college if you suffer injuries.

What an Attorney Can Do

If you have been injured on campus, it’s critical that you reach out to a personal injury attorney. Your attorney can help you determine liability and estimate your damages.

Damages may include current and future medical costs, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and occasionally punitive damages.

With an attorney working for your interests, you can focus on your health and returning to normal, while we contact witnesses, gather evidence, and build a case for compensation. Your attorney will negotiate with the college’s insurance and representatives to maximize your compensation. If your college does not agree to a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial and fight for you.

Kisling, Nestico, & Redick Can Help You

We understand just how serious an accident can be. For over 15 years, we’ve been protecting the rights injured Ohioans. No one should have to go through a personal injury alone, and with Kisling, Nestico, & Redick, you don’t have to. Our firm has over 500 years of combined legal experience, 35 attorneys, and 11 offices ready to fight for your rights.

Reach out to us online or call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule your free consultation.

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