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Slip and Fall Lawyers in Akron

Slip and falls often produce more significant injuries and losses than people realize. But if someone else’s negligence or misconduct was the cause, you have legal options to recover compensation for your damages. Contact our Akron slip and fall lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. Schedule a free consultation to learn who could be responsible and what to expect from the slip and fall injury claims process.

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Akron Slip and Fall Accident Locations

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, more than 8 million emergency room visits are caused by slip and fall accidents across the country. Whether at work, a grocery store, or an Akron business, you may have the right to compensation if someone else’s negligence contributed to your slip and fall injuries.

Common locations for slip and fall accidents in Akron include:

  • Airports
  • Boardwalks
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Entertainment or Sports Venues
  • Factories
  • Government buildings or offices
  • Grocery Stores
  • Parking Structures
  • Pools & Rec Centers
  • Private residences/apartments
  • Professional offices
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Businesses
  • Sidewalks
  • Stairwells
  • Shopping Centers
  • Warehouses
  • Worksites

Slip & Fall: Common Causes

Slip and fall injuries can be caused in several ways. Some of the most common are:

  • Negligent security
  • Poor design
  • Snow and ice in the walkway
  • Improper maintenance
  • Clutter or debris in the roads or walkways
  • Sewer grates
  • Open manholes
  • Improper lighting
  • Inadequate signs
  • Neglected parking lot
  • Uneven walkways
  • Cracks in the sidewalk
  • Other tripping hazards
  • Defective or broken stairs

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Akron slip-and-fall accidents can range in severity. Whether you fell in a parking lot, at an apartment complex, or because an employee failed to clean up a spill, you may be dealing with bruises, bulging discs, a broken bone, or worse. If your injuries have substantially impacted your life, you may have the right to compensation.

Some injuries typical in slip and fall accidents include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Herniated discs
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Joint dislocation
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Head injuries and concussion

Steps After a Slip and Fall Accident

After a slip and fall accident, your next steps are essential. Here’s what to do:

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Do what you can to secure evidence and document the scene of your fall.
  • Obtain the contact and insurance information of all involved parties.
  • Speak with anyone who may have witnessed the accident and obtain their contact information.
  • Take videos and photographs of your injuries and the damage at the scene of the fall.
  • Never post on social media or talk to the insurance company about your injuries or the accident.
  • Reach out to a dedicated slip-and-fall lawyer in Akron.
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Compensation after a Slip and Fall Accident

Getting the at-fault party to pay what’s fair after their negligence causes you to slip, trip, or fall should be more accessible. That’s why the experienced Akron slip and fall lawyers at KNR make the legal process as easy as possible, so you recover the maximum compensation possible. Reach out to Kisling, Nestico & Redick today.

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Filing a Slip and Fall Claim in Akron

No matter how your slip and fall injuries occur, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Once you have a better idea of what to expect, you may feel more confident moving forward with your case.

Generally, the claims process works as follows:

  1. Your slip and fall attorney will investigate the cause of your fall, gathering compelling evidence to support liability and prove fault
  2. Once the liable party is identified, your lawyer will file a claim with their insurance company
  3. Your lawyer will negotiate a favorable settlement to cover all your assorted losses.
  4. When settlements are insufficient, or the defendant is not insured, a civil lawsuit against the liable party may be necessary.

Fault, Liability, & Slip & Fall Negligence

To succeed in a slip and fall claim, you’ll need to prove negligence caused your fall. The elements of negligence are as follows:

  • The property owner or manager owed you a duty of care
  • The liable party or property owner failed to act or made a decision that breached their duty of care
  • The property owner’s decision or indecision caused your injuries
  • You suffered significant injury or losses due to the liable party’s negligent actions

Recoverable Damages for a Slip & Fall

You have the right to be compensated for each loss when someone else is to blame for your injuries. Many victims assume they can only recover certain types of economic damages, like their medical bills. However, this only represents a small portion of what a fall could cost you. Economic damages describe all your financial losses. Examples include:

  • Lost income and earning potential
  • Costs of property damages
  • Existing and future medical expenses
  • Loss of household services
  • Costs of increased insurance premiums

Slip and fall injury victims also have the right to be compensated for their non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are often difficult to calculate. Therefore, you should work with a lawyer who will quantify your losses related to a slip and fall to ensure you are compensated fairly.

Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfiguring injuries
  • Skin scarring

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It is not uncommon for property owners and other liable parties to attempt to escape liability by blaming you for causing your injuries. Ensure you have an experienced attorney to ensure the liable party is held accountable for their negligence.

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Slip and Fall Accident FAQs

How long do I have to file my claim?

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2305.11(a), the law only allows for a maximum of two years to pass before the statute of limitations runs out. It is essential to file your claim before this critical deadline, or you could be putting your opportunity to recover your damages and have your case heard in court in jeopardy.

What if I fell on private property?

When you fall on private property, the owner may be obliged to compensate you for your damages. They may be held accountable if they fail to warn you about potential risks or dangers on the premises, make necessary repairs, or otherwise ensure the premises are safe for their invitees.

What if I slipped at a friend’s house?

Even if you fell or tripped in the home of a friend or family member, they may have an obligation to you if their negligence caused your injuries. Most homeowners insurance policies cover these incidents but make sure you have an experienced attorney who can handle your case delicately while also ensuring you are compensated fairly.

What happens if the defense accuses me of being at fault?

Accusing injury victims of sharing liability for their injuries is increasingly common. For example, in a slip and fall accident, if there was a warning sign, you could expect the defendant to argue that the open and obvious rule applies. Here, if the defense can show a hazard was both open and obvious, they may be able to reduce their liability.

However, since Ohio is also a modified comparative negligence state, sharing liability will not prohibit you from a cover and compensation unless your portion of fault crosses the 50% threshold.

Team KNR Will:

  • Investigate, collect evidence, and find those at fault for your accident.
  • Interview witnesses, medical professionals, and experts to show how your life was impacted.
  • Communicate with the insurer, clarify liability, and pursue max compensation.
  • Determine your accident’s full and fair value – what you lost and deserve.
  • Keep you informed and involved. KNR is available by phone, text, email, or Zoom.
  • Protect your rights and, if necessary, take your case to court.
  • Never charge you upfront. If there’s no recovery, there’s no cost.

Although you can hold the liable party, and their insurance company will pay you fairly when they are responsible for causing your damages, often, they do what they can to reduce their financial obligation. Let our team at KNR work tirelessly to ensure you are compensated for every single loss.