Winter weather brings with it snowy, icy and foggy conditions, all of which can make sidewalks and walkways slick and dangerous. If you should have an unfortunate accident on a pathway covered with ice and snow, you may be able to collect compensation for your medical expenses and emotional trauma due to the injury. Slip-and-fall accidents are relatively common in Ohio and throughout the United States and tend to increase in intensity during the winter months. Although business owners and property owners are not in control of the weather, they are responsible for keeping their pathways clear of ice and snow in order to avoid these types of accidents.
An old proverb says "it takes a village to raise a child." The same might be said about protecting one, as well. Parents in Cleveland do all that they can to instill sound judgment in their children, yet kids remain curious about the unknown (often to their own peril). Thus, adults are also often tasked with protecting children from themselves. The attractive nuisance doctrine is just one example of this.
It is an understatement to say that running a business is a big responsibility, and in a 21st century marketplace that spans the globe, that responsibility encompasses more landscape than ever before. But just for a minute, let's talk local and not global. What about traditional mom-and-pop shops that have served Ohio communities for decades?
Every Ohio business owner needs to understand premises liability, the responsibility of an organization and its leadership to people who come onto the property. Accidents happen, of course. When winter hits, snow and ice are the norm, creating dangerous sidewalks and entryways. In the summer, heavy rain can have your customers trudging water in with dripping umbrellas and wet shoes.
As an older person living in Ohio, you may notice that you have become more susceptible to falling down, and you may, too, become more likely to suffer a serious injury after a fall as you grow older. Why? Many older people have certain risk factors that make them more likely to fall, and in many cases, environmental factors also play a role. At Klein & Carney Co., L.P.A., we understand that seniors often suffer extremely debilitating injuries following falls, and we have helped many clients who suffered injuries because of others’ negligence seek recourse.