Property and business owners generally have a legal obligation to take reasonable actions to ensure that invitees are not hurt while on their property. This may include conducting reasonable inspections of the property, posting warning signs to warn of a hazardous condition on the property, and fixing hazardous conditions.
An Ohio woman recently won $3 million in a lawsuit after her slip-and-fall accident at a local casino in 2016. Customers at the casino had apparently knocked over a wet floor sign, and, while it lay flat on the floor, the woman tripped over it. An employee of the casino apparently had walked by the sign just moments before the woman walked toward it but failed to pick it up.
The woman suffered catastrophic injuries, including a broken knee cap, and her knee now has metal hardware in it. She may have to undergo another surgery, as she struggles with mobility and arthritis at the site of the fracture.
While the casino asserted that the woman could have seen the sign if she had been paying attention to her surroundings, the woman's attorneys argued that the casino had failed to implement a policy for floor inspection or fall prevention. The jury determined that the casino's negligence in failing to maintain the premises resulted in the woman's injuries and found in favor of the woman.
Ohio residents who have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An attorney may be able to assist with your lawsuit and help you recover the damages you deserve.