The holiday shopping season is here and with increased foot traffic in stores the risk of a fall can increase in Ohio. As stores and public spaces become more crowded there may be more obstacles and floors may be wetter due to inclement weather. If it is an outdoor venue ice may be a factor. So what should a person do if one is involved in a slip-and-fall accident?

After a fall it is a good idea to seek medical attention. Even if there is no obvious damage, falls can cause problems that if not treated could become debilitating. Getting checked out and finding nothing is wrong can provide peace of mind. Notify the management of the property where the accident took place and ask that the person write up the incident and provide a copy of the report. Remain calm and do not accept blame or place fault with the establishment where the fall occurred.

If the fall occurred in a place of business that normally sees significant customer foot traffic, such as a grocery store or department store, the establishment may be financially responsible for damages incurred in the accident.  This would be particularly true if the fall was due to a dangerous condition that had not been addressed, such as a wet floor. Such damages could include medical expenses, lost wages and other verifiable losses.

A sudden and unexpected slip-and-fall accident can be unpleasant and scary. A person who is injured in such a fall may not know what to do and be unaware of one’s rights under the law in Ohio. A conversation with a personal injury attorney can help a person to better understand the situation and help determine the available options for legal recourse.