The Columbus Dispatch recently reported on an incident in Clark County, Ohio, that occurred when an elderly resident of a nursing home, who was being evacuated from the nursing home due to a small fire in the laundry room, slipped and fell because the floor was wet from the sprinklers that had activated to contain the fire. Tragically, the resident sustained a wrongful death as the result of her injuries. According the the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, falls among nursing home residents occur frequently and repeatedly, and about 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries, and those who survive their falls frequently sustain hip fractures and head injuries that result in permanent disability and reduced quality of life. The CDC also reports that each year, a typical nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls, that many falls go unreported, and that between half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year. About 1,800 people living in nursing homes die each year from falls. The CDC has indicated that the cause of many of these falls are hazards such as wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height, and improperly fitted or maintained wheelchairs. If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall at a nursing home, you should immediately contact experienced attorneys.
This time of year we are often reminded that with winter weather comes an increase in the number of truck accidents happening on the treacherous roadways, in Columbus and around the country. However, winter is not the only factor that contributes to the number of truck accidents and car accidents seen on the roadways every day. Recently, an accident on Route 60 in Ohio sent four people to local hospitals. The accident occurred between Marietta and Lowell.
Many people avoid riding motorcycles due to their high crash rate, and the high fatality rate that follows accidents involving motorbikes. Others however, assume the risk in order to enjoy this adventurous lifestyle. Unfortunately, many Franklin County families are struggling with this notion after a motorcycle accident last month killed one woman and left a man in critical condition in hospital.
Premises liability refers to the duty of a property owner or business to keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition. Wet and slippery floors in a restaurant, store, or other public area create a substantial risk for injury. If a property owner or business operator fails to take action to clean up a known spill, or has not clearly marked an area that has been recently mopped, serious injury, including head injuries, can result. We represented a woman who was at the food court of a busy mall with her young grandson, who had gotten up and was walking with him so that he could use the bathroom, when she slipped and fell where a spilled drink had been mopped up. Although the property owner had placed "wet floor" warning cones, they were placed all around the outside perimeter of the food court, instead of around the specific area that had been mopped, such that they did not effectively warn our client of the fact that the floor was wet and slippery. The property owner also denied mopping in the area where our client had fallen, but the work logs showed that the property owner's employees had been mopping in the area where our client fell.
Residents of Columbus are often upset when a senseless accident causes an injury. But nothing is more heartbreaking than when a young child is hurt. Parents try to protect their children from all types of harm, but they cannot be everywhere all the time. Such was the apparent case last month when an accident critically injured a 5-year-old Bucyrus boy.
One Columbus woman who sustained massive injuries to most of her body in a terrible accident this summer is happy she and her family live in such a generous city. Her joy is based on a fundraiser held in her honor last month at the Eagles Club, which was attended by an estimated 550 well-wishers.