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Slip-and-fall accidents on business premises

People are injured by slipping and falling on the premises of Ohio businesses each year. There are several types of hazards that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents, especially when the weather is bad.

People may fall when a piece of flooring or parking lot pavement is broken. Falls can also happen because of holes or slippery surfaces. In the winter, there may be snow and ice covering the parking lots of businesses as well as water and snow tracked inside, making the interior floors slick.

Business owners are advised to do several things after a slip-and-fall accident by Travelers Insurance. The company advises businesses to interview all witnesses after a slip-and-fall accident to try to head off a filed claim. A person who falls should likewise should try to get the names and contact information for people who witnessed what happened. Understanding how a business owner and an insurance company may try to gather evidence in order to fight against claims can be helpful for people who are injured.

A person who is injured on the premises of a business, they may want to get help from a personal injury attorney who has experience in premises liability litigation. Such an attorney will likely be familiar with the law regarding slip-and-fall accidents. Legal counsel may also be well-versed in how these cases are defended and thus better able to prosecute the claim. In many cases, the attorney will enter into negotiations with the company's liability insurer in order to try to obtain a settlement. If the amount offered is inadequate, the attorney may deem it advisable to commence litigation.

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