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,,,who is responsible for injury on a property that is probate and is being rented the tenant or the landlord

Alliance, OH |

someone slipped on wet grass in a stone driveway broke their arm

Attorney Answers 4


  1. If it was in the driveway, I would make a claim against the homeowners policy of the owner of the property.


  2. I would make a claim against both the Estate and the tenant. I would think however that based upon the minimal facts provided that even with a broken arm, it woudl be difficult to have a successful claim, because wet grass would normally be considered (at least under Michigan law) to be open and obvious. In addition, most State have defenses to such claims like comparative and contributory negligence, which means that the amount of money recovered is reduced by the victim's own part in falling. If the jury determines that the vicitm's % of fault is more than 50%, then they would get nothing. I woudl definitely consult with an Ohio attorney though.

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  3. Liability looks tough, but a personal injury lawyer can submit a claim to the homeowners insurance carrier.

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  4. Generally the owner of a property is responsible for its upkeep, particularly on common areas such as driveways.

    You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.

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