Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law
Get Your Consultation Today

To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences, in place of face-to-face meetings. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation. For more information, read our blog post.

'Freak Accidents' Can Be Tragic, But Are They Really Blameless?

fallen tree.jpgWe often receive visits or calls from people who have had a horrible accident happen to them or a family member, but they are unsure whether someone can - and should be - held liable for the resulting injury or death. These situations are often described as "freak accidents," but it is important to understand that rarely are there faultless accidents in the legal world.

An example occurred several months ago in Cincinnati, when a woman was killed by a falling tree. She was in her car on Reading Road in Bond Hill, when the Pin Oak tree fell on top of her vehicle. The city of Cincinnati had marked the tree for removal prior to its fall, but it was not classified as needing immediate/emergency removal.

WLWT5 interviewed Charlie Rittgers about the accident. He explained how the city - and perhaps the homeowner of the property with the Pin Oak - may be legally liable for the woman's wrongful death through an insurance claim or lawsuit. Charlie also did an excellent job explaining actual knowledge and constructive knowledge.

To view the video and corresponding article - including the Charlie Rittgers interview - visit this direct link to WLWT.com.

A common situation where people do not know they have the right to legal recourse is after motor vehicle accidents in construction zones. If there was a dangerous condition in the roadway and it was not clearly marked to warn the motorist, he or she may have the opportunity to recover damages through a lawsuit.

If you have a unique situation that has left you are unsure about your legal rights, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. If the answers you receive are unconvincing, it never hurts to get a second opinion.

Rittgers & Rittgers offers free initial consultations for accidents involving serious injuries or death.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  1. Distinguished AV | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  2. Super Lawyers
  3. AVVO Rating 10.0 Superb
  4. Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  5. Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  6. Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  7. The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  8. The National Trial Lawyers | Top 40 Under 40

Get Your Consultation Today. Call 513-932-2115.

Rittgers & Rittgers answers its phones 24/7. Call us anytime to secure your consultation with one of our award-winning lawyers. You can rely on us for elite representation from our deliberately small, family-run law firm.

Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law

Lebanon Office
12 East Warren Street
Lebanon, Ohio 45036

Phone: 513-932-2115
Fax: 513-934-2201
Map & Directions

West Chester Office
9078 Union Centre Blvd.
Suite 350
West Chester, OH 45069

Phone: 513-932-9949
West Chester Law Office

Cincinnati Office
3734 Eastern Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45226

Phone: 513-932-7375
Map & Directions

Florence Office
7310 Turfway Road, Suite 550
Florence, KY 41042

Kentucky Law Office

Oxford Office
121 West High Street
Oxford, OH 45056

Phone: 513-524-5000
Fax: 513-524-5001
Map & Directions

Email Us Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us Today