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Premises Liability Attorneys in Xenia, Ohio

According to statistics from CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, over 8 million people were treated in emergency rooms for unintentional fall-related injuries. Under Ohio premises liability laws, the owner of real property owes a duty of care to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. This can range from carrying out routine property inspections to adequate maintenance, prompt repairs, or warning visitors about unsafe or dangerous conditions of the premises.

If you were hurt in an accident on another person's property, you are within your rights to hold the property owner liable and seek fair compensation for your injuries. At Peterson & Peterson, we are dedicated to providing experienced legal services and handling premises liability cases. Our knowledgeable Ohio personal injury attorneys will advocate for your legal rights and help recover rightful compensation for your injuries and any additional pain and suffering you were put through.

Premises Liability in Ohio

A premises liability lawsuit is a lawsuit involving an injury caused by the unsafe or dangerous condition of another person's property. If a person suffers an injury in an accident on someone else's property due to the dangerous, unsafe, or hazardous situation of the property, the injured person may hold the property owner liable through a premises liability claim or lawsuit.

Attractive Nuisance

In 2001, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted the "attractive nuisance doctrine." According to the doctrine, a landowner may be held liable for injuries to children trespassing on their land if:

  • The possessor knows that children are likely to trespass.

  • The possessor knows that the condition of the property will constitute an unreasonable risk of death or serious bodily harm to such children.

  • The children are unable to appreciate the risk because of their youth.

  • The possessor fails to exercise reasonable care to eliminate the danger or protect their children.

Statute of Limitations

The premises liability statute of limitations in Ohio gives injured victims up to two years from the date of the accident or injury to file claims or commence a civil action against the negligent property owner.

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Common Types of Premises Liability Claims

The common types of accidents or injuries that may result in a premises liability claim include:

  • Slip and falls

  • Dog bites and other animal attacks

  • Defective staircases or stair accidents

  • Someone dug a hole and didn't put up barriers and warnings

  • Negligent security leading to injury or assault

  • Inadequate maintenance of the property

  • Elevator and escalator defects or accidents

  • Porch collapses

  • Accidents involving fire

  • Garage door accidents

  • Swimming pool accidents

  • Chemicals or toxic fumes

  • Water leaks or flooding

At Peterson & Peterson, we’re proud to serve clients throughout Ohio who have experienced any of these accidents. If you live in Xenia or the neighboring areas of Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Springfield, Clark County, Greene County, and Dayton, get in touch with us.

Private Property vs. Public Property Claims

In premises liability lawsuits, public and private property negligence are the same. Injured victims are eligible to seek compensation against the negligent property owner for getting hurt on a private property or against the government for their premises-related injuries on a public property. Hence, whether it's your neighbor, local grocery store, or even a government entity, you can file a premises liability claim against any negligent property owner.

Recoverable Damages

Through a premises liability claim in Ohio, the injured victim may recover the following damages:

  • Medical bills, including future medical treatment

  • Lost income or wages and other benefits

  • Physical therapy

  • Lost or reduced earning capacity

  • Scarring or disfigurement

  • Emotional discomfort

  • Pain and suffering

How an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Determining who should be held legally responsible for an injury on another person's property can be complicated. You need to prove negligence or establish that the landowner had prior knowledge of the unsafe conditions of the property but failed to repair it or warn you. Therefore, consulting with a skilled personal injury attorney is paramount to help protect your legal rights and pursue deserved compensation for your injuries.

At Peterson & Peterson, we have the resources and experience to assist clients in premises liability-related matters. Our attorneys will:

  • Represent your best interests and work to hold the liable parties responsible

  • Review and investigate every last detail of your unique circumstances

  • Seek to establish liability and estimate case-value

  • Handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company while you recover

  • Help negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer

  • File a premises liability lawsuit or take additional legal action, where required

As your legal counsel, we will fight diligently on your side to protect your rights and help pursue fair financial compensation to cover lost income and benefits, current medical expenses, future medical treatment, and any additional pain and suffering. Having our team on your side can make a significant difference in your premises liability case.

Premises Liability Attorneys Serving Xenia, Ohio

If you were injured in an accident on someone else's property, you may seek fair compensation. Contact Peterson & Peterson today to schedule a simple case assessment. Our experienced attorneys can fight tirelessly to protect your rights and offer the comprehensive representation you need in your premises liability lawsuit. We're proud to represent clients throughout Xenia, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Springfield, Clark County, Greene County, and Dayton, Ohio. Call us today to get the help you need.