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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Lost or reduced earning capacity
Scarring or disfigurement
Pain and suffering
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.
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.