Overview of Premises Liability Law

Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: January 22nd, 2015 | Categories: Columbus Personal Injury Lawyer

In Ohio, all property owners are responsible for maintaining safe conditions for the people visiting the property.  This means keeping the property clear of debris and other dangers.  No patron or guest anticipates injury when visiting an establishment; however, many people sustain injury while visiting unsafe or poorly kept property.  Premise liability law is a legal theory that holds that the owner or operator is responsible for the safety of those visiting, and will be held liable for certain injuries on the property.

Much of Ohio’s premise liability law is based on common law rather than statute.  This means the courts have helped to shape and mold the common understanding of what type of claims are recognized under premise liability law.  In each case, the court will examine multiple elements, including the reason the injured party was on the property, known as entrant status.  Traditionally, the owner or operator of the property had no duty to keep trespassers safe, although this has evolved over the years.  Today’s premise liability common law developed in part to help business owners and landowners understand what duty they owed to those who entered on to the land, be it as a social guest, a licensee, or a trespasser.  Additionally it helped determine the type of insurance each business would need as the insurance companies often provide coverage for any guests or licensees who were injured on the property.

Slip and fall injuries are the most common type of premise liability claim.  Often this occurs when the property owner has failed to clean up spills or slick spots inside the building or on walkways used to access the business or property.  Business now must use proper signage to signal when there has been a spill so customers are warned and on notice for the slick spots on the floor.  Premise liability cases also include injuries from uneven sidewalks, dangerous steps, and improper upkeep.  Whatever the reason, those who maintain the premises have a duty to all who enter to make it safe. 

If you find yourself injured as a result of a slick floor or improperly cleared icy sidewalk, you should contact a premise liability attorney right away.  In Ohio the statute of limitations for slip and fall claims is only 2 years, which means you only have 2 years to start your suit in court before you lose the right to bring your claim.  This is why contacting a trained personal injury attorney soon after the incident is so important.  When you hire a personal injury attorney shortly after the slip and fall, your attorney will be able to investigate whether you have a justifiable claim and then advocate on your behalf. 

Generally those who file a claim want monetary compensation for the injuries sustained.  Hospital bills are expensive.  In addition, the cost of rehabilitation and home care is on the rise.  A sudden increase in medical bills can be a financial hardship, so why bear the cost for another’s mistake?  If someone else is at fault for your injury, then hire an attorney to help make the one at fault pay the cost of hospital bills and any long-term care you may need.  It is important to act fast rather than postpone a call to an attorney regarding your injuries.  A personal injury attorney will advocate for your rights and pursue any justifiable claim of negligence on your behalf. 

If you or a loved one sustained an injury from a building or location that was unsafe, contact Jones Law Group today. Our skilled attorneys are dedicated to helping injured clients recover physically, emotionally, and financially from their injuries.  Call (614) 545-9998 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation and determine whether you have a justifiable claim.

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