If you have been injured on another person’s property in Hilliard, Ohio, premises liability law may provide the option of recovering damages in a civil suit. The following provides a brief introduction to what premises liability is, examples of property types and accidents covered under premises liability, exceptions to premises liability, and how you can file a lawsuit. If you need help with your case, you can call Bressman Law at 877-538-1116.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability means that a property owner is responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe property for visitors. Under premises liability law, a properly owner is liable for injuries that occur on his or her property if the property owner failed to maintain the property so that it was reasonably safe from hazards. If the owner does not maintain the property and a person is injured on the property as a result, then the property owner may be responsible for paying damages to the injured person.
Examples of Property Liability Accidents
Commercial properties, private properties and public properties are all covered under premises liability law. This means that those who can be held liable in the event of an accident include store or building owners, government agencies, and individual home and property owners.
Accidents that may lead to premises liability suits are listed below.
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falling debris
- Food poisoning
- Animal attacks/dog bites
- Elevator/escalator accidents
These types of accidents may occur on any of the types of properties listed above – e.g., a slip and fall at a grocery store, drowning in a homeowner’s pool, etc. Again, if the accident occurred because the property owner failed to take precautions necessary to prevent the hazard that caused the accident from occurring, then the property owner may be liable.
Exceptions to Premises Liability Law
If the victim was trespassing at the time the accident occurred, the property owner may not be liable for injuries. But a property owner is responsible for harm caused to a trespasser if the property owner acted willfully, wantonly or recklessly and that behavior resulted in the trespasser’s harm. If a property owner learns of the trespasser on his or her property but fails to warn the trespasser of hazards on the property, and the trespasser then sustains an injury, the property owner may be liable.
There is also a special exception made for children who trespass. A legal concept known as attractive nuisance may allow parents of children injured on another’s property to file a claim for damages against the property owner. An attractive nuisance is a hazard that may attract children. A common example is a pool – a property owner should take all precautions to prevent children’s access to the pool.
Filing a Premises Liability Lawsuit
If you want to file a premises liability lawsuit for your injuries, it is important to do so as soon as possible. In Ohio, you only have two years from the date of your injury to file your claim for benefits. If more than two years pass from the date of your injury, then you no longer may be able to file a lawsuit against the property owner.
Get help from an attorney to ensure you file the right legal paperwork, collect evidence that establishes negligence and liability, and present a case that establishes your damages.
Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer at Bressman Law Today
If you’re in the Hilliard area and wish to file a premises liability claim, call Bressman Law. Our attorneys are committed to getting you the benefits to which you’re entitled and that you need to pay for medical expenses, make up for lost wages, and that address pain and suffering. If you’re ready to begin, call our offices today at 1-877-538-1116.