If you get hurt while on someone else’s property, you may have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries and other damages. Premises liability is the general term used to describe this area of the law. In Ohio, slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of premises liability cases.
Understanding how this area of the law works can be helpful if you sustain injuries in a slip and fall accident. However, the best way to determine whether you have a viable case—and how much your potential settlement value might be worth—is to talk with an Ohio premises liability lawyer.
What Is Premises Liability?
Ohio premises liability law determines when a property owner (or property manager or tenant, in some cases) is responsible for injuries a victim sustains while on their property. If the property owner is liable, the victim has grounds to pursue compensation for their economic and non-economic damages.
Property owners owe visitors a duty of care to maintain their property in a reasonable manner that does not place visitors in danger of getting hurt. If the owner fails to maintain their property safely and, as a result, someone gets hurt, the owner might be liable for the victim’s injuries and other damages.
Because the legal issues involved with premises liability cases are complex, talking to an Ohio slip and fall lawyer can provide you with a better understanding of how the law applies to your case.
How Do I Know If I Have a Valid Premises Liability or Slip and Fall Case?
Simply getting hurt on someone else’s property does not automatically qualify you for a settlement. In fact, even if unsafe conditions caused your injuries, the property owner or manager might not be liable. Successful premises liability cases require the at-fault party (the property owner or manager) to have been negligent.
To demonstrate negligence and prove liability for your damages, you must demonstrate that the property owner or manager either:
- Created the dangerous condition that caused your injuries,
- Knew of the dangerous condition but failed to take action, or
- Should reasonably have known about the dangerous condition and taken action.
Ultimately, you shouldn’t have to determine whether negligence caused or contributed to your injuries. An Ohio slip and fall lawyer can review the facts of your case to determine if you have a viable claim. Your attorney can also provide you with a more accurate estimate of your claim’s potential value than you will find anywhere else.
Examples of Common Premises Liability Cases We Handle in Ohio
Ohio slip and fall lawyers commonly help clients who suffered injuries due to conditions such as:
- Broken stairs or handrails,
- Accumulated snow or ice,
- Unsecured floor mats,
- Cracked or broken sidewalks,
- Wet floors and spills, and
- Walkway obstructions.
Although these are some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents, you could sustain premises-related injuries in any number of other ways. These are some of the other common causes of action for premises liability in Ohio.
If you fall victim to a crime because a property owner had inadequate security, the property owner could have liability for any injuries and other damages you sustained.
This category of injury typically results when children are left unsupervised in a swimming pool, on a trampoline, or in another type of potentially dangerous scenario. Animal bite injuries may also fall under this category of premises liability.
Property owners must maintain their property adequately to prevent harm to others. Inadequate maintenance could lead to fires, structural collapse, or a variety of other incidents in which you could sustain serious or catastrophic injuries.
Contact a premises liability attorney at Bensinger Law to discuss the details of your case. We can give you the information you need and help you get started with the legal process.
Hiring an Ohio Premises Liability Attorney
Hiring a lawyer for a premises liability case makes good sense for most injury victims. You have more than enough to worry about. Having an attorney gives you the time and energy to focus on your health and healing. Meanwhile, your lawyer will handle all the details of your case and fight to get you the settlement you deserve.
In Ohio, Aaron Bensinger of Bensinger Law understands what you’re going through. Mr. Bensinger assists clients throughout northwest Ohio, including Lima, Elida, Van Wert, Kenton, and more. You need an aggressive advocate who is willing to take on the insurance company and fight for the compensation you deserve. You don’t have to face these challenges alone.
To schedule your no-cost consultation, contact Bensinger Law today.