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A Columbus Personal Injury Attorney Explains: What is a Premises Liability Claim (and Do You Have One?)

Premises Liability

Premises liability is an area of personal injury law that covers property owners’ and tenants’ responsibility to protect their guests and customers from unnecessary harm. While not all hazardous property conditions give rise to premises liability claims, many do. Therefore, if you were injured on someone else’s property in Ohio, you might have a premises liability claim, and you should speak with a Columbus personal injury attorney promptly.

Common Examples of Premises Liability Claims in Ohio

Premises liability claims can take many different forms. Similar to most other types of personal injury claims, the law of negligence governs premises liability claims. If you were injured on someone else’s property, and if your injury was the result of the property owner’s or tenant’s negligence, then you are entitled to just compensation under Ohio law.

Negligence can take many forms. For example, some of the most common grounds for pursuing premises liability claims in Ohio include:

  • Failure to clean up spills
  • Failure to repair or replace the damaged flooring material
  • Failure to repair or replace cracked concrete or asphalt
  • Failure to adequately maintain elevators and escalators
  • Failure to warn guests and customers of known hazards (i.e., by placing cones around a wet area of the floor)

Slips, trips, falls from height, elevator and escalator malfunctions, fires, electrical shocks, and swimming pool accidents are common examples of accidents that can lead to liability for property owners and tenants. However, there are numerous other examples as well. Premises-related accidents can lead to substantial medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses, and filing a successful claim can be a critical step in the recovery process.  

Do I Have a Premises Liability Claim in Columbus?

So, do you have a premises liability claim? Here are three key questions that will help determine your legal rights:

  • Were you injured on public or private property? As long as you were not injured in your own home, you could have a premises liability claim under Ohio law (if you were injured in your own home, you could have other grounds to pursue a financial recovery). This is true whether you were injured at someone else’s home, in a common area of your condo or apartment building, at a business, in a government building, or in a public area such as a park or playground.
  • Was the accident recent? You have up to two years to file a premises liability claim under Ohio law. However, it is important that you speak with a Columbus personal injury attorney about your situation as soon as possible.
  • Have you seen a doctor for treatment? To file a claim, you will need evidence that your injuries resulted from the accident. This makes it critically important to see a doctor as soon after the accident as possible. If you haven’t yet seen a doctor, we can provide you with a referral.

Talk to a Columbus Personal Injury Attorney for Free

If you need to know more about filing a premises liability claim in Ohio, we encourage you to get in touch. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Columbus personal injury attorney, call 888-444-7440 or tell us how we can reach you online now.