It might surprise you to learn that property owners in Ohio have a responsibility to maintain property that is used by the public. When property owners fail to meet this standard, they can end up being held liable for resulting injuries. The area of personal injury law that defines the rules regarding a property owner’s duty to maintain is referred to as premises liability and is particularly complex.
The Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents in Ohio
There are numerous ways in which premises liability accidents in Ohio can occur. Some of the most common types of premises liability accidents that our law firm handles include the following:
- Defective construction. Defective construction or lack of maintenance can lead to dangerous parking lots, sidewalks, stairwells, and other public spaces. Some property owners are known to save money by failing to make adequate repairs or have buildings properly inspected by officials.
- Dog bites. Each year, many people are bitten by dogs. Many dog attacks involve young children and the elderly. The state of Ohio has specific laws regarding dog attacks, which is why many people who are attacked in such a way find it vital to obtain the assistance of an experienced accident attorney.
- Elevator defects. When elevators are defective, it is common for serious and life-changing injuries to occur. Most often, these accidents occur because elevators have not been routinely inspected or adequately maintained.
- Negligent maintenance. Numerous properties throughout Ohio present a risk to people because the owners have neglected to maintain them. Some of the most common types of negligent maintenance including failing to clean up ice or snow, tree limbs that fall on people, and staircases with railings that give out while in use.
- Negligent supervision. Children are sometimes catastrophically injured or killed because the person who is tasked with caring for them fails to do so. Negligent supervision can also occur because adult and children are inadequately supervised while swimming in public pools and subsequently drown.
- Slip and fall accidents. These accidents often happen as a result of negligent property owners who do not clean up wet floors. In the case of many slip and fall accidents, property owners argue that they were not aware that the conditions could have caused a slip and fall accident. Other causes of slip and fall accidents include poor maintenance, inadequate lighting, and uneven floors.
Proving a property owner is liable for an injury can be very difficult. As such, insurance companies fight these cases very aggressively.
Obtain the Services of a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one was harmed due to dangerous conditions on another person’s property, you should not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. At Kruger & Hodges, we understand just how serious the injuries can be following premise liability accidents and will remain committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve. Contact our law office today to schedule an initial free case evaluation with one of our personal injury lawyers.