Spitzer Law Offices help the injured throughout Ohio & Texas to recover the compensation they deserve.
Premises liability law deals with people who are injured on other people’s property due to negligence or a failure to maintain safe conditions.
These injuries can come about in any number of ways, including:
- Negligent security
- Dangerous animals
- Elevator and escalator malfunctions
- Hotel swimming pool injuries
- And more
At the Spitzer Law Offices, our premises liability attorneys in Ohio work hard to protect the right of our injured clients by building a strong claim for compensation.
We have a firm grasp of the relevant laws, procedures, and paperwork and can provide you with effective and personalized representation at every stage of the legal process. Let our skilled attorneys help you get the financial resources you need to recover.
What Compensation is Available for Premises Liability Claims?
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be eligible for compensation that can help pay for costly:
- Hospital bills
- Damaged property
- Disability expenses
- Rehabilitation fees
- And more
Premises Liability Law in Ohio
Property owners in Ohio have certain obligations to meet in order to ensure that people who are on their property do not suffer injuries. However, there are varying levels of care that they need to meet, which are dependent on what type of visitor enters their property.
Typically, there are three types of visitors: licensees, invitees, and trespassers. Property owners need to meet the highest level of care for invitees, second highest level of care for licensees, and lowest level of care for trespassers.
What are Invitees?
Invitees are people who enter the property for with the permission of the owner for a business or commercial purpose, such as those:
- Who stop at a gas station for gas, shop at a boutique to buy clothes
- Enter a grocery store to buy food
- And so on
For this classification of people, property owners need to regularly inspect their business for any potential dangers and repair or provide adequate notice of these dangers to their invitees. This level of care also holds property owners liable for dangers on their premises that they should have reasonably known about.
What are Considered Licensees?
Licensees are social guests, such as family members, friends, and others who enter the property for social reasons, such as an anniversary celebration of birthday party. However, this classification also includes those who were initially not invited, such as a friend or neighbor stopping by unannounced.
For this classification of visitors, property owners are required to repair any unsafe conditions, provide adequate warnings for any potential dangers, and maintain the property in a reasonably safe manner.
Who is Considered a Trespasser?
Trespassers are those who enter a property without permission. However, property owners still owe trespassers a level of care to prevent reckless or intentional injury.
As an example, a property owner would face potential liability if they set up a trip wire that could cause harm to a trespasser by triggering a harmful explosive or other device. When the property owner discovers the trespasser, the owner is obligated to warn the trespasser of any potential dangers.
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