Columbus Premises Liability Attorney
At Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A., our premises liability lawyers in Columbus, Ohio provide legal guidance and representation to those who have been seriously injured on another’s property due to an owner’s negligence.
Under Ohio law, those individuals or entities who own or manage property are required to search for hazardous conditions on their property and protect individuals against those hazards. When the owner or entity discovers a hazardous condition, that person or entity must take steps to make that dangerous condition safe. If the condition cannot be made safe, then that person or entity must warn others of the hazard so that they can avoid it.
When a person becomes seriously injured as a result of the owner, business, and/or manager failing to fix or warn of a hazardous condition, our Columbus premise liability attorneys strive to ensure that the owners and/or entity is held responsible for the harms and losses that were caused.
A Premises Liability Claim Can Occur Differently
While slip and fall incidents are the most common type of premises liability claim, they certainly are not the only type. Some examples of premises liability include:
- Slip and fall
- Broken or damaged steps, stairs, or floorboards
- Slippery and wet floors
- Dog bites
- Defective stairways
- Ceiling collapse
- Building code violations
- Inadequate lighting
- Negligent security
If you have been involved in an incident that was caused from one of the above conditions, our Columbus premises liability lawyers can assist you in pursuing a legal recovery.
What should I do if I was injured in a premise liability setting?
While no scenario is the same, there are several general steps one should take if he or she is injured on another person or entity’s premises:
- Report the incident to the owner or manager of the property. In some situations, this may mean reporting the incident to an employee or manager of a store or restaurant. Reporting not only helps establish later that the incident resulted from a hazardous condition, but also ensures that the hazardous condition can be fixed to prevent further harm to others.
- Fill out an incident report and list what caused the injury. Often, commercial facilities, such as grocery stores, restaurants, or property complexes have standard incident reports. However, in situations where that does not apply, like after a dog attack, it may be more appropriate to report the incident to an official agency, such as a dog warden or police officer.
- Take pictures of the hazardous condition and the surrounding areas. While most commercial facilities have security cameras, not all areas are always filmed. Therefore, taking pictures, even with one’s phone, is important. Although one may testify about the hazard, photographs and videos are important for recreating how the hazard looked at the time or after the incident. Such evidence could be the cornerstone to proving one’s case.
- Identify witnesses and get their contact information. These individuals may be important to supplementing one’s testimony about what caused the injury, whether the employees were aware of the hazardous condition or should have been aware, whether the condition was observable, or how the incident occurred.
- Seek medical care. Above and beyond any issues related to proving fault, ensuring one’s safety should be priority. Often, what is thought to be a soft tissue injury or general soreness can be a more significant injury, such as a concussion or head injury, SLAP tear, torn rotator cuff, torn ACL, or spinal injury. These injuries can be significant and can require immediate treatment. Failure to treat these issues sometimes may also cause injuries to be permanent. Therefore, those injured should take precaution in treating to ensure their recovery.
Why should you hire Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. as your Columbus premises liability lawyer?
Our law firm has an earned reputation for success. Our Columbus personal injury attorneys have a proven record of success, courtroom experience, and a background in trial. Our firm’s trial success includes the honor of obtaining the highest verdict in the history of Union County, Ohio ($34.3 Million) in 2017. In addition, our firm has years of experience litigating for our injured clients and ensuring that they receive maximum compensation for their losses.
Our law firm is client focused. Most important to us are the perspectives of our clients; we would encourage you to review our testimonial page to see what past clients have to say. In addition, our firm received the Martindale-Hubbell “Client Champion” award in 2019, which is an award that recognizes those attorneys who excel at service as affirmed by their clients. We also carry a manageable case load, which allows us an ability to pay careful attention to the details of each case and to be available to discuss and work closely with our clients in achieving favorable results.
Call Our Columbus Premises Liability Attorney Discuss Your Potential Claims
Call (614) 221-4035 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential personal injury claims with one of our premise liability attorneys in Columbus Ohio.