Ohio residential and commercial property owners could face premises liability claims if someone suffers harm from negligence. The compensation paid to the victim might be substantial, depending on the severity of the injuries. A recent case shows the judgment could reach the seven-figure range.
A significant judgment
Although the premises liability case occurred in Florida, similar claims occur throughout the United States. In 2018, a woman approached the entrance of a resort hotel in Orlando. As she did so, a poorly secured irrigation box cover came loose, and the woman fell into a shallow hole. The resulting injuries led to multiple surgeries, and a subsequent legal claim ended when the woman received a $923,000 judgment.
The case may lead many business owners and managers to assess any hazards at their establishments. Loose railings and broken steps could lead to falls. Not instituting proper security may leave patrons at risk of violent crimes. And there are many other ways visitors to a home or business may suffer negligent harm.
Negligence and premises liability
Property owners, managers and other responsible parties have a legal duty of care to protect visitors from getting injured. Not fixing a severely cracked pathway could leave an owner facing a civil premises liability lawsuit if someone gets hurt.
Correcting dangerous hazards could keep a business owner from facing legal jeopardies. Still, preventable incidents may occur, and the victims might seek compensation. Often, the victims will file a claim against the negligent party’s insurance policy. In many cases, the initial offer will be insufficient, requiring renewed negotiations and perhaps a lawsuit.