When it comes to premises and property liability, there are a few important key points. Property owners in Ohio are responsible for repairing known dangerous or unsafe conditions. If repairs aren't made, owners must warn visitors of the unsafe condition. Furthermore, not knowing about a dangerous condition isn't necessarily a viable excuse. Property owners are also responsible for reasonable inspection as well as maintenance.
A man in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania recently filed a slip and fall lawsuit against numerous defendants for injuries he sustained due to a dangerous condition at a train station. The man apparently hurt himself when he fell on a raised and uneven sidewalk at a Philadelphia train station.
According to the complaint, the victim hurt his shoulder, back, knees and even his neck. He also suffered from some herniated discs. The lawsuit is against Amtrak, Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation, the City of Philadelphia and a construction company that was working on the train station at the time of the accident. The complaint accuses the defendants of negligence for allowing the dangerous sidewalk condition to exist, not fixing the problem, failing to provide a safe passage route for train passengers and failing to close off the dangerous area.
As with most premises liability cases, the man states that he has since incurred bills for medical treatment and suffered physical pain and mental anguish. He anticipates that some of these injuries will continue to cause him pain and strife in the future and he is asking for over $50,000 in damages.
Ohio residents who are injured because of an unsafe property condition have the same legal option available to bring a lawsuit against any responsible party. In some cases, it may only be a single homeowner, or in other cases, like the case above, there may be numerous negligent actors.
A person affected by unsafe conditions on private or public property should seek to understand their situation and options. A qualified professional may be able to help a victim decide who to name in a complaint and how to determine the amount of damages to ensure that a just result is obtained.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Phila. man sues Amtrak, PennDOT, others over slip-and-fall at 30th Street Station," Jon Campisi, Aug. 19, 2013