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Business owners and premises liability

Business owners in Ohio are legally responsible for ensuring the safety of most individuals who step onto their property. This includes employees who work at the business, customers of the business, vendors selling merchandise to the business and even trespassers in some cases. If a business owner fails to maintain the safety of their property, they could be held liable for the injuries that occur on their property as a result.

A business owner can be held liable for injuries that occur on their property even if they are renting the property from a landlord. When a business owner signs a rental agreement for a commercial property, they usually assume full responsibility for keeping their property free of hazards. After taking on this responsibility, business owners must inspect their property for hazards, correct any hazards that they find and warn visitors about hazards that cannot be immediately corrected.

The most common type of premises liability claims that are filed against business owners are claims for slip-and-fall accidents. However, there are many other kinds of commercial property accidents that can result in lawsuits. A business owner may be held liable for assault that occurs on their property, injuries caused by hazardous substances on their property or injuries caused by defective equipment on their property.

A person who was injured while visiting a dangerous property may want to talk to a lawyer about filing a premises liability claim. A lawyer may be able to help the injured victim to identify all of the parties who hold liability for the accident that occurred and pursue an appropriate award for damages.

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