Ohio property owners are responsible for maintaining their buildings and properties in a manner that keeps people who enter them reasonably safe and free from peril. When buildings and the premises on which they sit become unsafe and dangerous conditions are allowed to exist, serious injuries can easily occur. If you or a loved one have experienced an injury in or around an unsafe building, then you owe it to yourself to seek experienced counsel and representation from a Columbus unsafe buildings accident attorney right away.

Premises Liability Laws

Property owners in Ohio are subject to the provisions of premises liability law. If accidents and injuries occur on their properties, there is a strong chance that the property owner is held to account (at least financially) for damages that result. Unsafe building accidents may arise from:

  • Violations of uniform building codes
  • Lack of proper maintenance and upkeep to the property/building
  • Mismanagement of the property/building
  • Defective building design
  • Construction defects

There are myriad ways that buildings may be unsafe or become unsafe. For example, the person who designed the building may have been negligent in designing a building that was not able to withstand weight on particular load-bearing walls, leading to its collapse. Or perhaps the builder used subpar material to cut costs, which lead to the deterioration of building components. The onus is on the owner of the building to remedy any known or discovered defects within a reasonable amount of time and to alert others to the potential for harm that the defects cause.

Determination of Unsafe Building Status

In order for a building to be considered unsafe, there must be a specific defect present or there must be an element of unreadable risk of harm associated with the building. The defect must be one that a prudent person practicing ordinary care under the same circumstances would become injured due to the defect. In addition, the injured person must be owed a duty of care to be kept safe, and they must have incurred an injury due to a defect or dangerous condition that is serious enough to warrant medical treatment. An unsafe building attorney can review the particulars in your case to determine components of the case such as the legal cause of injury and the scope of the duty owed to you by the owner of the building and/or other potentially responsible parties.

Damages in Unsafe Building Cases

When you are injured due to the negligence of a building owner or other responsible party, you have a right to collect damages that may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical costs
  • Future lost income
  • Pain and suffering

If your loved one passed away due to injuries received during an unsafe building accident, you may have the right to collect damages in a wrongful death suit. Plaintiffs in these cases are usually spouses, partners, children, parents or other relatives.

Getting Legal Help

If you have received a serious or catastrophic injury due to the negligent actions or inactions of a property owner in Ohio, reach out to the Columbus unsafe buildings accident attorney with Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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