Property owners owe a certain duty to people who are lawfully on their premises. This means, if they fail to take reasonable measures to maintain safe grounds, they may be held liable if someone is injured. There are many parts to a premises liability case, however, so it is important to work with a skilled attorney.
As a third-generation Ohio premises liability lawyer with 30 years of experience, John A. Lancione understands the ins and outs of property owner liability as it pertains to different types of visitors. He and our team at The Lancione Law Firm know how to identify negligence and legal accountability in order to help victims of slip and fall accidents, negligent security, animal attacks, swimming pool accidents, and other events seek justice.
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Ohio Property Owner Liability: Invitees, Licensees & Trespassers
There are different classifications of visitors under Ohio premises liability laws, and depending on the type, a property owner may have varying degrees of responsibility to the visitor:
- The highest duty is owed to invitees, who come to a property by invitation, typically for some purpose that is beneficial to the property owner. A shopper at a retail store is an example. For invitees, property owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for entry or use.
- A lesser duty is owed to licensees, who come to a property with the permission or agreement of the owner, typically for the licensee’s benefit or pleasure. For licensees, property owners have a duty to avoid recklessly or willfully causing harm. If the property owner knows of the licensee’s presence, he or she owes a normal duty of care.
- For trespassers, people who are on the property without the owner’s knowledge or consent, the duty of care is similar as for licensees. The only exception may apply to children, under the attractive nuisance doctrine, which provides greater protection if they are injured due to an artificial condition on another’s property (such as a swimming pool) that is unprotected.
If you want to learn more about the circumstances surrounding your case and whether the property owner had a duty to protect you from harm, call The Lancione Law Firm at (440) 220-4439.