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Protecting The Wrongfully Injured

Under Ohio Law, a property and housing owner has an obligation to maintain their premises and provide tenants with safe living conditions. Unfortunately, many landlords in Ohio try to cut costs and leave their property in an unsafe state of disrepair.

Should tenants or guests suffer an injury due to landlord neglect, it may be possible to file a claim and recover compensation for incurred medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Accident victims are often injured as a result of unsafe walkways, broken stairs and railings, leaky ceilings, cluttered hallways, faulty windows, lack of fire alarms, and poorly maintained common areas with Defective Grills.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio landlord negligence lawyer and premises liability attorney investigating tenant injury claims for plaintiffs nationwide.

Common Landlord Negligence Cases

  • Lack of Security—victims of an apartment complex assault where the landlord failed to provide adequate security, broken windows or working locks can file a neglect claim with an Ohio landlord negligence lawyer. The Lyon Firm has success in holding landlords responsible for failing to provide adequate security.
  • Elevator Accidents: elevator and escalator accidents can be quite severe, and result in permanent injuries and deaths. Poorly maintained elevators are common in badly run housing units, and safety hazards exist as a result.
  • Improperly Maintained Property—injuries that result from broken sidewalks, railings, elevators, or slippery and unsalted walkways, may have a rightful injury claim. Slip and fall accidents are taken seriously in Ohio courts.
  • Unsafe Common Areas—common grills that create a fire and burn risk or playground equipment that causes an injury can be basis for a lawsuit. All grills should be inspected regularly and playground equipment should be up to safety standards.
  • Toxic SubstancesLead paintasbestosmold, solvents and other toxins that lead to tenant illness or injury can lead to a property neglect lawsuit. Landlords will often try to cut corners and use the cheapest and most toxic materials, and can be a serious safety hazard to children and tenants.
  • Dog Bitesdangerous dog breeds and other aggressive pets that cause an injury may be reason to contact an Ohio landlord negligence lawyer to consider legal recourse. Ohio law holds the dog owner responsible as well as the property owner when they should have known of the animal’s potentially aggressive behavior. Dog bite lawsuits can compensate a victim for their injuries and emotional scarring.
  • Swimming Pool AccidentsPool Accidents and accidental drowning accidents are relatively common at apartment complexes because they typically do not have lifeguards or any supervision. Children are at real risk if they are able to gain access to pool areas. Unsafe pool areas can be very dangerous to all tenants.
  • Fire Safety Neglect—landlords and property owners have a responsibility for implementing fire safety. Victims of apartment fires who suffer burn injuries due to lack of smoke or fire alarms or other fire precautionary measures should contact a premises liability attorney and Ohio landlord negligence lawyer.

Landlords are required to provide smoke detectors in apartments. The device must be located on the ceiling or wall and at a centrally located point. Defective smoke alarms must be replaced immediately. Some landlords may also provide unsafe or defective space heating equipment.

Common Injuries Due to Landlord Neglect

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Apartments and properties can be considered unsafe for a number of reasons, including structural issues, fire risks, toxic exposure, and negligent security. Landlords have a lot of responsibility to maintain their property and its premises.

If landlords fail to keep units and common areas safe, and fail to make necessary repairs, they may be liable for injuries that occur on their property. When tenants notify a landlord of a broken light or lock or unsafe piece of the property, and they fail to fix the problem before an accident, they may be liable.

Both tenants and visitors have a right to be protected at any property in question. Landlords have a duty to make the premises safe for those who live on the property, and everyone else.

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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.

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Questions about Personal Injury Cases

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Are there any limits to what I can recover?

Each state will vary. Under Ohio law, an injured party may recover damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The numerical limits are as such:

  1. Non-Catastrophic Injury:   The non-economic award is limited to $250,000 per plaintiff, or three times the economic loss, up to $350,000 per plaintiff. A maximum of $500,000 for each “occurrence.”
  2. Catastrophic Injury: No limits.

The Lyon Firm may be able to file injury claims and recover rightful compensation for clients for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and long-term disability.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.   Personal Injury lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 



(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.



(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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