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16 Aug

Understanding Your Rights: Personal Injury and Product Liability in Public Spaces


Ensuring the safety of individuals in public spaces is a responsibility shared by all – from government entities, private businesses to the individuals themselves. At SELPH LAW, a premier personal injury law firm in Columbus, Ohio, we strongly believe in empowering our clients and community with knowledge of their rights. This in-depth guide will explore your rights in public spaces concerning personal injury and product liability cases.

Personal Injury Rights in Public Spaces

Personal injuries can occur anywhere, including public places like parks, malls, restaurants, and offices. When such an incident occurs, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries. Understanding these rights is the first step towards safeguarding your interests:

  1. Right to a Safe Environment: Property owners and occupiers, including government entities and private businesses, have a duty to maintain a safe environment for the public. If their negligence or failure to maintain a safe premise results in injury, you have a right to file a claim for compensation.
  2. Right to Compensation: If injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, among other damages.
  3. Right to Legal Representation: You have the right to seek legal representation to protect your interests and guide you through the legal process. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help maximize your compensation.

Product Liability Rights in Public Spaces

Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. If you are injured by a faulty product in a public place, understanding your rights is crucial:

  1. Right to Safe Products: As a consumer, you have the right to expect that products you use are safe when used as intended. Manufacturers and sellers have a duty to ensure their products are free from defects that could cause harm.
  2. Right to Information: Manufacturers have a responsibility to provide sufficient information about their products, including potential risks, instructions for use, and safety guidelines. Failure to do so may constitute negligence.
  3. Right to Sue for Damages: If a defective product causes an injury, you have the right to sue the responsible party—often the product’s manufacturer—for damages. This can include medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Pursuing a Claim: The Role of SELPH LAW

At SELPH LAW, we champion your rights tirelessly. We understand that navigating the legal landscape of personal injury and product liability claims can be daunting, which is why we strive to guide you through every step of the process.

  1. Initial Consultation: We begin by offering a free, no-obligation consultation to understand your situation, discuss your options, and offer an initial evaluation of your case.
  2. Investigation and Evidence Gathering: Our experienced attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation, gathering all necessary evidence, including medical records, eyewitness accounts, and expert testimony to build a strong case.
  3. Representation in Negotiations or Trial: Our attorneys are adept negotiators and trial lawyers. Whether we are securing you a favorable settlement or representing you in court, we fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.


Understanding your rights in public spaces concerning personal injury and product liability is crucial in maintaining your safety and seeking justice when those rights are violated. At SELPH LAW, we’re not just your legal advisors; we are your advocates, fighting for your rights every step of the way.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a public space or by a defective product in Columbus, Ohio, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at SELPH LAW. We’re here to stand with you, fight for you, and help you navigate the complexities of your case.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a professional attorney for any legal decisions.

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