Who is Liable in a Premises Liability Claim?

When property owners fail to properly maintain the premises, resulting in accidents and injuries to visitors, this is known as a premises liability claim. For example, if you slipped and fell while at the grocery store, resulting in a fractured bone or other injuries requiring medical attention, you would potentially be eligible for compensation. Who can be held liable in such cases?

Determining Liability in a Premises Liability Claim

Generally, the property owner or manager would be held liable for any injuries that occurred on their property due to unsafe conditions as long as the visitor was legally on the property. There are four different categories of visitors, which include:

  • Licensee: A person who has the implied or express permission of the landowner to be on the property, such as a salesman.
  • Invitee: A person who has the implied or express permission of the landowner to visit the property, such as friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Social guest: A person who is simply visiting as a welcomed guest.
  • Trespasser: A person who does not have the right to enter a property. Property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers.

If the trespasser is a child, the property owner would likely still be held liable for any injuries sustained if the owner should have reasonably known of the allure his or her property has for young children, also known as an “attractive nuisance.” However, attractive nuisances generally only apply to manmade features on a property, such as a swimming pool or trampoline. Natural features on a property, such as a tree or a pond, are typically not considered attractive nuisances.

Common Premises Liability Examples

Premises liability can cover a vast range of accidents and injuries that occur on someone else’s property.

Some of the most common examples include:

  • Fires
  • Dog bites
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Toxic chemicals and fumes
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Defective conditions
  • Water leaks
  • Inadequate security
  • Snow and ice accidents

If you sustained in an injury on someone else’s property, you could be eligible for compensation for your injuries.

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At Foley Griffin, LLP, our premises liability attorneys have been effectively representing the wrongfully injured since 1997 and will fiercely advocate on your behalf for the fair compensation you rightfully deserve. We understand that this must be a difficult time for you, which is why we are passionate about the work we do and are committed to providing both compassionate and knowledgeable legal advice to every client we serve. With a proven history of success that includes millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, you can feel confident in our law firm’s ability to aggressively stand up for you and hold the responsible party liable for your injuries.

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