Premises liability law can be complex when you’re unsure of what constitutes as negligence and the responsibility of the property owner. However, it’s imperative for you to recognize the way in which these cases are handled so you can be fully prepared should you ever encounter a situation involving premises liability.
For anybody injured on someone else’s property, you should speak with a lawyer to understand what comes next in the process and how you can proceed with pursuing compensation. Here are some of the things you need to know about these cases and your rights.
Evidence is extremely important to have in any personal injury case, but in premises liability where denial is a common occurrence, evidence is crucial. Showing that there was a danger on the grounds and that the owner was aware can be difficult. With enough evidence, though, you can strengthen your case to prove negligence existed.
In premises liability cases, the plaintiff will be categorized based on their role in the accident and their rights to pursue compensation. These are broken down to include invitees, licensees, and trespassers, with each being owed a different level of care by the owner of the property.
Invitees receive the highest level of care by a property owner as they are on the property for a commercial purpose. The owner must ensure they invitee is on safe grounds and they are free of harm when on the premises.
Licensees are typically guests where they have been invited and have permission to be on the premises. The owner must recognize the danger and inform the licensees of said danger, or if they didn’t take the action to fix the condition.
Finally, trespassers are those who are on the property without the owner’s consent. They are owed the lowest level of care and trespassers who suffer injuries on a property are not typically entitled compensation. The only circumstance that would allow a trespasser to pursue compensation is if the owner of the property created the danger knowing that it would cause harm to a trespasser.