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Understanding the Law in Premises Liability Cases

Understanding the Law in Premises Liability Cases

If you were injured while on the property of another, it is imperative that you are aware of the laws in place regarding this situation. Premises liability merely refers to the responsibility that property owners owe to people who are on their property. As every situation is different, however, there are laws in place regarding the level of responsibility owed as well as how to prove if the property owner was indeed negligent. In order to establish that there is indeed a premises liability case, it must be shown that the property owner owed the victim a duty of care and that they breached that duty.

This begs the questions, to whom does a property owner owe a duty of care? The answer to this is threefold. When an individual is invited onto a premises in order to conduct business, such as a store, restaurant, hotel, or office building, the property owner owes the patrons a duty of care. Second, when someone is invited onto a property for a non-commercial reason, such as a social guest, they are also owed a duty of care. The last group of people who are owed a duty of care may come as a surprise. Trespassers, or people who are on a property without permission, could file a lawsuit if they were injured, however, it may be harder to do so. Property owners must warn of dangers on their land and get rid of dangers, such as open holes or electrical fences.

Those injured on the property of another, whether in a slip and fall accident, by faulty equipment, or a lack of security, could have grounds for a personal injury case. Our team has over 50 years of experience in these types of cases and will do everything in our power to protect you if you have suffered from another's negligence.

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