The owner of a property, regardless of whether it is a business or private residence, has certain duties that he owes to all that enter the property. The duties owed depend upon the circumstances and classification of the visitor. The injured party in a premises liability case will be expected to prove that the owner of the property knew or should have known about the hazardous condition, and failed to give sufficient warning or have it repaired. However, legal liability varies from case to case, and usually depends on the situation and what type of guest the victim of the accident is. There are three types of guests, and they are all treated differently in the event of an accident.
Invitees: Invitees are invited onto a property for a purpose, such as a customer in a grocery store. Invitees require the highest degree of care, as they are encouraged to enter the property for business purposes.
Licensees: Licensees have the second highest duty of care, as they are social guests, such as friends and family that are invited to the property.
Trespassers: Trespassers are those who enter a property without an invitation or permission. Though they may have no right to be there, the property owner is still responsible for avoiding intentional misconduct and gross negligence on the property.
Invitees and licensees have been invited to the location, so there is an implication of safety. Trespassers, on the other hand, have no permission to be on the property. But even so, the property owner still owes them a limited duty to prevent things like intentional injuries. This means the owner may not set up traps or trip wires, or anything to intentionally cause harm to the trespasser.
The most common premises liability cases are slip-and-fall cases, but there are many others including missing handrails on stairways and dog bites.
Have you or a loved one been injured on a private or commercial property? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her personal contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.
If you or a loved one has and injury caused by the negligence of another on their property, you should immediately call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.
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