A premises liability claim or lawsuit seeks to hold a property manager or owner responsible for damages caused to another person. In other words, if a person on a premises somehow becomes injured, the property owner or manager of that premises could be held liable for the damages that were caused.
At Citron & Citron, our premises liability attorneys have represented numerous cases involving slip and falls, dangerous conditions, toxic exposure and poisoning, shootings, assault and battery, negligent or inadequate security, fires, dog bites, and wrongful death. If a premises liability claim or lawsuit is being filed against you, it is imperative to hire a premises liability attorney who has a proven track record defending these types of cases, such as our attorneys at Citron & Citron.
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Duty of Care
Failure to keep the property safe can result in premises liability. Premises liability is defined by the property owner or manager’s obligation to keep a property safely maintained and free of hazardous conditions. Those who visit a property fall under one of three types of visitors, which include the following:
- Invitees: An invitee is any person or individual who is granted access by the property owner, manager, and/or staff. Depending on the type of premises, an invitee can be a business associate, contractor, groundskeeper, customer, or any other person conducting business on the premises.
- Licensee: A Licensee is any person who is invited on a premises as a family, friend, or neighbor.
- Trespassers: A trespasser is any person who does not have a prior invitation and enters the premises. It is important to note that trespassers usually cannot make a claim against a property owner if they become injured while on the premises. Since they were not invited, a property owner typically would not be held liable for damages. However, there are exceptions. If the premises is deemed to be excessively dangerous or if the property owner goes out of their way to harm trespassers, liability could be possible.
When an incident on a premises occurs, it is important to consider whether the property owner or manager is indeed liable. Were they aware of the unsafe conditions? Did they take reasonable measures to ensure safety? These questions and others should be asked before a claim is filed in haste. With that in mind, not all injuries that occur on a premises automatically indicate liability. If you have a premises liability claim on your hands, an experienced premises liability attorney should be consulted.
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