Were you or someone you know injured at a business? Scott & Wallace is here to help you determine if you have a claim. This area of law, known as Premises Liability, holds the landowner responsible for certain injuries that people suffer while on the property of a business.
The law groups people that are on the property of another into several categories. Each category determines the duties that a landowner has to the person on their property.
How do I know which category I fall under?
Invitee. An invitee is a person who is on the property with the approval and consent of the owner or someone who brings economic benefits to the landowner. Examples include a customer of a restaurant, a shopper, a sports fan attending a game, or a moviegoer. Generally, a landowner is responsible for any injuries that are suffered by invitees that are caused by dangers that the property owner knew or should have known existed on the property. Additionally, the property owner has an obligation to provide a safe environment by repairing any hazards or warning or their existence.
Licensee. A licensee is someone who comes onto the property solely for their own convenience without invitation either expressed or reasonably implied under the circumstances. An example of this would be a salesman who enters a business uninvited. Generally, the landowner’s duty to licensees is to refrain from willful misconduct or wanton negligence, to warn of known dangers not open to ordinary observation, and to refrain from intentionally exposing the uninvited licensee to danger.
Trespasser. A trespasser is a person who enters the property without permission from the landowner. Generally, the landowner is only responsible to protect trespassers from highly dangerous artificial conditions actually known to the landowner.
An inquiry into whether a business owner is responsible for an injury to a visitor begins with an analysis of the visitors’ status on the property. If you are injured, the first step would be to call an attorney and explain your situation. At Scott & Wallace, we have successfully resolved hundreds of premises liability cases and recovered millions of dollars for those injured while visiting businesses.
If you or a loved one has been injured at a business, call Scott & Wallace today! Our firm exists to provide legal assistance to those who have been injured or wronged. We will not rest until your case is won and you will not pay a fee unless we win. You have nothing to lose, so call us today!