When you own any sort of property, you may be responsible for those who become injured on your property. These laws are called premise liability laws. These types of personal injury cases can get quite complex. That is why the attorneys at Dashner Law have created this simple guide to explain what you need to know about premise liability laws.
Was the Visitor Invited?
The scope of your responsibility depends on whether or not you invited the person onto the property, and if they were a licensed, or a trespasser.
- An invitee is someone that you personally invite. For example, you own a store and a customer interested in purchasing your products or services would be an invitee.
- A licensee is a social guest and comes over with consent from the property owner. When you are having a party and you invite people over, they would-be licensees.
- A trespasser enters without any right to do so. With a trespasser, there is no implied expectation that reasonable care has been made to make the property safe. State laws differ on your liability for a trespasser who becomes injured on your property. Texas law states there is no duty owed to a trespasser.
Condition of Your Property
When you own property, you must take reasonable care to make your property safe for visitors. Your property doesn’t have to be spotless, but a reasonable warning for unsafe conditions may be required. For example, if you have a spill that needs to be cleaned, placing a warning sign in the area would be reasonable until it is cleaned. This would give invitees warning that the floor is wet and a slip and fall injury could occur.
Premise liability laws are very complex and fact-dependent. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, call the experienced attorneys at Dashner Law today. Dial 972-793-8989 or 817-864-9980 to schedule your free consultation.