You may have heard the term “premises liability” before, but do you know what it really means? In short, premises liability is the legal responsibility that a property owner has to keep their visitors safe from injuries. This includes both indoor and outdoor spaces.
There are three main types of visitors that a property owner must take into consideration: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Invitees are people who were invited onto the property for business purposes, such as customers or delivery people. Licensees are people who are allowed on the property for non-business reasons, such as social guests. Trespassers are people who enter the property without permission.
What are Examples of Premises Liability?
Property owners have a duty to warn invitees and licensees of any potential dangers on the property. For example, if there is a wet floor sign, the property owner must make sure that it is visible to visitors. If danger is not obvious, the property owner must take steps to fix the hazard or warn visitors about it.
Trespassers are not owed the same duty of care as invitees and licensees. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if a trespasser is a child, the property owner may be held liable if they did not take steps to prevent the child from entering their property. A property owner also may not deliberately hurt trespassers, such as a trap designed to discourage trespassing. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim.
What Damages Can Be Recovered Through a Premises Liability Claim?
There are many types of damages that can be recovered through a premises liability claim. These include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you or a loved one have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Many people are unaware that they may be able to recover damages if they have been injured on another person’s property. If you or someone you know has been injured in this type of accident, contact a premises liability attorney at our office for help.
Is It Worth Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer?
There are many personal injury lawyers out there, but not all of them are worth hiring. Many people wonder if it is worth it to hire a personal injury lawyer after they have been in an accident. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to hire a personal injury lawyer:
- The severity of your injuries
- The amount of money you are seeking in damages
- The strength of your case
- Whether or not the other party has insurance
If you have been injured in an accident and are considering whether or not to hire a personal injury lawyer, contact our office at (312) 775-1012 for a free consultation. We can help you decide if hiring a lawyer is right for you.