Premises Liability

All owners and occupants of a property have the responsibility of maintaining their land and keeping it free of hazards. These people, known in legal terms as property possessors, must safeguard their guests and visitors from any physical dangers that may be present. This includes performing adequate maintenance, posting warning signs when necessary and ensuring that appropriate safety measures are in place.

Visitors and Licensees

There are two types of guests that are legally allowed to enter one’s property: invitees and licensees. A visitor is placed into one of these two groups depending on the purpose of his or her visit:

  • Invitee: An invitee is anyone who is invited or allowed to enter the premises for the purpose of commercial dealings or business transactions. For example, shoppers at the grocery store are considered to be invitees.
  • Licensee: A licensee is anyone who is allowed or invited to enter the premises for any reason other than business or commercial purposes. For example, guests at a dinner party are considered to be licensees.

If these guests sustain injuries while on the property because the possessor failed to protect them against known or inexcusable hazards, then the possessor may be held liable. Trespassers (those who enter the property without permission), however, are not protected under premises liability law.

Contact Us

If you have suffered injury on another party’s property, then you may be able to take legal action against the possessor. A Phoenix personal injury lawyer from Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. can help you explore your options. Contact us today at 800-763-0964.

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