Nobody goes somewhere thinking that they are going to hurt while they are there. When an injury on another person’s property occurs, the question of who is liable for the damages might come up. This is especially important if you are planning to seek compensation for the damages.
The damages that you might face could include anything from medical bills to time you have to miss work. The damages can be costly, but who should have to pay the cost?
There are several factors that go into determining who is liable for an accident that happens. The status of the person who is injured is one of these factors. Typically, there isn’t much question of liability if you were someone who was invited onto the property or there for a valid reason. There could be some question as to liability for a person who isn’t on the property for a lawful reason, such as a person who is trespassing.
Another instance in which there are some special considerations is when a child is the injured person. The concept of attractive nuisances comes into the picture in these cases. While property owners don’t have to childproof a property, they are responsible for keeping children safe when there is reason to believe that children will be enticed by items on the property.
Learning about what considerations will come into the picture for a premises liability lawsuit when you are the injured person can help you decide how you are going to handle your case. Once you know what these are, you can plan your case to address those considerations.
Source: FindLaw, “Premises Liability: Who Is Responsible?,” accessed June 18, 2017