Have you suffered an injury as a result of a fall or an accident on property? For more than 30 years, our firm has handled the often complex claims for consumers injured on a commercial premises.
We can help you recover compensation if your injury was attributed to negligence, or a known or unknown hazard. Large or small department stores, food markets, chain stores and any commercial endeavor that wants customers to come in and spend their money must provide a safe environment for shoppers.
That being said, duty of care on behalf of a property owner depends on what category the injured person falls into. There are a few different general distinctions:
- Invitee: As the name implies, someone who has been invited onto the property, either explicitly or implied, such as a store owner. This invitation implies that reasonable care has been taken to ensure the safety of the invitee on the property.
- Trespasser: A trespasser enters a property without permission or an invitation, therefore doing so at their own risk. Trespassers generally receive the least duty of care, although this can become complicated if the trespasser is a child.
- Licensee: A licensee is a person who has permission to enter the property but is visiting for a reason other than business purposes. Party guests or family friends who have permission to visit a property are usually classified as licensees. If invitees receive the highest duty of care and trespassers the lowest, then licensees are somewhere in the middle, depending on the circumstances.
As can be seen from above, the distinction of the person on the premises can seriously impact liability for a property owner. If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall, unsafe condition, or hazard at a business, call our office at (360) 695-1624 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We can help you navigate the law and see if you are entitled to compensation due to someone else’s negligence.
Let us put our 30 years of experience and understanding of the law and your rights to work for you!