What to Do if You're Injured on Someone Else's Property
If you have been injured on another person’s property, you are likely experiencing a great deal of pain and discomfort. You may also be experiencing financial damage in the form of:
- Medical expenses
- Hospital bills
- Costly treatments
- Lost wages due to time off from work
You may be able to take legal action against the property owner if they can be found legally responsible for your injuries due to an act or pattern of negligence.
Determining Liability for Your Injuries
Identifying why and how you entered the property in question is an important part of establishing liability for your injuries. You likely fall in one of three categories:
- Invitees —If you are invited to someone else’s house or into a private commercial space, you are considered an invitee. The premises owner owes a duty of “reasonable care” to an invitee, meaning they have to fix or warn of dangerous conditions that they knew or should have known about. Most customers of businesses are invitees, because there is an implied invitation from the business to the customer for them to enter the store and shop.
- Licensees—Licensees are people who enter a private or commercial property with permission, but they are different from invitees in that they are usually on-site for their own benefit or pleasure. Social guests are usually considered licensees. Ordinarily, a owner of a premises owes a duty to avoid active negligence that may harm a licensee.
- Trespassers—Anyone who unlawfully enters a property without permission is considered to be trespassing, and property owners do not owe a duty to keep his premises in a safe condition for the trespasser. Rather, an owner simply has to avoid willfully or intentionally causing injury to the trespasser.
While establishing liability is important, there are various other elements of your case that must be proven in order for you to have a viable personal injury/premises liability claim, and you can only take effective action against the responsible party by securing legal representation. Before doing anything else, it is imperative that you reach out to an attorney with experience handling premises liability claims.
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At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, we understand personal injury laws in Virginia and know how to help you evaluate your claim, determine your chances of success, and build a strong case on your behalf. Connect with one of our Richmond premises liability lawyers today and schedule your free, confidential consultation to discuss your best steps going forward.
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