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Not only are slip and fall accidents embarrassing, but they may also result in significant injury. Consequently, victims of slip and fall accidents may have to spend days, weeks, or even months seeking medical treatment and rehabilitating. In turn, this may lead to rising costs incurred for medical bills and missed time from work. Thankfully, victims of slip and fall accidents have rights and may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property and are interested in pursuing legal action, or to learn more about your rights, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Dallas slip and fall lawyers.
PROPERTY OWNER RESPONSIBILITIES
The law imposes a duty of care on landowners. This means that landowners are held to a certain standard with respect to protecting individuals who come onto his or her premises. This duty applies to anyone who owns property, both commercial and residential. Under the theory of premises liability, a landowner may be held liable when someone is injured on their property.
The exact duty of care owed by a landowner to another person depends on the type of relationship between the landowner and the person. Individuals who come onto a landowner’s property can be separated into three broad categories: trespassers, licensees, and invitees.
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A trespasser is a person who enters onto a landowner’s property without the landowner’s permission. The law imposes minimal duties on a landowner with respect to trespassers, particularly trespassers who are on the property without the landowner’s knowledge. In other words, a landowner typically does not have a duty to keep his land in reasonable condition for the trespasser, nor is he expected to warn the trespasser of dangerous areas.
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A licensee is a person who landowner permits on their property. In general, a licensee is on the property for his or her own amusement. This person is licensed to remain on the property only with the landowner’s consent. Typical examples of licensees include guests at a party or a family friend visiting a relative. In these cases, the landowner has a duty to warn of or make safe dangerous conditions of which the licensee is unaware and which the licensee is unlikely to discover.
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An invitee is an individual who has been offered an express or implicit invitation onto the property, either for a mutual benefit or for something that is being conducted on the property. A typical example of an invitee is a store customer. Invitees are owed the highest duty of care by a landowner. This means that in addition to warning an invitee of non-obvious dangerous conditions, a landowner must also take the extra step of inspecting the premises and making sure its conditions remain safe.
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