Premises liability is the legal theory stating that if you are injured on public or private property due to the negligence of the property owner, you can sue to recover damages for your injuries.
Perhaps the most common injury that falls under premises liability is a slip and fall accident. If a property owner fails to take necessary precautions to either warn you of a hazard, or fails to fix the known hazard, and you fall and break your leg, the owner could be liable for your injury and you may seek damages.
If someone owns a piece of property, no matter what type, they have a duty to keep visitors free from harm that they could sustain when visiting the property. While a property owner is not necessarily liable for every injury that occurs on their land, they are liable for injuries that were caused when they breach a duty owed to a particular visitor. The extent of the duty owed by a property owner is determined by the reason that the visitor came to the property.
Texas law identifies three classifications of visitor that may go onto someone’s property:
- Licensee – a visitor invited to private property by the owner, like when a friend invites you over to their house.
- Invitee – someone that visits a property open to the public for an economic purpose, such as a shopper in a retail store.
- Trespasser – someone who is on another’s property without permission.
The following incidents involve premises liability:
- Slip and Fall
- Grocery Store Negligence
- Retail Store Negligence
- Security Negligence
- Municipal Liability
- Construction Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Amusement Park Accidents
- Oil Field Accidents
If you are injured due to the negligence of a store, land, or property owner, hiring an experienced lawyer who understands the law and your legal remedies can mean the difference between obtaining damages or losing your opportunity to receive a legal remedy.