When a person owns a business, it is their responsibility to take care of their premises. In the event that they do not, it can cause the grounds to become hazardous and threaten the safe of visitors. This can cause serious injuries as a result of negligence. When this happens, the injured party can pursue legal action against the business owner under premises liability law. Continue reading below to learn more.
What are the Three Legal Classes of Visitors?
There are three ways visitors can be classified when discussing premises liability law:
- Invitee: A person who comes onto a property due to express invitation or the invitation of an employee. This invitation does not have to be in writing. The invitation for customers to come to businesses is to transact business for both parties’ mutual benefit.
- Licensee: A guest for personal reasons, not business or commercial. For example, a person invited to a house for dinner can be a licensee. Business visitors are almost always invitees, not licensees.
- Trespasser: A person who comes onto a property without invitation, usually violating trespassing laws. They may be a customer who refuses to leave when asked or a burglar. Business owners do not have a legal obligation to keep trespassers safe. However, they cannot purposely cause harm to them.
What are Common Causes of Injury Claims?
There are many different ways that a personal injury accident can occur on a business’ property. Common causes can include the following:
- Slippery surfaces: Slip and fall accidents can be caused by rain, snow, ice, spills, wet or waxed floors, etc..
- Faulty stairs and escalators: Stairwell, elevator, and escalator accidents can happen due to broken railings, slippery steps, and mechanical failures.
- Falling merchandise: Objects that fall off shelves can injure both employees and customers.
- Physical obstacles: Poorly placed electrical cords, protruding furniture, floor mats or door moldings, door stops, fallen merchandise, etc., should be taken care of immediately.
- Inadequate lighting: Certain hazards such as curbs, physical obstructions, steps, potholes, etc. may not be seen without proper lighting, thus causing accidents.
- Parking lots: Accidents can be caused by concrete car stops, potholes, misdirected cars, uneven pavement, poor signage, construction, criminal activity, etc.
- Sidewalks: Broken, cracked, or uneven sidewalks can cause accidents. Business owners are not responsible for government-controlled sidewalks, but they can be for sidewalks adjacent to their business.
- Food poisoning: Customers can be made sick due to poor food handling, poor storage, or the transmission of disease from employees at food-service locations.
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