Property Owners’ Legal Duties • San Antonio
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The Responsibilities of Property Owners
Property owners have a legal duty to not only compensate but prevent injuries on their premises. If an individual is injured on another’s property, the degree to which the property owner may be held responsible is determined by the reason for the injured party’s visit. A customer shopping the aisles of a grocery store is treated differently under the law than an adult trespassing on a construction site.
In most cases, property owners have an ongoing duty to inspect their premises in order to identify dangerous conditions, and then make the appropriate repairs, or post adequate, visible warnings. If a premises owner knew about an existing danger or insecurity on their property, yet did not take steps to prevent injuries, he or she can be found liable.
Invitees, Lessees, and Trespassers
In Texas, the law defines three categories people: Invitees, Licensees, and Trespassers. Property owners have varying degrees of responsibility for the safety of individuals under each category. If you have been injured on another’s property, the category you fall under can influence the outcome of your personal injury claim.
- Invitees: If you were invited onto a property for business reasons, such as shopping in a department store or for a work related meeting, you are considered an invitee. Premises owners owe the greatest degree of responsibility to visitors under this category to inspect for and correct hazards.
The property owner must take reasonable steps to prevent injury. Reasonable steps are somewhat loosely defined as what a person without impaired judgement or reasoning would likely do in the given circumstances. For example, the owner of a building with an elevator can reasonably be expected to issue regular inspections and perform routine maintenance.
- Licensees: If you were a visitor to a property for social or personal purposes, the owners are not liable for unknown dangers. They are responsible to make sure the premises are safe, protect individuals from known dangers, and take reasonable steps to prevent hazards from forming.
- Trespassers: If you were on a property you were not authorized to visit, the landowner is not responsible for any injuries that occur due to dangerous conditions. The owner is not allowed to willfully harm trespassers. In addition, if the owner is aware of regular trespassers, he or she will be liable for any serious dangers they did not take steps to repair or attempt to warn others of.
- Trespassing Children: Property owners can be held liable when children trespass. Owners are expected to ensure their premises are safe or prevent children from entering. Swimming pools, abandoned buildings, and machinery are all attractive to children and can cause serious bodily harm.
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