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What Is Premises Liability? - San Antonio Injury Attorneys

One of the core requirements for property owners is that they maintain reasonably safe premises, especially in the case of inviting individuals onto that premises. What “reasonable” means depends on the type of relationship the visitor has to the property owner. If you or a loved one has experienced an injury on another individual’s property, San Antonio premises liability attorneys at Carabin Shaw will help you navigate the Texas laws that apply to your accident.

San Antonio stands as one of the largest cities in Texas and is home to malls, countless restaurants, pedestrian walkways, and other heavily trafficked private and public spaces. Each of these locations has an individual or group responsible for maintaining safety and conforming to safety regulations.

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Premises liability, in short, is employed when negligence on the part of a property owner results in someone else’s injury. These property owners can be franchise business owners, nightclub owners, building managers, etc. Because the umbrella for these cases is so wide, premises liability cases can include;

  • Slip and fall injuries resulting from dangerous conditions at a business
  • Accidents at private or public swimming pools
  • Insufficiently maintained buildings
  • Faulty theme park rides or attractions
  • Malfunctions with escalators or elevators

And other accidents. Identifying how best to pursue your claim can be daunting, but Texas personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw will guide you through the process of filing your claim.

Relationship Between Injured Part and Property Owner

One of the most important factors to determine after a personal injury that occurred on another individual's property is the victim’s relationship to the property owner. There are three categories that the injured individual can fall into, and the property owner owes a different level of safety to each category.

1. Invitee

An invitee is an individual who was on the premises with the owner’s knowledge, whether that be expressed or implied, as a benefit to both individuals. Typically, these locations include places of business such as restaurants, hotels, or business offices.

Invitees are owed the most safety, with premises owners required to inspect the property, make sure any dangerous conditions are made safe, and clearly warn the invitee about any and all dangerous conditions.

2. Licensee

A licensee enters a person’s premises with the owner's knowledge, but not for mutual business. This can include a delivery of some kind, a person performing a service (such as yard work), or a house or party guest.

Licensees are owed a duty of fixing unsafe conditions by the property owner, but are not owed a duty to inspect the premises. This means that if the injury comes as a result of a dangerous condition that the owner did not know about, the owner might not be found liable.

3. Trespassers

Unlike invitees and licensees, trespassers are not owed any standard level of safety on a property. If a trespasser is injured on the premises, the owner is usually only held liable if they caused purposeful or reckless injury to the trespasser.

Because premises liability cases have so many levels to them, and navigating such a case can be daunting, it is best to work with an expert attorney after a premises liability accident in San Antonio. Experts at Carabin Shaw have years of experience fighting for the justice that injured parties deserve, offering free case review and initial consultation to ensure that you know what options are available to you.

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Testimonies from past clients of San Antonio’s top personal injury lawyers can be found with Carabin Shaw’s client reviews. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner then you deserve the maximum compensation possible. In order to ensure that you receive this, Carabin Shaw is ready to serve. Carabin Shaw’s experienced staff is available 24/7 and toll-free at 800-862-1260 with English AND Spanish-speaking experts.

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