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How can one prove fault in a premises liability case?

Under premises liability, the owners of, and those who live on, the property are responsible for any accidents that occur on the property. They are liable for any injuries suffered by those who enter the property. Among the kinds of accidents that could result in a premises liability lawsuit are a fall on a public sidewalk and a slip and fall in a department store.

In order to prove liability, one must be familiar with the laws of the state in which the accident took place. There are states in which the court’s attention will be directed toward the status of the person who was injured. The person visiting the property may be described as an invitee, social guest, licensee or trespasser.

An example of an invitee is a shopper in a department store, in which case it is implied that the property owner has taken measures to ensure that the property is safe. A licensee is someone who goes onto the property for his or her own reasons, or as a social guest; the owner’s consent is required. A social guest is a visitor whose presence is welcome. A trespasser has no right to enter the property. It is not implied that the property owner has ensured that the premises are safe for licensees or trespassers.

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