Premises liability actions can arise from many different types of injury scenarios – whether you slipped and fell while shopping in a market, were injured while visiting someone else’s home, or were hit by falling merchandise while shopping at a mega-retailer. The Winona premises liability lawyers at Lancaster | Taylor have significant experience handling personal injury cases involving dangerous property conditions, and can help you obtain the compensation you deserve after a premises liability accident.
Understanding Premises Liability Claims
If you were injured on the premises of another, one of the first issues that must be addressed is whether you were an invitee, licensee or trespasser. Mississippi maintains these distinctions, and the duty that the premises owner owed you turns on your status while on his or her property.
- Invitee – An invitee’s presence is not only desired but also induced by the owner or manager of a commercial or business premises. Examples of invitees include a customer in a restaurant, a shopper at a retail store, and a depositor entering a bank to cash a check. The possessor of property has a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of invitees while they are on the premises.
- Licensee – A licensee is a social guest of a property owner given permission to enter the premises for social, as opposed to business, reasons. A landowner owes a duty to warn licensees about dangerous property conditions if the landowner actually has knowledge of the dangerous condition and knows or should know that the licensee will not discover the condition.
While the most common premises liability claims involve slip-and-fall accidents, these are not the only type of premises negligence cases. For example, lawsuits may also stem from exposure to toxic chemicals, improperly maintained or repaired equipment, animal attacks, or a defect in construction. Regardless of the situation, you need experienced injury lawyers to evaluate your status on the property, the duties owed to you by the premises owner, whether the owner breached such duty, and the damages you suffered as a result of the breach.
Talk To An Experienced Premises Liability Lawyer
If you need assistance with a premises liability case, please call one of our Winona slip-and-fall attorneys at 662-548-3297 or contact us online. We will be pleased to speak to you and work with you on evaluating your case during a free initial consultation.