Premises liability law generally refers to harm that occurs on someone else’s property that was caused by a negligent or unsafe condition. There are different laws and circumstances affecting the owner or operator’s liability when it comes to the premises. Contact our Atlanta premises liability lawyers today for a free consultation.Landowner’s Duty – Category of Persons on the Property
In order to find a landowner liable under premises liability, the landowner must first have a duty to the person on its property. The duty the landowner owes to each is different but the landowner owes its highest duty of care to an invitee and the least amount of care to a trespasser. When you go on someone else’s property, you will fall in one of these three categories:
- Invitee: Under O.C.G.A. § 51-3-1, a landowner may be found liable to someone the landowner has expressly or impliedly induced to come onto the land. For example, the owner of a gas station or a grocery store may be liable if they fail to exercise ordinary care to keep their patrons safe.
- Licensee: O.C.G.A. § 51-3-2 defines a licensee as someone who is not a customer, servant or trespasser and has no contractual relationship with the landowner. But, here, unlike a trespasser, the licensee may go on the premises for his own interests or convenience because they have express or implied permission. The duty to a licensee is not as high as an invitee, see above, thus a landowner will only be liable for willful or wanton injury to the licensee.
- Trespasser: A trespasser is someone who comes on another’s property without permission, whether mistakenly or purposefully. A landlord owes no duty to a trespasser but, once he knows of the trespasser’s presence, the landowner may not cause willful or wanton injury to them.
Contact Finch McCranie LLP if you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injuries or death as a result of a criminal act in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia. One of our experienced Atlanta, Georgia premises liability lawyers will discuss your case with you during your free consultation. Call us at (404) 658-9070, or contact us online today.