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Austin Premise Liability Lawyers

Premise liability is the area of the law involving liability for injuries which occur on someone’s property.  Premise liability includes slip and fall injuries, swimming pool accidents, assaults and injuries due to lack of security, among others.   

The difference between an invitee and a licensee

A person or company that owns, occupies, or has control over the property where the injury occurred may be liable for the injuries sustained on that property.  In Texas, there is a difference between the legal duties owed depending on your status (why you were there in the first place).  A person is an invitee if the person enters the property with the express or implied knowledge of the property owner and for the mutual benefit of the person and the property owner.  A licensee is a person who enters the property with the express or implied knowledge of the property owner but the person did not enter the property for the mutual benefit of the property owner.  A trespasser is a person who enters the property of another without their consent.

The duty owed by the property owner

The duty owed by a property owner to an invitee is to make a dangerous condition on the property which the property owner knew or should have known about (but the invitee did not know about) reasonably safe or to warn the invitee about the unreasonably dangerous condition. The duty owed to a licensee and to a trespasser is less than the duty owed to an invitee.  If you have been injured and think it may be due to the negligence of a property owner near Austin, contact our premise liability attorneys to see if we can represent you for your slip and fall, swimming pool accident, or other injuries.