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Who is responsible in premises liability cases?

Premises liability can be explained in a simple way: People who visit your property have a reasonable expectation that they will not be injured. Because of this, you, as the owner or non-owner resident, must keep the property as safe as possible. Determining liability in such a case depends on the conditions of the property, the actions of the owner, and the actions of the injured party.

Premises liability can even take effect when dealing with trespassers to your property. For example, if a property owner knows that trespassers could be a problem, he or she must provide ample warning to those trespassers that they could be injured on the property. If the property owner does not provide that notice, he or she could be held liable for any injuries suffered even if they are suffered by a trespasser.

When it comes to children on a property, the responsibility for a property owner is different than all other types of visitors. If children are likely to visit your property, even if they are not invited, the property owner is responsible for providing some type of warning that they could be injured.

There are times where both the property owner and the visitor can be held liable for an injury. The visitor to the property must also exercise reasonable care for one's own safety when on someone else's property. If this care is not present, the recovery by the plaintiff could be reduced.

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident in Gainesville it's best that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. You will want someone on your side who can explain premises liability and what you can expect when in court.

Source: FindLaw, "Premises Liability: Who Is Responsible?," accessed Nov. 10, 2017

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