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Types of Visitors to a Property

Posted on September 22, 2017

In the state of Louisiana, premises liability is something that requires all property owners to provide a safe environment for visitors. When unsafe conditions are not repaired or clearly marked causing a visitor to be injured, the property owner may be liable to pay for their injuries and damages. Visitors to a property are classified into one of three types, and each type has right to seek compensation for damages.

Visitors Covered By Premises Liability

Invitees

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Invitees are visitors that were invited onto a business property with expressed or implied permission. Invitees include visitors to a public place such as a grocery store, movie theater, mall, and any other place of business where goods are sold that is open to the public. It can also include visitors to a business office. Whether it’s a business or an office, owners are required to fix any property damages that may be a hazard to visitors right away. In the time the hazard is waiting to be fixed, the owner must clearly notify visitors that there is a potentially dangerous hazard on the property. This can be in the form of a sign, caution tape, etc.

Licensees

Licensees are visitors to a property for noncommercial reasons, such as a residential property. These visitors include neighbors, friends, family and anyone else coming to someone’s home. This also includes visitors that may just be stopping by to say hello or to borrow an egg.  It is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure any hazards outside or inside the home are clearly marked or fixed. Homeowners are also liable for their pets so they must warn visitors about them before letting them in.

Trespassers

Trespassers are people who are on a property illegally. The property owner is not usually liable for injuries to trespassers unless they were injured by some kind of deliberate trap.

If you were injured due to a property owner’s negligence when you were lawfully visiting their property, you have a right to compensation for your injuries.