CAN A PERSON RECOVER DAMAGES
FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED ON SOMEONE ELSE’S PROPERTY?
An owner of property has a duty to protect members of the public from injury that may occur upon the property. The hurdle that plaintiffs face is that the nature and extent of the property owner’s duty will vary depending upon the facts of the situation and the jurisdiction in question.
Some states focus solely upon the status of the injured visitor to the property. These states divide the potential status into three separate categories: invitee, licensee, and trespasser. An invitee is someone who has been invited onto the land because that person will confer some advantage to the property owner, such as a store patron. An owner of property is required to exercise reasonable care for the safety of the invitee.