If you are injured on private property — whether it is commercial or residential — the property owner may be liable for your injury. However, there are differences in personal injury liability depending on whether you were injured at a business or a home.
In most states, business owners are expected to have a higher degree of care when it comes to maintaining a safe environment. That duty includes regular inspections to ensure the property is safe for employees and customers, so a business owner will not be able to escape liability by arguing that he or she was not aware of unsafe conditions.
However, business owners are not responsible for acts of third parties. For example, if you are hit by another customer with a grocery cart and suffer an injury, you would probably not be able to sue the grocery store for liability.
A homeowner may have liability if you are injured on his or her property depending on if you have permission to be on the property. If dangerous conditions exist, the homeowner has a duty to warn guests or any workers at the home of those conditions. Failure to do so could result in personal injury liability if a guest or worker is injured.
If someone is trespassing on a homeowner’s personal property, the homeowner does not owe any duty of care to that trespasser except not injure them willfully or wantonly. There may be certain exceptions to this rule.
If you or someone you love has been injured on private property, our Texas personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.