Whether it’s a private or public space, property owners in Tennessee must make sure their properties are safe for everyone. However, the levels of safety and the levels of care required by property owners can differ for each of those three parties, which include:
- Business invitees – Property owners owe the highest level of care to business invitees. This group includes people who are invited onto properties for business reasons, including customers of commercial establishments.
- Social visitors and licensees – Property owners owe the second-highest level of care to people who are invited onto their properties for social reasons with or without formal invitations. This level of care can apply at both private residences and at businesses.
- Illegal trespassers – Property owners owe the least amount of care to people who enter their properties without permission. While property owners typically aren’t held liable if illegal trespassers get injured by slipping, tripping, or falling, they can be held liable if they knowingly attempt to injure trespassers. However, the level of responsibility changes for children, as property owners must make proper arrangements to decrease the dangers they might face if they enter their properties without permission.
If you or your child were injured on someone else’s property, it’s important to get an experienced Nashville premises liability attorney on your side as soon as possible. Evidence can quickly disappear, making it difficult to prove the property owners failed to uphold their duty of care.