Do You Have Grounds To Seek Compensation For Owner Negligence?

Do You Have Grounds To Seek Compensation For Owner Negligence?

Posted By Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr. || 21-Dec-2015

In a Pennsylvania premises liability claim, a victim's ability to take legal action against the owner will depend upon whether they were an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. In this blog, our Philadelphia personal injury attorney discusses these three legal statuses. For the dedicated counsel you need in your injury claim, call our firm today at (215) 569-1500.


An invitee is a person who was invited to the premises for the purpose of conducting business with the owner. Typically, property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees. Examples of invitees include shoppers at grocery stores or patrons at a library.


A licensee is a person who has consent from the owner to be at the property for a non-commercial and non-business purpose. In some cases, the property owner owes the same level of care to a licensee as an invitee. An example of a licensee is an individual who is invited to another person's home for a social gathering.


A trespasser is a person who does not have permission to be on the property and has no lawful reason to be on the property. Property owners have no duty to warn trespassers of naturally occurring dangers on their premises. If the owner is aware of trespassers on their property, they then have a duty to warn of man-made dangers on the property, such as an electric fence. Owners owe a higher of duty of care if a child trespasses on their property. Because children are less able to understand and recognize potential dangers, the owner has a higher duty to warn of dangers, repair hazards, and protect from possible harm.

If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury in a premises liability accident, our firm can help. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.