The Basics of Premises Liability

Premises liability covers incidents and injuries that happen at a business, store, or someone else’s property. If your loved one dies from severe injuries or fatal incidents, you can hire a wrongful death attorney. At Reasonover Law, we handle premises liability cases and are widely experienced with such circumstances.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability law stipulates that a business or property owner must maintain a safe environment for everyone on the property. Residents, owners, and operators should follow protocols to prevent accidents. You can hire one of our lawyers to file a lawsuit if your loved one suffered severe injuries and/or died under circumstances including:

  • Animal attacks
  • Unsecured pools
  • Falling objects
  • Criminal or violent activity
  • Fatal falls from snow or ice buildup
  • Elevator malfunctions
  • Electrocution

Visitors Recognized Under Premises Liability Law

Property owners owe a specific level of care to different types of visitors. Here are the categories of visitors recognized under premises liability law:


Invitees are individuals invited to the property for business reasons. Invitees can be customers or clients, and property owners owe them the highest level of care. A property owner must inspect the building for hazardous conditions and warn invitees about these risky issues.


These are people invited onto the property for a recreational or social purpose. Licensees can be family and friends attending an event in the building. Property owners owe a lower level of responsibility to licensees, but they should warn them of any dangerous situation within the property.


Trespassers are individuals who enter the property without an invite or permission. Property owners owe trespassers the least amount of care, but they can be held liable if they cause harm to trespassers intentionally. Child trespassers are owed a higher duty of care.

If a property owner fails to honor the duty of care and your loved one gets injured and dies in the process, a wrongful death attorney from our firm can assist you in building a case. Our team can argue your case in court and negotiate with an insurance company to seek fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and burial costs.

Determining Negligence

Our team of attorneys can prove that the property owner was negligent. We can determine negligence through the breach of duty whereby the owner failed to address a dangerous condition on the property. Our lawyers can also prove negligence if the business didn’t provide adequate security, resulting in fatal injuries.

If the property owner noticed a dangerous situation and didn’t warn visitors, we can file a lawsuit to help you get compensation. We can work with the surviving family members to gather evidence such as photos and witness statements for a strong case. We can prove that the defendant is the legal owner of the property and that your loved one was an invitee or licensee.

Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney

If your loved one’s death was the result of a property owner’s negligence, you can seek legal representation at Reasonover Law. One of our wrongful death attorneys can handle your premise liability case. Contact us today for a case evaluation.