Landowners have a duty to maintain their property so that it is safe for those whom they invite onto their property. When someone is injured on a landowner’s property, the injured party may be able to seek financial compensation for their injuries from the landowner through a premises liability lawsuit. There are various levels, or standards, of care that a landowner has, depending on the landowner’s relationship with the injured party. For example, the highest duty is owed to an invitee, who is someone that the landowner invites onto their land for business purposes. Most premises liability cases involve duties owed to invitees.
- That the defendant owned the land where the plaintiff was injured;
- That the defendant was negligent in maintaining the land;
- That the plaintiff was injured; and
- That the plaintiff’s injury was caused at least in part by the defendant’s negligence.