If you get hurt on someone else’s property and sustain injuries, you may wonder if you can sue to recover damages. The answer is that it depends on the facts of the case. For example, if you use someone’s yard as a shortcut on the way to work, you’re technically a trespasser and it may be hard to recover damages.
However, if you are at the grocery store and get hurt because of a condition the store owner should have addressed, you can likely have a successful case. In order to successfully prove your claim, you need to show one or more of the following:
- The property owner knew there was a dangerous condition on their property
- The property owner intentionally created the dangerous condition
- The property owner knew about the dangerous condition
- The danger was not obvious to trespassers
- And, there was no way for the trespasser to avoid the condition
- The property owner didn’t take reasonable steps to warn about the condition
If you get hurt on someone else’s property, in some cases you may be able to sue for the resulting injuries. However, it will be important that an attorney be there to guide you through the process. If you suffer an injury because of the conditions of someone else’s property, call The Smith Law Firm. We are here to help.