Premises Liability Lawyer Serving Clients in Mississippi and Arkansas
You should be able to visit a Greenville retail establishment or enter the home of a friend without worrying about getting hurt in a slip, trip, and fall accident. There are many different ways that slips and falls can happen in Greenville. They range from liquid spills on restaurant floors to torn carpet in your workplace. If the property owner (or person tasked with maintaining the property) knew or should have known about potential slip and fall risks, that property owner had a duty to warn you or to fix the problem.
If you recently sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident, you should learn more about filing a premises liability lawsuit. Speak with an experienced Greenville slip and fall lawyer today. The Harris Law Firm serves both Mississippi and Arkansas.
Elements of a Mississippi Slip and Fall Claim
Not all claims for slip and fall lawsuits are valid. Law requires that the plaintiff be able to prove the following four elements of a premises liability claim:
- Defendant owes a duty of care to the plaintiff;
- Defendant failed to maintain the property (or to warn about hazards), breaching the duty of care to the plaintiff;
- Plaintiff suffered an injury; and
- Plaintiff’s injury was a result of the defendant’s negligence.
Classifying Invitees, Licensees, and Trespassers
How does a plaintiff prove that the defendant owed her a duty of care? This depends upon the plaintiff’s status on the defendant’s property. Generally speaking, there are three different classes of persons who can be on another party’s property:
- Invitee: An invitee is someone the owner (or manager) impliedly invited onto the property. Either for the benefit of the property owner or for the mutual benefit of the property owner and the invitee. Invitees are owed the highest duty of care by a property owner. Specifically, property owners need to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for invitees on the premises. Examples of invitees include retail customers, restaurant patrons, and delivery service employees.
- Licensee: A licensee is someone who enters another person’s property for his or her own benefit yet still with the express or implied permission of the property owner. Under Mississippi law, property owners have a duty not to “willfully and wantonly” injure an invitee. When the property owner knows the invitee is on the property there is a duty to use reasonable care. Examples of licensees include friends invited over for dinner, or neighbors stopping by to borrow eggs.
- Trespasser: A trespasser is someone who enters another person’s property without the person’s knowledge, as well as without the person’s permission. A property owner owes the most limited duty to a trespasser and law only requires avoiding “willfully and wantonly” causing injury to the trespasser.
Contact a Greenville Slip and Fall Attorney
Did a slip and fall accident on another party’s property cause you serious injury? You may be eligible to file a premises liability claim to seek financial compensation for your losses, and a Greenville personal injury lawyer can help. Contact Harris Law Firm, PLLC for more information about the services we provide to clients in Greenville, Mississippi and surrounding areas.