Property owners have a legal duty to prevent injuries

Property owners are legally required to prevent injuries to visitors on their property. This is known as a duty. In the state of Tennessee, premises liability laws protect visitors to properties, both residential and commercial. Here is a brief overview of premises liability law in Tennessee.

An invitee in premises liability is a person who has been invited onto a commercial or residential property by the owner. The invitee is owed the highest degree of care by the owner because they were welcomed onto the property. With this standard of the law, the owner of the property is required to repair any known hazards and inspect for and repair any unknown hazards that the invitee might have access to during one's visit to the property.

A licensee in premises liability is someone who is permitted to be on a property for social purposes or for one's own purposes. Property owners here are still required to make sure their properties are safe, but their duty of care is less than what it is when dealing with invitees.

Under premises liability law, trespassers are people who are not permitted or authorized to be on a residential or commercial property. Under the law, property owners are not legally required to protect the safety of trespassers. Despite this, the property owner is not permitted to willfully injure the trespasser.

When it comes to trespassing children, the rules are a little bit different. Children who walk onto a property without permission must be kept safe by the property owner. The owner of the property has a duty to ensure that the property is safe. The reason for this is that children are typically naive to the fact that there can be dangers to them on various properties.

Premises liability can be a difficult topic to understand. An experienced personal injury attorney in Knoxville can answer all of your questions, explain the law, and guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit.

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