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PREMISE ACCIDENTS


Terminology

  • invitee – A person who is formally  invited, or expressly or through implied consent, onto the property of another for business. This person is entitled to a high degree of protection from the property’s possessor. If their  are areas that require repair, there must be a warning to alert the invitee. Entitled to protection from dangerous conditions or to be warned of them if they exist and cannot reasonably be discovered by the invititee. These areas of warning would be for example, 'slippery floor' warning cone.


  • Licensee – A licensee is someone who is invited onto the property of another for non-business purposes, for example a social visit. As is the case with the invitee, the licensee is entitled to protection from dangerous conditions or to be warned of them if they exist and cannot reasonably be discovered by the licensee.
  • Trespasser – A trespasser is someone who enters the property of another without permission, and as a result is not owed a duty of protection from dangerous conditions. However, there are exceptions, and they include the fact that the trespasser must not be foreseeable by the property’s possessor and that the property should not contain an attractive nuisance that’s likely to attract trespassers.