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What Is an Invitee?

When a person is injured on the property of another, the duty of care placed upon the property owner depends on the status of the victim on that property. An invitee is someone who is on the property because the owner invited them to be there.

For example, the owner of a store theoretically invites people to shop within his walls. Customers in the store would be considered invitees. A person on the property of a business owner may be an invitee if they were asked to come to the business for the purposes of having a meeting.

A property owner may owe different amounts of compensation for injuries sustained by a victim on their property depending on the status of that victim at the time of the accident. For example, a property owner owes a higher duty of care to an invitee than to a trespasser to the same property.

An invitee to a property has a reasonable expectation that a property is safe and free from hazard. Whether or not a victim is awarded compensation depends on a number of factors. These include why the person was on the property, how the victim was using the property, knowledge or lack of knowledge about the hazard on the part of the property owner, and whether or not the victim knew about the hazard.

If you were invited onto a property in Pensacola and injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance.