Owning property comes with its fair share of legal responsibilities. Premises liability law is designed to ensure property owners maintain a safe environment for anyone who enters their premises, including visitors, customers, and even trespassers in certain circumstances. If a property owner fails to uphold this duty of care, they may be held liable for any injuries that occur due to their negligence.
If you have been injured on another person’s property, you may have the legal right to file a premises liability claim to compensate for your physical, emotional, and financial losses. At Feller & Wendt, our attorneys are dedicated to helping you fight for your rights and interests. We understand the unique complexities of Utah premises liability law and are ready to apply our experience and skills to your case.
What Is the Duty of Care Property Owners Owe Visitors in Utah?
Property owners in Utah owe different types of visitors different levels of care when they are on their property, including the following:
- Invitees: These visitors are invited onto the premises–such as customers in a store. Property owners owe these visitors a high duty of care and must inspect and perform regular maintenance on the property to avoid accidents.
- Licencees: A licensee is invited onto the property for a non-business purpose like socializing. Property owners owe a similar standard of care to licensees as they do invitees, stipulating that the licensee must not have been aware of the hazard or the property owner to be held liable.
- Trespassers: Generally, property owners in Utah do not owe trespassers a duty of care. However, exceptions apply to frequently known trespassers and children.
The duty of care surrounding premises liability claims can be complex. A skilled attorney can help you understand how these rules apply to your case as they fight for justice on your behalf.
Proving a Utah Premises Liability Case
Your attorney must establish the property owner’s negligence to pursue a successful premises liability claim. Your attorney will collect evidence and build a strong claim containing the following elements to prove liability:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care
- The property owner violated the duty of care by acting negligently
- The property owner’s negligence directly caused your accident
- You suffered subsequent economic and non-economic losses
Our attorneys understand that no two premises liability claims are identical and personalize our approach to your unique needs. When you choose our firm, we will act quickly to investigate your accident and comply with all filing deadlines. In Utah, the statute of limitations is typically four years from the date of the accident. While this may seem like plenty of time to file your claim, acting quickly to preserve evidence and increase your chances of a favorable outcome is essential.
Consult with a Highly-Qualified Premises Liability Lawyer at Feller & Wendt
If you have been injured on someone else’s property in Utah, you deserve to have a seasoned premises liability attorney on your side. At Feller & Wendt, our attorneys have many years of experience recovering the maximum compensation possible for our clients. We are dedicated to protecting our client’s rights and interests and will guide you through every step of Utah’s complex claims process as we advocate for you. When you retain our services, you can trust us to fight tirelessly to hold the negligent party fully accountable for your losses.