Premises liability rules in Massachusetts
If an individual is hurt on another person’s property, the property owner is generally held responsible for that injury. In some cases, someone who occupies an apartment may be held to the same standard that a landowner would be held to in a premises liability case. When determining the extent of a property owner’s liability, the law looks at whether or not the injured party was allowed to be on the property.An invitee or licensee has been invited to be on the property or is otherwise authorized to be on the property by the owner. A trespasser has not been invited or otherwise allowed to be on the property. While invitees, licensees and social guests have an expectation of safety while on a premises, there is no such expectation of safety granted to a trespasser. The duty of care that a property owner must exercise may be higher if children are on the property whether they have been invited to be on the property or not. Property owners must warn or otherwise make known any potential dangers on the premises that could lead to injury or death. In some cases, the law requires property owners to disclose or remedy dangerous conditions regardless of who is on the property.Those who suffer serious injuries while on a property where they were given permission to enter may seek compensation for such injuries through the filing of a premises liability lawsuit. If successful, damages may be awarded to cover medical bills and the costs of long-term care and rehabilitation. Compensation may also be available to replace the wages that were lost during the injured victim’s recovery period.