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Wisconsin’s categorization of occupiers – Licensees

Posted on November 17, 2014 4:18 pm under Premises Liability

Premises liability refers to a set of legal principles that makes the owner of a premise legally accountable for injuries sustained by individuals on his or her property. Premise liability cases are based on negligence, which means the plaintiff must prove that the property owner has been negligent in his duty of care to the injured.

An owner’s duty of care is based on whether the injured person is an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser. A licensee refers to any individual whose presence benefits himself, but not the owner. Wisconsin law defines a licensee as a person “who goes upon another’s premises with express or implied permission, for a purpose unconnected with the business of the owner and which is of advantage only to the entrant or to third person other than the owner.” Depending on the circumstances, party guests, family friends, and persons chasing their pet may all be considered licensees.

If you have been injured in someone else’s property in Madison, a skilled and qualified premises liability attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is willing to help you navigate the intricacies surrounding premises liability law. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at (414) 271-0900 today.