Is An Owner Liable for Trespasser Injuries? Unfortunately, You Can Be Held Responsible. Here Are The Cases In Which You Are, And Which You Aren’t At Fault

A trespasser is someone who is not authorized to be on the property. Landowners are not obligated to protect trespassers who enter their property without permission, but they cannot willfully injure them. Also, if a landowner knows that there are frequent trespassers on his/her property, he or she will be liable for any injuries caused by an unsafe condition on the property if: img-8

1) the condition is one the owner created or maintained;
2) the condition was likely to cause death or serious bodily harm;
3) the condition was such that the owner had reason to believe trespassers would not discover it; and,
4) the owner failed to exercise reasonable care to warn trespassers of the condition and
the risk presented.

Many homeowners have wondered whether or not a trespasser sue a property owner if the trespasser becomes injured while on the property. As a general rule, property owners are not liable should a trespasser become injured on his or her property. Of course, with anything, there are exceptions. More often than not, a judge will not rule in the trespassers favor. This is because property owners simply cannot expect that a trespasser will come onto their property; thus, the property owners should not be responsible for warning any safety issues to unidentified persons in or on their property.

Sometimes there are exceptions. For example, if people are continually trespassing on a property, the owner by now realizes that this is a reoccurring thing. In which case, if there are safety hazards that the owner is aware of, they should be notifying trespassers with a warning sign stating the hazard, such as: “warning: electric fence.”

However, there are always exceptions to this rule. For example, property owners may usually use deadly force to protect themselves or other people. So, for example, if an armed burglar breaks into a home in the middle of the night, a resident of the home may be entitled to shoot the burglar if the resident feels that his or her life is threatened. man-in-jeans-breaking-into-persons-brick-home

Trespassing Children
A different rule applies where trespassing children are involved. In the case of children who wander onto property without authorization, property owners do have a duty to ensure that their property is safe. The logic behind this exception is that children are sometimes naive to dangers on property, and could in fact be lured to dangerous conditions such as a swimming pool, an abandoned well, or heavy machinery. These potential hazards are referred to as “attractive nuisances.” Thus, a property owner has a duty to inspect his/her property to see if there are any potentially dangerous conditions that might attract children and, if there are, act immediately to correct the unsafe condition(s). A property owner may be liable for an injury to a trespassing child if he/she knew, or should have known:

1) young children were likely to trespass in the area of a dangerous condition on the
property that involved an unreasonable risk of bodily harm to children
2) young children would not be aware of the risk, and
3) the utility of the condition is small compared to the risk it represents.

Comments 4

  • Shouldn’t the parents be responsible if a child trespasses onto someones property? I mean, its their job to be paying attention to their children, I don’t understand how a homeowner can be blamed when the children should be being supervised.

    • Hi Courtney. I definitely agree that parents should be supervising their children. However, under certain laws, homeowners can be held liable if a minor is hurt on their property. I do agree it isn’t quite ideal. There are so many different situations that can occur; in many of which, the homeowner will NOT be held responsible.

  • I was excited to discover this website. I want to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every part of it and i also have you book-marked to look at new things on your website.

  • כשאתם מתעניינים לגבי עיסוי
    בתל אביב, דעו כי פתוחות בפניכם שתי אפשרויות עיקריות: עיסוי בחולון המתבצע בבית הפרטי שלכם או עיסוי בחולון המתבצע
    בקליניקה פרטית. כשאתם מתעניינים לגבי עיסוי בירושלים, דעו כי פתוחות בפניכם
    שתי אפשרויות עיקריות: עיסוי
    בירושלים המתבצע בבית הפרטי שלכם או עיסוי בירושלים המתבצע בקליניקה פרטית.

    אם הגעתם ישר לקליניקה בגבעתיים אשר בה הזמנתם עיסוי מפנק בתל אביב ישר מהעבודה, תהיה לכם אפשרות להתקלח בקליניקה בגבעתיים ולהתחיל עם עיסוי
    מפנק בגבעתיים תוכלו לבחור איזה
    או גבר שיבצעו עבורכם את העיסוי.
    אפשר לבקש מהמעסה שיוסיף שמן
    אתרי לשמן העיסוי עם השמן האתרי ותלוי איזה יעניק ריח נפלא
    ומשפיע השפעה חיובית לדוגמא שמן אתרי לבנדר תורם לרגיעה
    עמוקה עיסוי של הרכות יעזור
    מאוד לכאבי ראש או אם ישנם כפות רגלים עייפות או
    נפוחות שמן עיסוי כפות רגליים עם כמה טיפות משמן זה
    מאוד יעזרו לרגלים ויתרמו
    לריפוי כמו כן יעיל מאוד אם ישנם גירויים או
    כווית שמן אתרי זה מרגיע מאוד וגם יעיל
    במקרה של שפעת למשל עיסוי גוף עם שמן זה יכול לעזור, כמו כן
    השמן יעיל במקרה של דלקות אוזניים ועיסוי סביב האוזן במקרה של דלקת יכול

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.