Portland Premises Liability Attorney

Responsibilities of Property Owners

Property kept in poor condition often leads to injuries from trips, slips and falls.  The danger is even  greater for small children and elderly people.  Property owners have responsibilities to people who come to their property. Their responsibilities are different depending on the why the person is there. There are three categories of people that are generally accepted: trespassers, licensees and invitees.  It is important that you understand the responsibilities of property owners. Contact Portland premises liability attorney Chad Stavley for a free consultation.

Premises Liability in Oregon

  • Trespassers.  With few exceptions, owners of property have no duty to trespassers on their land. Exceptions include times when either the owner intentionally harms a trespasser without justification, knows that the trespassing is happening, or in some cases when the trespasser is a child.
  • Licensees.   A licensee is a person who is on the property for his/her own reasons, but with the permission of the owner. Examples include party guests, family members or visiting friends. The owner is responsible to a licensee for injuries caused by the condition of the property when it exists intentionally or in reckless disregard for the safety of others. They are also responsible for injuries that result from any hidden dangerous conditions that the owner knows of that could cause injury, even if the visitor is being careful.
  • Invitee.   An invitee is a person who is on the property of another with their permission and is there for the economic benefit of the property owner.  An example is a customer at a store.  A store owner has a duty to make their property safe for the customer’s visit. The owner must look for anything  that creates a risk of harm to the customer.  Then they must fix the unsafe condition or warn customers of the risk.  When dealing with public property, an invitee is a person using the property for the purpose that the property was made public. For example, a family members enjoying an afternoon at a nearby public playground would be considered invitees.

Law Office of Chad Stavley
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Debbi T.
2017-03-05 15:14:24
I live out of state and reached out to Chad for help with a pedestrian accident that I had while in Portland. Chad took the time to listen and communicate...
Libby S.
2017-11-03 09:05:05
I don't ever write reviews, but this is one I wholeheartedly recommend to my community and family in need of a Personal Injury Attorney. Navigating a...
Kate F.
2014-11-12 13:35:31
I feel fortunate to have Chad on our side to handle an accident a couple of years ago. I'd had zero experience in lawsuits. He is knowledgeable,...
Alana S.
2015-06-12 16:12:28
As someone without any experience in the legal realm, it is daunting to navigate the aftermath of an auto accident. Chad is both knowledgeable and...
Russell Charley
21:18 15 Nov 17
I have to thank Chad for his time and compassion when working with my Mom and l. When I initially called Chad I was full of fear and anger about the wreck and how my civil case was being handled. My former attorney had just notified me, by mail, that he couldn’t do anything for me, and to come pick up the paperwork. Chad listened and talked with Me. Giving him hope and a path forward. This is what I needed at this very low point in my life. Chad met with Mom and I in person, later emailing us detailed instructions. Which we followed. He provided support and was available when we got stuck and had questions. Chad’s help and support have been invaluable to our family. And has help put closure to this catastrophic event in my life. I high recommend Chad.read more
Trudy Corrigan
16:29 25 Oct 17
Chad helped us walk the difficult path of victims of a violent crime. He was experienced and reassuring through tough times.
James N
22:11 14 Jun 17
Chad is the real deal, truly out to help the less powerful and not in it just for a paycheck. Heres proof: I called him because my insurance adjuster was BS'ing me around with medical coverage, telling me I wasn't eligible. Chad went out of his way to three way call my insurance company with me, talk to the adjuster, and voila! Now i have medical coverage and I can get my back fixed. The best part? He didn't charge me a dime! He did it out of the kindness of his heart for somebody of lower status. Call it 100% magnanimous. If you're looking for a personal injury attorney, Mr. Stavley is your guy. read more
Abby K
14:52 31 Mar 17
Chad and his staff were extremely helpful with my case. I contacted his office after being injured in a car accident and he was able to produce a very nice outcome. He and Stephanie were always available and responded quickly to any questions or help needed in a friendly way. I highly recommend him!read more
Milton Pareta
05:16 17 Nov 16
I was in a major car accident in Eugene, Oregon back in June 2015. Resulting in numerous of injuries. Hospitalized for a couple of weeks and rehabbing for a couple of months after that. I was referred to Chad and he even came out to see me in Eugene from Portland. Our first discussion wasn't about any legal actions but how I was healing from the accident. Chad actually cares about his clients and will make sure you're taken cared off. He makes sure he is prepared for his cases and always is in communication with me. He even calls to see how I am doing or if I needed anything. He made my lawsuit really easy to handle. He will give you the best result one can ask for. Very easy and cool to work with. He will make sure that you are taken cared off. I highly recommend Chad Stavley for any personal injury case. You will be very pleased from the results.read more
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