Navigating the complexities of premises liability claims in Georgia can be daunting, especially when proving negligence and determining if the property owner owed you a duty of care. Whether you’re a guest at a retail store, an invitee to a private event, or simply passing through a public space, understanding the distinctions between invitees, licensees, and trespassers can significantly impact the outcome of a premises liability claim. Each category defines the visitor’s reason for being on the property and the level of care the property owner owes them.

At Hasner Law, our attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of premises liability accidents like you recover compensation for the full extent of their injuries and other losses. We have over 100 years of combined experience providing unmatched legal support for our clients as they focus on healing their injuries. Hasner Law’s esteemed attorneys understand the unique complexities of Georgia law and are ready to help you pursue the justice you rightfully deserve. 

Types of Visitors in Georgia Premises Liability Claims

Georgia law defines three main types of property visitors, each with their own definitions and rights in premises liability claims. Depending on the reason you visited the property, you may be defined as one of the following types of visitors:


If someone either directly or indirectly invites you on their premises, you are an invitee. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care. Property owners must notify invitees of any hazards present on the property to prevent injuries. Examples of invitees include houseguests, maintenance contractors, and business customers. 


Property owners still owe licensees a duty of care, but the standard is lower than it is for invitees. Licensees enter a property for their own purposes, not at the property owner’s request. Licensees may include salespeople or religious missionaries. Property owners are typically only liable for injuries to licensees if their accident was caused by willful or reckless negligence. 


An individual whom a property owner doesn’t invite or allow into the premises is defined as a trespasser. Generally, these unwanted visitors are on the premises to carry out criminal activities. Property owners do not owe trespassers a duty of care, meaning they cannot hold the property owners accountable for their injuries.

Common Types of Premises Liability Claims We Handle at Hasner Law

While slip-and-fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability claim, there are several types of accidents that are covered under this legal umbrella. A few common types of premises liability claims we handle at Hasner Law include the following:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Negligent security accidents
  • Elevator and escalator accidents

Regardless of the type of accident that caused your injuries, a Hasner Law premises liability attorney can review your case, determine the cause of your accident, and which kind of visitor you are classified as under Georgia law. We take a tailored approach to every case and will work tirelessly to meet your unique needs. 

Retain the Services of a Skilled Premises Liability Attorney at Hasner Law

If you suffered injuries on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to benefits for your injuries and other losses. At Hasner Law, our attorneys have over 100 years of experience dedicated to helping premises liability accident victims hold negligent property owners responsible for the harm they have caused. We have an established history of success and are ready to help you achieve the justice you deserve. 

To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Hasner Law attorney, call us today at (678) 928-8784 or complete our contact form.

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Stephen Hasner is the founder and managing partner of Hasner Law PC. Since being licensed in Florida in 1997 and in Georgia in 1999, Stephen has worked tirelessly to help Georgia residents navigate the legal process following a serious injury. This includes injuries sustained at work, in motor vehicle accidents, and in cases of personal injury. The team at Hasner Law is dedicated to securing compensation for their clients who have been injured through no fault of their own.