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Eugene Commercial Premise Liability

If you have been injured on a commercial property in Eugene or Lane County, then you may be eligible for compensation from the owner of the property under certain circumstances.  Many of these injuries occur due to slips, trips, and falls.  Veralrud and Fowler have aggressive and experienced Eugene personal injury attorneys who have successfully pursued these types of cases.  As one of the top-rated personal injury firms in Eugene, we have provided you some basic information in this article about commercial premise liability to aid you.  

Commercial Premise Liability Law Facts for Lane County

There are three basic categories of visitor status for businesses in Oregon:  invitee, licensee, and trespasser.  


Customers in retail or grocery stores, restaurants, gyms, or entertainment venues are examples of an “invitee.”   The owner of every commercial premise has the duty to warn their customers of latent dangers and protect them against dangers about which the owners know or should reasonably know.  Cases involving injuries to invitees typically concern defective conditions like icy sidewalks or facilities that have not been properly maintained.


A licensee is someone who is on a commercial property at the invitation of the owner and for the benefit of the licensee.  One example would be a guest at a company holiday party.  If the owner of the premises possibly failed to protect their guests, a three-part test is applied.  For an injured party to receive compensation, he or she must prove that all three conditions were met..  The business owner is subject to liability if they:

  1. Know about a condition, or with reasonable care, would know about a condition that involves an unreasonable risk of harm to the invitee(s)
  2. Expect or should expect that an invitee would not discover or properly realize the danger and will fail to protect themselves against it.
  3. Fail to take reasonable care to protect the invitee(s) against danger.


The owner of a commercial property has no duty to a trespasser to make the premises safe for them.  However, they cannot intentionally create hazards that would harm a trespasser.

A more specific premises liability claim stems from an Oregon common law notion that invitees must also be protected from the negligent or intentional acts of third parties or animals.  If there is a failure in reasonable care taken in discovering acts being done – or likely to be done – and failing to warn patrons or protect against harm, then an owner may be liable.  Typical cases involve establishments or venues that serve alcohol to the public.  

The laws regarding commercial premise liability in Eugene, Oregon are very friendly to the owners of the property.  It can be very difficult to prove liability and receive compensation for damages.  If you have been injured on the property of a business and have reason to believe that you should seek damages, then call or email the personal injury attorneys at Veralrud and Fowler.  Your initial free consultation will help you determine the right course of action.

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