Defending Your Custody Agreement: Protecting Your Education Choices

Defending Your Custody Agreement: Protecting Your Education Choices

Premises Liability: Mall Mugging

by Daryl Young

You are walking through the mall parking lot after a round of Christmas shopping when all of a sudden, a mugger comes out of nowhere and violently assaults you. After the incident, the mugger runs off with your wallet and everything in it. Later, you find out that this had been happening for weeks in the same mall. Apparently, the mall did not think it was necessary to hire security.

If something like this has happened to you, then you may be entitled to compensation. This article will discuss premises liability and how it works.

Responsibility Of The Owner

The company that owns the mall is obligated by law to make sure that its customers are safe. This means they are required to take reasonable measures to protect everyone inside of the building.

The owners of the mall must take whatever precautions are necessary when protecting their patrons. These precautions can include:

  • Keeping the facility in good repair.
  • Making sure customers are aware of any dangerous areas.
  • Hiring security to protect customers against assault.

If the owners of the mall are not diligent about protecting their customers, they can be held liable for the injuries that are sustained. In the example above, it is clear that the owners of the mall were remiss in their obligation to hire adequate security.

Responsibility Of The Injured Party

It's not only the owner of the mall that has a responsibility; the visitors are also required to behave in a way that promotes safety. If you acted in a way that caused your injury, it is very unlikely that you will win your lawsuit.

Here's an example. You go into the mall and decide to ride on the carousel, by standing on the horses. If you happen to fall off and sustain an injury, not only will you look foolish, it is very unlikely that you will be able to file a successful lawsuit.

Status Of The Visitor

In the eyes of the law, visitors can be grouped into three different categories. These categories are invitee, licensee, and trespasser.

An invitee is a visitor that is invited onto the premises of the mall. This can include customers, repairmen, etc. In the case of invitees, the owner of the mall is obligated to take all necessary steps to keep them safe.

A licensee is a visitor who has not been invited onto the premises, but is allowed to be there. This can include sales professionals and other business associates. While they are not invited, the owner is still required to maintain their safety.

A trespasser is someone who enters the property without being invited or permitted. They are on the property illegally. This includes thieves, burglars, robbers, and muggers. In the case of these types of visitors, the owner of the mall is not obligated to maintain their safety.

If you were injured in an incident that was caused by the negligence of the owners of an establishment, you may be entitled to compensation. Consult with a local attorney to find out what steps to take or take your questions to a firm like Watson Law Firm to understand it better.


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Defending Your Custody Agreement: Protecting Your Education Choices

When my ex-husband decided to contest my choice to homeschool our children, I knew that I had to defend my right as the custodial parent. Our custody agreement gave me authority over educational decisions, but he still took me to court. I spent a lot of time working with an attorney to find out how best to handle it, and I did a lot of research on the laws as they applied. If you're trying to defend your educational choices amidst your divorce, this site may help. I've built it to share everything I learned and explain the process that I went through to secure my rights.