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What is a licensee?


In the cases of premise liability law, a licensee is a person who has permission to be on the property, provided that permission was granted by the property’s owner. A licensee visits the property for amusement or other purposes, but is not on the property to conduct business.


For example, a person having a party may invite several guests. Those guests would be considered licensees. A person may enter a gas station to ask for directions. That person would be a licensee. They have permission to be on the property, but they are not there to conduct any type of business.


When a person is injured on the property of another, they have the right to seek compensation for medical bills and more in court. Determining whether the property owner is liable for those injuries depends on whether the victim was a trespasser, an invitee or a licensee. The duty of care a property owner must show a licensee falls between the care that must be shown a trespasser and an invitee.


In most cases, a property owner can be found liable for a licensee if the owner knew there was a hazard on the property, the owner couldn’t expect visitors to the property to realize the present danger, the owner did not warn visitors about the danger or remedy the situation, and the licensee was unaware of the risk.
Any person who has visited a business in Atlanta and been injured should seek the advice of an experienced attorney.