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If Someone Trespasses on My Land and Gets Hurt, Am I Liable?

The Law & You
September 10, 2018

The Law and You

If Someone Trespasses on My Land and Gets Hurt, Am I Liable?

A viewer owns property that’s used for hunting purposes. He has trespassing signs around the border but if someone trespasses and is hurt, is he liable? Premises liability lawyers Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli have the answer.

Dave Kuharchik: We have a question about hunting in today’s edition of “The Law & You.” And in honor of that, we have some fresh coffee for the guys today to keep warm.

Ed Ciarimboli: Thank God.

Dave: Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli are here in the virtual law center. Guys, thanks for being here.

Ed: We are getting into hunting season.

Dave: It is that time of the year. You know, the weather is finally cooling off a little bit, then sooner or later the hunting season will begin. So here’s our question today and this is from Patrick from Bloomsburg. He says, “I have some property used for hunting. I have no trespassing signs all around the border. If someone trespasses and gets hurt am I liable?” Good question from Patrick.

Ed: Patrick, it’s a very good question. As long as you have your property properly signed and noticed, if they’re a trespasser then you are not going to be responsible for any injuries they incur while they are trespassing. Trespassing means they are not allowed on your property, it has a specific legal definition. So generally speaking, no you would not be liable if they got hurt.

Greg Fellerman: And this is a great question for property owners who don’t want people on their property. If you take the time to mark it and again if anybody has been in your woods, they will see the signs that are properly posted, it says “No trespassing” signed by the owner. Because people will want to get on your property and let’s say you have a waterfall or some sort of thing that’s really pretty and people get on it and they get hurt. And if you’re not necessarily marking it the right way, you can have some problems with that. So take the time, do it, it keeps hunters, quad people off your land. So I think it’s good to have it done.

Ed: Absolutely.

Dave: And if you need any legal advice and direction, of course, you can give the guys a call in the office. Check them out online and even Snapchat or send a question through social media.

Greg: Facebook. We get a lot of Facebook questions.

Dave: Facebook works as well.

Ed: Facebook Messenger.

Dave: They’re there!

Ed: Use it all the time.

Dave: Results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys, thank so much.

Ed: Thank you.

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