Can a Trespasser File a Premises Liability Claim? | What to Know

If you were injured on a property as a trespasser, you may have a viable premises liability claim. Continue reading and reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled Washington D.C. premises liability lawyer.

Can a trespasser file a premises liability claim?

In the event that a person is hurt while trespassing on another person’s property, they typically do not have the capability of filing a premises liability claim. However, there are specific circumstances that merit those injured while trespassing to have the right to pursue legal action for wrongfully sustained injuries.

When does a trespasser have a valid personal injury claim?

It is important to understand the few instances that can provide a trespasser with the right to file a premises liability claim. To begin, if the trespasser can prove that there was willful and wanton conduct that led to their injury, they may have a valid claim. For instance, a property owner who discovered that someone was trespassing on their property and chose to hurt them despite the fact that they posed no evidence of being a danger may provoke a claim. Another example that may produce a valid premises liability claim is if a property owner was cognizant of the trespassing yet did not warn the trespasser of any possible safety risks or threats such as a vicious dog, which resulted in injuries being sustained because of failure to warn.

How long will someone have to file a premises liability claim in Washington D.C.?

Keep in mind that those who are hurt in an accident must file their personal injury claim within the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Washington D.C. is three years. This indicates that those who have been injured have three years from the date of the accident to file their claim. In the event that they do not do this, that person may lose the opportunity to file their claim entirely. That is why it is critical that you take action as soon as possible. Do not wait to reach out to our skilled personal injury firm today to learn more about our services and to discover how we can assist you with your claim. If you have any further questions about this process, our firm is here to help. Call today to set up your first meeting with our legal team.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.