Can a Trespasser Sue for an Injury in Washington D.C.?

Most people assume that if someone is trespassing on another person’s property, they have no right to sue the individual if they are injured. While this is a logical assumption, the truth is, this is not always the case. Please continue reading and speak with our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about whether you will have a valid claim as a trespasser after being injured in an accident. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process ahead:

Can a trespasser file a premises liability claim?

Generally speaking, trespassers do not have a right to file a premises liability claim after they’ve been injured while trespassing on another person’s property. However, this is not always the case. There are times where those injured while trespassing do, in fact, have a right to sue for wrongfully sustained injuries.

When does a trespasser have a valid personal injury claim?

There are certain circumstances that may give a trespasser the right to file a personal injury claim. For example, if you can prove that there was willful and wanton conduct that resulted in your injury, such as a property owner realizing that you were trespassing and deciding to harm you despite the fact that you posed no evidence of being a threat, you may have a valid claim. Additionally, if you can prove that the property owner was aware of your trespassing and failed to warn you of any potential safety hazards or threats (such as a vicious dog), and you were injured as a result of a failure to warn, there is a very good chance that you may also have a valid premises liability claim.

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

When someone is injured in an accident, they must file their personal injury claim within the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is three years. Waiting longer than three years will most likely result in you permanently being barred from suing. If you have any additional questions, we are here to help. Our firm is ready to assist you through every step of the claims process today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.


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.