Originally posted by Joecool:
It was at his property. I wonder what the laws are when someone gets injured on your property. Like, if one of my boys' friends comes over and gets hurt in my yard. I thought their were some consequences on the owner in that sort of situation.
Won't miss a game, but may end up owing a few million. Good for the 49ers because he will now have to play for an even bigger paycheck.
There are three classes of visitors to another's property under tort law, which define the duty of care owed to each. The three classes are invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Invitees are persons who are invited to a property as part of the general public or to conduct business there, and they are generally owed the highest duty of care. Licensees are those permitted to be on one's property even though it is not open to the public, such as if someone visits your home. Obviously trespassers do not have authorization to be on one's property and they are owed the lowest duty of care. In this case, because people were being charged money to enter a party, it seems as if they would be considered invitees, and they would be owed the highest duty of care, which includes inspecting and making sure the property is reasonably safe and warning the invitees of any possible hazards. The argument here would be made that Aldon didn't make sure the property was safe as he negligently allowed armed persons to enter his property which created a hazard to others. Of course we don't know of the actual facts of the case, and of whether or not the plaintiffs in the lawsuit were themselves armed or were involved at all in the scuffle that took place there. But I imagine that this case, just like the vast majority of civil lawsuits, will be settled out of court.