Property ownership comes with responsibility: if you own or manage a property and invite or allow other people onto it—whether for business, social, educational, or recreational purposes—you owe those people a duty of care, in the sense that they should not have any reason to fear that they will come to harm while on your premises. You must take reasonable care to prevent hazardous conditions, and if one should occur, to promptly correct it, and in the meantime, warn those people who have come onto your property to avoid the danger the condition poses. This duty of care is at the heart of the legal theory of premises liability. If you fail in this duty and someone is hurt, you may be held liable for that person’s damages. This is the essence of premises liability under the law.
Premises liability may arise in various ways. The most common is the slip, trip, and fall accident, where a slippery floor, uneven walking surface, dangerous staircase, sudden unmarked drop-off, or some type of obstacle causes someone legally on the property to fall and sustain a serious injury. This type of premises liability is explained in greater detail elsewhere on the dedicated Slip, Trip & Fall Accident page on our site.
There are numerous other situations from which a legal action for premises liability might arise. These are just a few of the many possible situations where a property owner may be found negligent and subject to liability to an injured party for damages:
If you or a member of your family sustained a serious injury on someone else’s premises that you feel was due to the owner or manager’s negligence, you may be able to recover money to compensate for your economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost earnings, and other costs arising from the accident that can be proven with bills, receipts, credit card statements, and employment records. Non-economic damages are harder to assign a dollar value and include pain, suffering, mental anguish, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
In is usually in your best interest to retain an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to represent you and guide you through the legal process. In Baltimore and the surrounding area, you can get the legal help you need by calling Randolph Rice Injury Lawyers. The Rice law firm is client-centered and focused on achieving the best results the law allows. We offer a complimentary case consultation in which we will answer all of your questions honestly and advise you of your legal options. We will investigate your case, gather evidence of the defendant’s liability, assemble proof of your financial and quality-of life-damages, negotiate with the insurance company, and if necessary to get you a fair amount of compensation, will try your case to a jury.
It is important to get started as soon as possible because there are legal time restrictions on filing a lawsuit in Maryland. Don’t take a chance on losing your right to compensation. Call The Law Offices of Randolph Rice today! 410-844-5333