Most property owners, whether commercial or residential, work hard to keep their premises in good condition. This is important for ensuring everything looks great, and also that those who visit are kept safe. Additionally, it is also essential for avoiding potential legal problems. Premises liability laws are in place to provide those injured due to the negligence of a property owner. Whether you own property yourself, or you have been injured in an accident, understanding Maryland premises liability is important.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability laws are there to provide legal recourse to those who are injured on a property because of the negligence of another property. This is typically the result of the property owner failing to keep their location in good working order, failing to put up warning signs, or not putting up required barriers to prevent people from entering dangerous areas. Some common examples of this include:
- Slip & Fall Accidents – If a property has a wet floor, loose gravel, or other hazards they need to either put up a sign alerting people of the danger, or clean it up right away.
- Swimming Pools – A swimming pool must have a fence or other barrier surrounding it to keep people (especially children) out if they aren’t permitted to enter.
- Broken Equipment – If something is broken and it puts visitors at risk, it must be fixed or a notice put up. For example, if the railing along an edge of a balcony is loose, it causes a clear danger that has to be addressed.
Making a Claim
If someone is thinking about filing a claim using premises liability laws, they must be able to prove multiple different things in order for the courts to rule in their favor. First, it must be clear that there was harm that the plaintiff experienced. This could be a serious injury or the death of a loved one. It also must be shown that the harm was the result of the property owner’s negligence. In order to be found negligent, it needs to be shown that the property owner knew, or should have known, of the hazard. In addition, they must have had sufficient time to correct the issue.
Another thing that may be an important factor in this type of case is the legal status of the visitor (plaintiff). If the plaintiff was trespassing when they were injured, for example, they aren’t likely going to have a strong case.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured?
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, the first thing you need to do is to speak with an experienced attorney. We can review the relevant factors of your situation, and let you know if you have a strong case under the premises liability laws of Maryland. To get this started, please contact us to schedule a consultation right away.