Property and business owners have a duty to the public to maintain their premises in a way that does not pose a threat to anyone using them. When a negligent act or omission on the part of a property or business owner leads to an injury, you may have the right to pursue a premises liability lawsuit.
How do you recognize premises liability—and can you recover?
People come onto property or enter a place of business for various reasons. The standard of care that a property or business owner owes a visitor depends on the visitor’s status at your property, whether it’s a home or a business. At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we can explain the duties of care you owe to people on your property in an easy-to-understand way.
Sometimes a person attacked or victimized in a business or on a piece of property can sue the owner of the property for failing to maintain a secure environment. To qualify as a valid premises security case, the attack must involve a third party. That is to say, it must involve someone other than the victim and the property owner. You must also be able to prove the attack was foreseeable and that the lack of security was truly a negligent act, given prior crimes in the area.
Slip and fall cases are precisely what they sound like—people slip and fall and sue the owner of the property where they fell for damages. Throughout Maryland, unfortunately, slip and fall cases are exceptionally difficult to prove due to the very high standard of proof set by Maryland personal injury law. Many slip and fall cases are simply the result of conditions of which the owner of the property was unaware. Given the right circumstances, however, we are able to help you to pursue compensation for slip and fall injuries in Maryland.
It is important to know your responsibilities as a property owner so that you do not find yourself in defense of a premises liability claim that has been brought against you. By knowing the law, you can also know when you have a claim against another property owner. For instance, many people don’t realize that, in most counties, they are expected to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks, driveways, and entrances. For example, in Montgomery County, you are required to do this within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. If you slipped and fell due to a neighbor’s failure to fulfill his or her snow removal duty, you may have a case for compensation for a slip and fall.
An experienced personal injury attorney will look at the facts of your case and estimate how much your claim may be worth, if anything.
Legal Assistance for Maryland Residents Facing Complex Slip and Fall Lawsuits
Just as with car accidents, it is essential to gather as much information as possible at the scene of the accident. If possible, you should take pictures and take a sample of the substance that caused your accident; this could be liquid or any other slippery substance that should not have been there, or this could also be an object that should not have been there that caused you to trip up and lose your footing.
As with other types of personal injury accidents, the more evidence you have the better your chances of proving the other party’s negligence and fault. Slip and fall cases are not easy ones to win, which is why it is imperative that you take the time to slow down, observe the scene around you, and take note of anything and everything after a fall. Talk with any witnesses, take notes on what they say that they saw, and record their contact information. And most importantly, reach out to a premises liability attorney right away so that he or she can investigate while the accident is still fresh.
Many victims of such accidents have an internal struggle about whether or not they should bring a claim against another person or entity (business, school, organization, etc.). They think that surely they are partially to blame: they should have seen that puddle of water in the grocery aisle or they should have walked more slowly over the compacted snow on the bank’s front walk. We want you to know that you have every right to pursue financial compensation for your injuries. Even if you believe that you are partially to blame, we suggest that you contact a premises liability attorney to investigate your case and tell you whether or not you have a good chance of recovering compensation. You may not think that you have a good case, but after examining the facts, a legal professional may think differently.
At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we have built aggressive cases for less-than-ideal situations. Slip and fall cases are no walk in the park, especially in the state of Maryland. It can be extremely difficult to prove that the other party, or the defendant, is at fault under the Maryland contributory negligence law. You need a team of lawyers with experience trying these types of cases in court. The lawyers at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered have an outstanding reputation in the legal community as trial attorneys with an aggressive zeal for each and every one of their clients. What it comes down to is this: we care about you and will fight for you like we would our family.
A Personal Injury Firm That Cares
DuBoff & Associates, Chartered is an experienced personal injury law firm practicing across Maryland and Washington, D.C. from our offices located in Baltimore and Silver Spring. From slip and fall cases to issues of medical malpractice, we are ready to help fight for your rights today. Contact us online or at 301.495.3131 today to arrange a consultation regarding your case. You will speak with an attorney when you call.
We do everything we can to accommodate our clients and their needs. If you cannot make it to us due to the severity of your injuries or other physical handicaps, we are happy to come to you at your home, the hospital, or wherever else you may be. If an evening or weekend appointment is necessary, we can make arrangements to accommodate this as well. We offer free initial consultations in personal injury cases, and we are pleased to offer contingency fee arrangements when necessary and appropriate.