It is the responsibility of all property owners to maintain an environment that is as safe as possible for not just themselves, but guests and visitors that enter onto their property. Dog bites and slip-and-fall are some of the most common accidents that occur on private property and lead to injury.
Premises Liability is the liability that a landowner or occupier has for injuries that occur on their land. Here’s what to do if you are injured on private property.
How is Liability Determined?
The root of premises liability is negligence, which is defined as the failure to exercise appropriate care in doing something. The judge in your case will determine liability based on your legal status while you were injured on private property and whether or not the injury was caused by negligence, whether it was you or the property owner’s failure to exercise care that led to the accident and injury.
When You’re Injured on Private Property
Step 1: Tend to your injuries if possible and seek medical attention. If you are unable to call emergency services and have a severe injury, ask someone nearby to do so for you.
Step 2: Assess the details of the accident. If you intend to seek damages or ask the property owner for compensation for medical bills or time off of work, you’ll need to ensure you can recall the specific details of the accident and injury. What you should know:
- Were you welcomed or invited onto the property?
- What is the extent of your injury?
- If anyone witnessed the accident, who was it? Do they own the property?
- Did the property owner know of the dangerous condition, if this is what caused the accident and led to your injury (i.e. negligent ownership or maintenance of property)?
- Were you invited onto the property or were you trespassing at the time of your injury?
Step 3: Seek damages with a reliable premises liability lawyer in Maryland. The strength of your case will be determined by the circumstances surrounding your accident and the experience of your attorney.
Call a Professional Premises Liability Attorney in Maryland
If you are involved in an accident on private property and become injured, call on Albers & Associates as soon as possible. We can provide you with the legal representation you need and will go over every detail of your accident and injury to ensure you are given the compensation you deserve.
Personal Injury FAQ
What Qualifies as 'Serious' Personal Injury?
A case is categorized as a serious personal injury if any of the following resulted from the accident:
- Severe brain trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- 3rd degree burns
- Any injury that causes serious and long-term disfigurement
What is a Wrongful Death Accident?
Our attorneys can successfully get you the compensation you deserve in a wrongful death case, which is when a loved one has died due to the carelessness or negligence of another person involved. Spouses, life partners, children, and other family members of the deceased can be entitled to recover damages for both emotional and financial loss.
Who is Liable for a Car Accident in Maryland?
Finding the person at fault in a car accident comes down to proving negligence on one or both sides of the equation. Whether you’re another driver or a pedestrian, you will need a lawyer to come to your defense. Because the state of Maryland employs a contributory negligence rule, your entire case will be at risk if the opposing counsel can prove that you were negligent in anyway.