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When personal injuries are suffered due to a hazardous or unsafe condition on someone’s property, the legal concept of premises liability comes into play. This is the body of law that makes the person in possession of the property liable for the injuries sustained while present on the premises.
If you are involved in an accident that results in a personal injury, liability needs to be proven in order for you to receive compensation for damages done. Albers & Associates is here to help you every step of the way, as your local and reliable personal injury lawyer in Maryland.
Potential damages from personal injury cases that involve premises liability can include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of ability to work
Requirements for Premises Liability
In order for this type of liability to apply:
- The defendant in your personal injury case must legally own the land/premises.
- You must be a licensee or an invitee on the property at the time the injury occurred.
- Negligence must be proven.
The most common cases in which premises liability applies are slip and fall accidents and dog bite injuries.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to keep walkways and floors clear and in a safe condition for patrons, guests, or visitors that enter onto their premises. As long as you can prove that the property owner was negligent in keeping safe the area where you sustained your injury and that you had a legal right to be present on their property at the time, you will likely be able to claim premises liability.
Sadly, this can be more difficult to prove than it seems, so seeking legal aid from a licensed and professional personal injury attorney is highly recommended in order to successfully be granted the compensation you deserve.
Thousands of dog bite-related injuries occur in Maryland every year. Over 50% of these accidents occur while the person is at their home or on the premises of the dog’s owner. Dog bite injuries fall under the umbrella of premises liability cases because, in most circumstances, the dog’s owner is the person held liable for any injuries caused by their pet.
If you are the victim of a dog bite and were not an invited guest or legally allowed to be on the property where you sustained the injury, premises liability can be difficult or nearly impossible to prove. Additionally, if you purposefully acted in a way that aggravated the dog or escalated the situation, contributory negligence may be claimed by the defendant, which means that you were a contributor to the injury.
Can Your Personal Injury Case Prove Premises Liability?
At Albers & Associates, we have many years of experience in personal injury cases and are educated on the best ways to succeed in premises liability claims. Let us help get you the compensation and care you deserve to heal both mentally and physically from your injuries and set up your free legal consultation today.
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.