Slip and Fall Lawyers Show There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Questions
Everyone has questions, especially after being injured in a Maryland accident. That’s when you can turn to the lawyers who can answer your questions. Bob Katz has posted many Frequently Asked Questions on his website. He wants Maryland and Virginia injury victims to have the facts so they can move forward with their cases, make the right decision when hiring an attorney, receive the compensation they deserve, and focus on their recovery.
The following are a selected group of questions frequently asked by injured victims seeking answers. Please note that the following materials are NOT Legal Advice or Legal Opinion - All materials provided herein are prepared for a general audience for general informational purposes only. Their sole purpose is to better educate you about a variety of general legal issues so that you become more educated consumers of legal services. Information provided on the Sites should never be a substitute for consulting with a lawyer. Please contact us directly for advice on your specific situation.
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What rights do I have if I am injured on another person's property due to negligence?
Maryland Slip and Fall Law
When people think about personal injuries, they mainly think about car accidents. However, one can suffer injuries through other kinds of accidents. While people’s initial reaction to a slip and fall is that no one other than the injured victim is at fault, this is often not the case. Premises liability law sometimes dictates that the owner/occupier of the premises should be held responsible for an injury that resulted due to that owner’s negligence.
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Maryland law requires that all property owners owe a duty of reasonable care see that those portions of their property which invitees may be expected to use, are safe and kept in good repair. Additionally, there may be a duty to warn invitees or individuals on the property of known dangers located on the premises. If there is a dangerous condition on their property that the business owner knew about and failed to warn you of, or otherwise reasonably should have known about but failed to detect, then they could be held responsible for causing you injuries.
Most Common Types of Premises Liability Negligence
Among the most common types of land owner negligence we encounter are some of the following:
- Poor lighting
- Damaged or uneven carpeting or flooring
- Wet floors
- Black ice that was ignored or negligently treated
- Stairs without safety railings
- Outdoor tile stairs not property treated for outdoor use
- Unmarked or camouflaged stairs or curbs
- Negligently designed restaurant booths
Premises Liability is a Complex Area of Law
It is important to note that just because you are injured on someone else’s property, it does not mean that the property owner or occupier is automatically are responsible for your injuries. Maryland law looks to several factors to resolve these cases and you should consult with an experienced slip and fall lawyer to determine if you have a viable claim.
Proving matters of what a company or business knew, or should have known, is never a simple matter, Additionally, slip and fall cases often involve complex injuries. While many people are not injured after falling, others can sustain extremely severe injuries, brain damage, broken bones and even death. Finally, in Maryland, contributory negligence or assumption of risk defenses may be available to the property owner which would bar an injured person from recovering any compensation.