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.