Baltimore Premises Liability Lawyer
Property owners in Baltimore have a duty to anyone that enters their property to keep the property in a safe and clean condition. When there is a dangerous condition on the property, it is the responsibility of the property owner to warn anyone entering the property of that condition. There are many different ways a person can become injured on someone else’s property and when they do, they can file a claim for compensation to recover any damages, or losses, they sustained as a result of the accident. If you have been hurt, a Baltimore premises liability lawyer can help ensure you receive the maximum settlement you deserve.
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases
There are a number of ways a person can become hurt on another person’s property. The most common of these include:
- Slip and fall accidents: By far the most common type of premises liability case are slip and fall accidents. These accidents result in many different injuries and can occur just about anywhere.
- Animal attacks: Incidents such as dog bites and other animal attacks typically occur in someone’s home or on their property. Victims often suffer from permanent scarring and post-traumatic stress disorder, such as suddenly developing a fear of that animal.
- Elevator and escalator injuries: When elevators and escalators malfunction, they cause serious injuries. These accidents typically occur in shopping malls, office buildings, and hotels.
- Falling debris injuries: Often seen on construction sites, falling debris typically causes traumatic brain injuries, which are some of the most serious injuries.
- Negligent security: When certain properties are not properly protected it can result in assaults, theft, and other criminal activity. Victims can press criminal charges, and file civil lawsuits.
- Swimming pools: Swimming pools pose a great danger to children, which is why in Maryland, there is an attractive nuisance law which states pool owners must ensure children cannot access their pool by installing gates and fences.
Unfortunately, these are just a few of the most common types of premises liability claims. When these or any other accident occurs on someone else’s property, injured individuals should speak to an attorney that can help them file a claim.
Proving a Premises Liability Claim
Unfortunately, being injured on another person’s property does not automatically give rise to a personal injury claim. To file a claim for compensation, accident victims must prove that:
- The owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition and that it posed an unreasonable risk of harm,
- The owner failed to take reasonable care to repair the condition or to warn visitors of the dangerous condition, and
- The visitor did not know, or had no way of knowing, of the dangerous condition and the risk it posed.
It is critical to prove these elements in most premises liability cases. However, in some cases, such as in certain dog bite cases, accident victims do not have to prove these elements. Instead, owners can be held strictly liable.
Our Baltimore Premises Liability can Help When You are Injured
If you have been hurt on someone else’s property, call our Baltimore premises liability lawyers at Iamele & Iamele, LLP today. We know how to hold property owners accountable for the dangerous conditions they create so you can receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Call us today at (410) 779-6160 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.