The Damages Cap for Maryland Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability addresses injuries or harm that occur due to dangerous conditions on a property. If the property owner fails to maintain their property in a safe condition, then they may be liable for any resulting injury to a visitor. Though the duties and liabilities under this doctrine can vary based on the circumstances and the type of visitor.
As with other personal injury claims in Maryland, there is a damages cap for premises liability claims. Stated otherwise, the injured party has a limit on certain types of damages. That being said, this cap does not apply to all types of damages in a premises liability claim. There are different rules for economic and non-economic damages.
What is the Difference Between Economic & Non-Economic Damages?
Maryland Code of Courts and Judicial Proceedings Section 11-109 provides the definition of economic damages. On a larger level, economic damages refer to medical costs and lost wages. Specifically, Section 11-109 lists the following entries as economic damages:
- Past medical costs;
- Future medical costs;
- Past lost wages; and
- Future lost wages.
Maryland Code of Courts and Judicial Proceedings Section 11-108 provides the definition of non-economic damages. For personal injury claims — including premises liability — Section 11-108 lists the following entries as non-economic damages:
- Physical impairment;
- Loss of companionship; and
- Other non-monetary injuries.
The term non-economic damages does not include punitive damages in Maryland. Furthermore, the definition of non-economic damages can change based on the type of legal claim. For example, wrongful death actions feature an expanded list of non-economic damages.
What is the Damages Cap on Premises Liability and Negligent Security Claims?
For any economic damages in a premises liability claim, Maryland law does not impose a cap. If the injured party can demonstrate qualifying medical costs or lost wages, then they may request a corresponding amount of economic damages.
On the other hand, Maryland law does impose a cap on non-economic damages in premises liability cases. The injured party is not allowed to collect non-economic damages beyond a certain threshold. Please find below a breakdown of past, present and future caps for premises liability claims:
- In 2016, the non-economic damages cap was $830,000.00;
- In 2017, the non-economic damages cap was $845,000.00;
- In 2018, the non-economic damages cap was $860,000.00;
- In 2019, the non-economic damages cap will be $875,000.00; and
- In 2020, the non-economic damages cap will be $890,000.00.
In cases involving wrongful death or survival actions, however, there is a different cap structure in place.
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