Premises Liability Laws

Owners and managers of public property – including restaurants, stores, and malls – have a duty to keep their premises free of hazards and dangers, including potential criminal activity, that could lead to injury or death. In Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C., under each state’s premises liability laws, owners of private property also have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their Maryland Premises Liability Lawyervisitors.

If you have been injured because of a hazardous condition at someone else’s property or because the security measures taken by the property owner or landlord may have not been adequate, you may have a right to pursue compensation through a premises liability lawsuit.

To find out how our Maryland premises liability lawyer can help you get the justice you deserve, call (301) 605-9469 to schedule a free consultation today. Mr. Plotnick is very familiar with DC, MD and VA premises liability laws and will get you the benefits you are entitled to.

Examples of Premises Liability Injuries and Claims

Premises liability is a broad area of law that includes several different types of accidents, including:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents due to lack of floor maintenance, or snow or ice removal
  • Inadequate property security (residential and commercial property)
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals (e.g. asbestos, fumes)
  • Poor lighting leading to inability to see a dangerous condition (hole in parking lot) or creating an environment for criminal activity
  • Construction site dangers or debris
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Swimming pool mishaps due to an inadequate number of or poorly trained guards or poor maintenance of pool area
  • Fires and fire hazards
  • Dog bites / animal attacks

Virtually any type of personal injury can be suffered on dangerous premises – some of them requiring long-term medical care and therapy. When a severe injury forces you to stop working for an extended period of time, you deserve compensation for lost income, medical expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and other damages.

Every case is different. If you believe you have a valid premises liability claim, our experienced premises liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC can evaluate your claim to determine what types of damages you may be entitled to.

What to Do If You are Injured on Someone Else’s Property

If you have suffered a serious injury due to dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, an accident report should be completed at the time of the incident indicating what caused your injuries, who witnessed the accident and/or witnessed the conditions that caused your injuries, and any other relevant information (e.g. lighting, weather, hidden hazards, etc). Taking pictures of the scene of the accident can be crucial to the success of your claim. Use your cell phone!

Although filing an accident report is not mandated by law, it is usually the policy of stores, businesses, apartment buildings, and other places where these accidents often occur. If an accident report is not completed at the scene of your accident, you should write down your recollection of the accident as soon as possible. Take pictures and gather all of the information you can. When recording the incident, be sure to include the following information:

  • Date and time of the accident
  • Description of the circumstances surrounding the accident (e.g. wet floor, warning signs or lack thereof)
  • Written record of any comments made by witnesses or agents of property owner or managment company
  • Contact information for witnesses

You should have your injuries treated as soon as possible after the accident. If you wait to seek medical attention, the property owner or responsible party may try to argue that it was not its/their negligence that caused your injuries, but a separate event that occurred between the time of your accident and your visit to the doctor.

Proving Premises Liability

In order to prove that a property owner was negligent, you must demonstrate that they failed to use a reasonable level of care when maintaining their property or in providing security, whether it be at your apartment building, dorm room, or the parking lot at your shopping mall. In most jurisdictions, “a reasonable level of care” is defined by the following factors:

  • The intended use of the property
  • The circumstances under which the victim entered the property (e.g. invitee, licensee, trespasser)
  • Whether or not the accident or danger was foreseeable
  • Whether or not the owner took reasonable action to prevent hazards, or warn visitors of potential hazards

Our experienced Maryland premises liability attorneys have many years of experience helping victims of property negligence obtain the compensation they need and deserve after a serious injury. We know the arguments that property owners often use to deflect blame from themselves, and we have the resources and legal strategies you need to effectively fight back.

If you have been injured because of the negligence of a property owner, please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC today to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent injured victims throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C., including Bethesda, Rockville Laurel, College Park, Upper Marlboro and NOrthern Virginia.