Maryland Premises Liability Lawyer
Property ownership comes with great responsibility. Owners, as well as managers, lessors, land lords, supervisory and maintenance personnel, and other authorized agents are obligated to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to conduct reasonable inspections to identify and remedy any dangerous and defective conditions in a timely manner. Maintaining a safe and healthy environment is a serious responsibility. An owner or lessor’s failure to fully carry out that responsibility may result in serious legal repercussions. Those who have incurred an injury on another’s property may obtain financial restitution for their suffering through the skillful representation of a Maryland premises liability lawyer.
Premises Liability Accidents
Attorneys who practice in premises liability must have experience with various accident types, ranging from physical hazards to serious environmental impacts such as:
- Slip and fall accidents (snow and ice, defective, cracked, broken, uneven sidewalk, fall from ladders, roofs, tree houses, trees, playground equipment)
- Exposure to hazardous materials (Asbestos? Lead paint, mold)
- Swimming pool and recreational injuries
- Burn accidents
- Struck by/against accidents
- Industrial accidents (what does this mean)
- Falling objects
- Dog bites/animal attacks
- Assault, battery by employees of premises owners, security guards (bars, restaurants, banks)
- Food poisoning
When a property owner/manager’s actions or negligent acts or omissions, result in harm to another individual, whether in the form of injury, illness or ultimately death, a personal injury lawyer may be able to assist the victim in holding the responsible party financially culpable for the resulting damages.
The Facts on Falls in MD
Each year, millions of Americans suffer some form of slip and fall or trip and fall accident in a place of business, retail establishment, or residence. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury in the United States, leading to nearly 9 million emergency room visits each year. Additionally, the NSC reports that falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in the home and community. Data from 2009 showed more than 25,000 deaths resulted from various fall accidents. In 2011 alone, falls accounted for more than 8.9 million emergency room visits.
Falls may take place in cluttered areas, on uneven surfaces, in wet areas, areas prone to spills, and areas with heavy traffic. Falls from higher elevations may occur from construction scaffolding, stairs, ladders, bleachers, and other improperly-guarded heights. It does not take a major fall to cause serious injury. Even a seemingly simple trip and fall can result in serious physical damage. Broken bones may take a long time to heal, and a head injury sustained upon impact with the ground could cause a life-altering brain injury. A traumatic brain injury may even prove fatal. A Maryland premises liability lawyer will have likely handled multiple slip and fall cases in the past and will have the experience and skills to build a strong case for your claim.
The Health Risks of Hazardous Materials in Maryland
Exposure to hazardous materials can result in long-term health complications which may include the growth of various forms of cancer, skin conditions, lung disease, and more. There are several ways in which an individual may be exposed to hazardous materials:
- Ingestion – The substance is absorbed into the body through consumption, whether by eating or drinking a contaminated product.
- Inhalation – The substance is breathed into the body through gaseous, and sometimes undetectable, vapors.
- Dermal exposure – The substance comes into direct contact with the skin and may be absorbed into the skin.
The impact of hazardous exposure may take place very gradually with repeated exposures over a long period of time — known as chronic exposure — or in a single incident — known as acute exposure.
The presence of lead-based paint on toys, walls, window sills or other household surfaces,, asbestos in older homes and buildings, oil and fuel tank leaks, spills, improper disposal of hazardous waste, and exposure to toxic pesticides are just a few of the ways that Americans are commonly exposed to hazardous materials in their everyday lives.
Premises Injuries and Illnesses in MD
The scope of injuries and illnesses sustained in premises liability cases is wide-ranging. An experienced lawyer may have represented individuals who have suffered from any or all of the following:
- Head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Chronic illness
- Terminal illness
- Burn injuries
- Respiratory diseases
- Vision or hearing impairment
- Loss of limbs, amputation
- And death
If you have been injured in someone else’s home or on their property, in the workplace (injury in your own workplace falls under workers compensation law.), in a store, in another place of business, or out in the community, contact a premises liability lawyer in Maryland today. A knowledgeable legal professional can aptly determine those who had a role in your injury and to what degree each should be held legally responsible for your suffering.
Premises Liability Representation in Maryland
If you, or a loved one, were injured because of the actions or negligence of a property owner, financial compensation may be available to you. Those responsible for maintaining a safe premises for visitors or the general public can be held liable for their oversights, improper maintenance, gross negligence, or other factors that led to the injury. With skilled representation, you may be able to receive a monetary award to assist with the medical bills, property damage, lost wages from missed work, and other financial obligations you incurred because of the accident. To find out more about making a claim against those responsible for your injury, contact our office to schedule your free consultation today.