Baltimore Premises Liability Lawyer
Property owners have what is known as a duty of care to the authorized visitors on their property. Basically, this means they are legally required to protect the visitors from physical injury by removing or repairing any accident hazards when they recognize them. When it is not possible to remove or repair a hazard immediately, the property owner must make the hazard clear. This can be done with signage and caution tape. If you get hurt as a result of a property owner’s negligence, contact the experienced Baltimore premises liability lawyer at the Law Office of Hasson D. Barnes, LLC today.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a property owner’s responsibility to ensure that his or her property is safe for all authorized visitors who enter the property. These visitors include social guests as well as individuals who enter the premises for transactional purposes.
When an authorized visitor, not a trespasser, is injured by a hazard on the property that the property owner did not repair or otherwise address, the property owner is typically liable for the victim’s damages. When the victim is a trespasser, the property owner is typically only liable for his or her damages if the property owner somehow behaved in a wanton or malicious manner to injure the victim.
Examples of Premises Liability Cases
Many different types of accident can lead to premises liability claims. These include:
- Slips and falls on indoor and outdoor steps, tiles, unsecured carpets, and uneven pavement;
- Burns from uncontained fires and hot objects;
- Illnesses from exposure to toxic fumes and pathogens;
- Under certain circumstances, injuries resulting from contact with domestic pets or livestock;
- Electrical injuries due to faulty wiring and defective products; and
- Chemical burns and adverse reactions from chemicals in use in pools and other areas on the property.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Through a premises liability claim, an injured victim can pursue monetary compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering damages.
To successfully recover compensation for these damages, you must demonstrate that your injury and related damages were directly caused by the property owner’s failure to repair hazards on his or her property or make them conspicuous enough for you to avoid injury on your own. Your lawyer can help you obtain and use evidence like photographs of the accident scene and commentary from your doctor to fully illustrate this point. Your claim must also prove that the property owner knew, or should have known, about the hazard and did not address it appropriately. With a premises liability case, negligence is the property owner’s failure to correct problems he or she reasonably should have known about.
An Experienced Baltimore Premises Liability Lawyer can Help you Pursue the Compensation you Deserve
If you are facing personal injury damages after being injured on private property, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more about your legal rights and options when you are in this position, call our team of experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Hasson D. Barnes, LLC today at 443-423-0548 to schedule your initial consultation in our office.