Most of us feel safe in our own homes, as we should. You still, however, face the risk of injury or wrongful death through no fault of your own. Maryland apartment buildings can host any number of liabilities to even the most alert residents. If you have sustained injuries and need assistance determining who to hold responsible according to the state of Maryland’s laws, please read on, then contact an experienced Annapolis slip and fall lawyer to learn what you should know about apartment accidents in Maryland.
In Maryland, landlords are not automatically responsible for injuries that a tenant sustains at a rental property. Typically, Maryland landlords are only liable when their tenants or their guest’s injuries were the result of the landlord’s careless action or inaction. To win a Maryland personal injury claim, you will need to prove that a landlord knew or reasonably should have known about the unsafe conditions; and failed to rectify the hazardous condition. Additionally, you must prove you were injured and suffered significant financial damages as a result.
Given the state of Maryland’s strict liability laws, you will have to prove not only that the accident injured you in a significant, lasting way but that the landlord or property owner was entirely responsible for the accident. If a jury finds that you share any percentage of the fault, you cannot recover. After sustaining an apartment accident injury, you should:
- Take pictures and/or videos of the unsafe conditions that caused your accident
- Ask any witnesses of the accident for their contact information
- Call the police to ensure they document the incident and send an ambulance that can transport you to the hospital for treatment
- Retain the services of a skilled Annapolis personal injury lawyer
An Annapolis personal injury attorney will know Maryland’s premises liability laws and how they pertain to your case. He or she will be better aware of which county and court you should file in, which counties will likely offer better jury awards and how likely it is your case will go to trial. Nothing is a given but having a qualified legal professional representing you can help protect you from the more mundane problems that will crop up. Do not go it alone. Give us a call today.
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.