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To you, it might be as plain as day that a property owner or manager’s conduct led to you being injured. However, the laws of the state of Maryland require more proof than just sustaining injuries on someone else’s property. If you have been injured on another person’s property and you need to know what your rights and responsibilities are, please read on, then contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn what makes a premises liability claim valid in Maryland.

How do you know if you have a valid premises liability claim in Maryland?

Simply put, premises liability is the legal term for the responsibility for an injury on someone else’s property. Under premises liability laws, you have a right to seek payment from the owner if you suffer an injury in the owner’s house, business, or land. All you must do to bring a successful premises liability claim in Maryland is to present evidence that proves the property owner or manager owed you a duty of care, breached this duty and you suffered physical or economic injuries because of this breach. Unlike most other states, territories and districts, the state of Maryland practices what is known as pure contributory negligence. If the jury finds that you are in any way responsible for your injuries, you will not be entitled to compensation.

How do you prove a premises liability claim in Maryland?

As stated above, proving liability in a negligence case involves the following four steps:

  • Proving the existence of a duty, i.e. harm must be “reasonably foreseeable” as a result of the defendant’s conduct; a relationship of “proximity” must exist between plaintiff and defendant, etc.
  • Proving a breach of that duty, i.e. the breach of duty occurred either by negligence or intentionally
  • Proving the breach of duty caused an injury, i.e. directly linking your injuries with the defendant’s conduct
  • Proving damages naturally flowing from the injury

How can an Annapolis personal injury attorney help you?

Reaching out to a skilled Annapolis personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights and responsibilities can make all the difference in the success or failure of your premises liability claim. A seasoned legal professional will provide guidance and help you acquire the evidence needed to prove your premises liability claim. Do not suffer in silence. Let us fight for you and your future. Give us a call today.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

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.

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