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In Maryland and D.C., property owners and occupiers are legally obligated to ensure that their property is reasonably safe for people who may enter the property. When an owner or occupier fails to fulfill this duty, and someone is injured by a defective or hazardous condition on the property, the owner or occupier may be responsible to pay compensation through a premises liability claim.

Property owners or occupiers – and their insurers – often vigorously defend against premises liability claims. They may argue that they owed no duty to the injured party or that they reasonably fulfilled their responsibility to maintain the property and that the injured party was simply the victim of a freak accident.

If you have been injured, you need an experienced premises liability attorney near you and on your side. Contact our Charles County premises liability attorney, Matt Trollinger, today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights and options.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability typically refers to personal injury cases where a person’s injury was caused by a defective or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Most premises liability cases are based on a theory of negligence.

A claimant may argue that a property owner or occupier was negligent in the maintenance of their property, allowing a defective or hazardous condition to exist that should reasonably have been removed or otherwise corrected before the claimant’s accident.

There are many different types of premises liability cases. Examples of premises liability cases include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Accidents caused by inadequate maintenance of the property
  • Accidents caused by defective conditions on the property
  • Inadequate security resulting in assault or injury
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Fire accidents and burn injuries
  • Amusement or recreational park injuries
  • Exposure to hazardous or toxic substances
  • Construction site injuries

Any injury that can be characterized as having been caused by a defective or hazardous condition on someone else’s property could fall into the category of a premises liability claim.

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