Premises liability holds people and companies accountable when someone is needlessly hurt. There is a claims where there is a failure to properly maintain a property and someone is injured. Along with property owners, subcontractors for property management companies, maintenance and repair are often co-defendants in premises liability cases in Maryland. Our lawyers handle these claims.
Under Maryland law, a property owner must do what is reasonable to keep the property safe. Premises liability cases cover all claims where the owner or operator of a property fails to do what is should do to keep the property safe. Accordingly, Maryland premises liability law makes the person or company that owns or is in possession of the property responsible for injuries suffered by people that should not have gotten hurt if the right thing was done.
These claims tend to involve defendants with deep pockets which means they typically have the money to pay settlements and verdicts. As a result, victims usually collect the money they are awarded. The median award in a business negligence case is $150,000. But the good cases are worth a great deal more. This statistic gives you some idea: 25% of product liability verdicts are above $730,000. If it is a wrongful death claim, that number rises to $3.5 million.
Cases Our Law Firm Handles
Some of the cases we handle are:
- Asbestos Mesothelioma
- Slip and Falls
- Dog Bite/Animal Attacks
- Insufficient or Negligent Security
- Legionnaire’s Disease
- Carbon Monoxide Exposure Claims
- Failure to Safely Maintain the Premises
- Serious Food Poisoning
Who Are the Defendants in Premises Liability Cases in Maryland?
For hundreds of years the law in Maryland has been the same: property owners and business establishments have a duty to provide a safe environment for people who individuals on their premises. Premises liability cases can arise out of injuries on public or commercial properties, such as:
- Parking Lots
- Landlords with Lead Paint
- Big Box Home Improvement Stores Like Lowe’s, or Home Depot (also Wal-Mart and Target)
- Grocery Stores
- Day Care
- Beauty Salons
- Shopping Centers
- Swimming Pools
- Apartment Complexes
- Nursing Homes
- Vacation Rentals
- Other Commercial or Public Properties
Maryland Slip and Fall Verdicts and Settlements
Below are sample verdicts and reported settlements from Maryland slip and fall lawsuits.
$1,500,000 Verdict (Baltimore City 2023): A dishwasher was injured when stairs detached from the back of a restaurant in Fells Point, resulting in him falling 12 feet onto a concrete patio. The lawsuit claimed the stairs were negligently constructed and violated building codes. The individual suffered brain damage, as well as neck, back, and shoulder injuries. The accident happened at Thames Street Oyster House, but the restaurant wasn’t a defendant in the lawsuit. The stairs were built during a 2010-2011 renovation, and an investigation revealed they weren’t constructed according to proper plans and standards. A jury awarded the dishwasher $1.5 million in noneconomic damages after a three-day trial.
Our law firm has brought successful lawsuits against architects and builders for design or other defects that they should have known existed at the time they were building/designing a system.
If you have a serious premises liability case in Maryland, our lawyers will be glad to speak with you. You can reach a Maryland slip and fall lawyer at 1-800-553-8082 or click here for a free Internet consultation.
More Maryland Premises Liability Information
- Slip and Fall Cases in Maryland
- Sample Deposition Subpoena to Property Owner (premises liability)
- Sample Premises Liability Complaint (sample premises liability lawsuit)
- Help Center (samples of interrogatories and other discovery and trial materials)
- Why Hire Miller & Zois for Your Premises Liability Lawsuit