If you or a loved one suffered injuries on someone else’s property in Baltimore, MD, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we can investigate the circumstances, determine who is liable, and help build a strong case on your behalf.
Premises liability cases in Baltimore, MD, can be complex. A lawyer from our firm who handles these types of cases can help you navigate the legal process and ensure you file on time so that you do not lose your chance to recover compensation.
Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
When you are at the supermarket or in someone’s private residence, the last thing you expect is to suffer an injury that sends you to the hospital and keeps you out of work for weeks or even longer. Premises liability cases we typically see involve:
- Slip or trip and falls
- Negligent security (e.g., poor lighting in a parking lot)
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents (e.g., no security fence)
If a property owner, manager, employee, or another party did not properly maintain the premises and ensure it was free of dangerous conditions, you could name them in a premises liability case. An attorney at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can analyze the facts and determine your options. Every case is unique, and we want to fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
For a free legal consultation with a premises liability lawyer serving Baltimore, call (410)886-6215
Establishing Negligence in Your Baltimore Premises Liability Case
Let’s say, for example, you slipped and fell in a puddle of melted ice inside a supermarket. To build a claim and seek compensation for your injuries, we must present evidence that the property owner, manager, or employee knew about the dangerous condition and did nothing to fix it or rope off the hazardous area.
Your attorney must prove:
- The property owner had a duty of care to keep you and all shoppers safe from harm.
- The property owner breached that duty of care when they were aware of the dangerous condition but did not take action to clean it up or warn shoppers.
- The puddle of water on the floor caused you to slip and fall.
- The incident led to your injuries and subsequent damages.
Compensable Damages You May Be Entitled to Receive
Depending on the severity of your injuries and the physical and emotional toll it has taken on your daily life, you could be eligible for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages involve the out-of-pocket expenses you face due to the accident and resulting injuries. These may include:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses (e.g., hospital stays, any surgeries or procedures, assistive medical devices, physical therapy, prescription medicines, etc.)
- Lost wages (e.g., time missed at work due to doctor’s appointments)
- Loss of future earning capacity (e.g., you had to take a lower-paying job because your injuries prevent you from performing your current work duties)
- Property damage (e.g., your grandmother’s watch shattered as a result of the slip and fall)
Non-economic damages are less tangible and not as easy to calculate as economic damages. They account for the emotional impact the incident has taken on your life. Non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering (as a result of the accident)
- Loss of enjoyment of activities (e.g., you may no longer be able to garden or ride your bike due to the injuries you suffered)
- Mental anguish (e.g., your injuries have left you anxious, depressed, or unable to sleep)
- Disfigurement or permanent disability (e.g., your injuries have permanently altered your appearance or left you with bodily limitations)
- Loss of consortium (if you lost a loved one due to the incident)
If your slip and fall just happened, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The team at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can recommend medical providers we send our own staff and family members to for care. We do not want you to suffer one more day. A premises liability lawyer at our firm is standing by, ready to help you file a claim.
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The Rule of Contributory Negligence in Maryland
It is important to note that Maryland follows a strict rule of contributory negligence for personal injury cases. That means if the defendant (property owner) is able to blame even one percent of the incident on you, it could bar you from receiving any compensation.
This is why we must build a strong case that supports your claim and points to the property owner as bearing 100 percent of the blame. Our team at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow knows the laws and statutes in Baltimore and what is needed to build a strong case on your behalf. We do the legal work so you can focus on your recovery.
Do Not Miss Your Chance to Seek Compensation
There is a limit on the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. Per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101, you have three years from the date of the incident to file your case. If you try to file after that window has closed, a judge will most likely dismiss your case. There are exceptions to the statute based on certain circumstances. Hiring a premises liability lawyer from our firm can help you avoid missing any important legal deadlines.
Call a Team Member at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow Today
When you hire a premises liability lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow to represent you, we will always be available for questions. In addition to phone and email, we provide our clients a special text number for 24/7 communication. Call (410) 877-6021 to speak with a team member today.