Did you sustain severe injuries on another person’s property in Joppatowne? Property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe. When they act negligently, they expose their clientele and other members of the public to risk.
Premises liability injuries can become grounds for an insurance settlement or legal action to recover compensation for your financial and emotional losses. Our Joppatowne premises liability lawyer can investigate your case, determine if you have grounds for an insurance claim or lawsuit, and negotiate a settlement covering your medical bills and other losses.
Types of Damages in a Premises Liability Case
Premises liability cases fall into the larger legal category of personal injury law. This legal category compensates victims for their losses caused by a negligent party.
The pursuit of premises liability compensation often involves these damages:
- Damaged personal property
- Medical expenses
- Lost income while rehabbing your injuries
- Reduced quality of life
- Pain and suffering
How Much Can I Recover In Damages?
There’s no definitive answer to this question. Premises liability cases have a range of different outcomes. Some involve insurance settlements, while others require a lawsuit.
However, there are limits on certain damages in a premises liability case. For example, while there is no statutory limit to the economic damages (tangible financial losses) you incurred, MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 3-2A-09 limits non-economic damages (emotional losses) to $860,000 in 2022.
Also, remember that insurance policy limits could affect the amount you receive in compensation. Our Joppatowne premises liability lawyer can estimate the value of your case and use it to judge potential settlement offers from the liable party.
Make Sure You Seek Medical Treatment
You should see a doctor and begin treatment for your accident-related injuries as soon as possible. Your health comes first, and medical documents can serve as evidence in your case. Even if you didn’t go to the emergency room, make sure you seek medical treatment. Some injuries may only manifest symptoms days or weeks after a fall. The longer you go without treatment, the worse they could become.
Our Joppatowne premises liability attorneys can also consult with your doctors to get an idea of how much your medical bills will be now and down the road. Your doctor’s testimony can also help link your injuries to your accident. This can help us establish the negligence of a property owner so we can go after compensation.
For legal consultation with a premises liability attorney in Joppatowne, call (410)777-8960
Can I Afford a Premises Liability Lawyer?
Law firms use one of three options to receive payment for accident claims:
- Lump sum: You just pay the law firm a one-time, flat rate.
- Hourly: Your lawyer bills you on an hourly basis.
- Contingency fee: Your attorney won’t charge an upfront fee. Instead, they’ll only get paid if you win your case. This payment will comeas a percentage of your final award.
The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow prioritizes accessibility. Therefore, we don’t want to turn potential clients away because they’re afraid of being unable to afford our services. Instead, we charge contingency fees and offer free case evaluations. We won’t charge you anything unless we win your case.
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Should I Hire a Premises Liability Lawyer?
You don’t always need to hire a lawyer. For example, you can file an insurance claim without one and represent yourself in some Maryland legal proceedings.
However, premises liability cases can quickly become complicated. They’re not as straightforward as car accidents and other personal injury cases. For example, you may need to surmount additional hurdles to receive compensation.
Still on the fence? Keep in mind that hiring our premises liability lawyer is entirely risk-free. In addition, you’ll receive the benefit of these services:
- We can investigate your case and sift through the evidence
- We can interview witnesses
- We can act as your representative
- We can negotiate with insurers
- We can file your insurance claim or lawsuit
We Want To Make You Feel Comfortable
There’s more to our firm than legal support. We aim to have you stress as little as possible about your case. So, we provide additional perks to our clients:
- 24/7 helpline: No more case questions keeping you up late
- Peace of mind: We’ll handle your case, so you don’t have to
- Assistance with finding medical providers: We can draw on our network of doctors to get you the care you need
Adam M. Smallow, our lead premises liability attorney, could take point on your case. He’s been in the business for over a decade and is a member of several prestigious legal organizations. Here’s what our clients have to say about working with him:
- “Mr. Smallow represented me in a case, and he kept in touch before and during the case and kept me abreast and he delivered everything he promised. Case came out great for me.” – Sean M.
- “The professionalism and service I’ve received from Adam Smallow has exceeded my expectations. He is very bright, listens well, and answers all my questions.” – Joe B.
Who Can You Hold Liable in a Premises Liability Case?
In a premises liability case, the liable party will typically be a property owner, such as a homeowner or business owner. However, you also could hold a property manager responsible for your injuries.
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How Does Determining Liability Work in a Premise Liability Case?
To establish liability, our premises liability team will first review the evidence of your case to determine what caused your accident:
- Inadequate security
- Poor lighting
- Slippery or poorly maintained walkways
- Falling signage
- Unrestrained dangerous animals
- Debris or other tripping hazards
Maryland is a contributory negligence state. To win your case, you can’t contribute to the cause of your injuries. The defense lawyer or the liable party’s insurer may suggest that you shared responsibility for the accident by:
- Behaving negligently
- Taunting unrestrained animals
The Premises Liability Case Deadline
You don’t have unlimited time to file a premises liability lawsuit. Per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101 (the Maryland personal injury statute of limitations), you have three years from the accident date to submit your paperwork.
If insurance negotiations fall through, a lawsuit may be your only option to get the compensation you need to maintain your financial situation. Therefore, you shouldn’t wait to get started on your case. Statutes of limitations are strict deadlines; if you miss it, the court will likely dismiss your lawsuit, no matter your evidence.
Work With a Premises Liability Lawyer From Our Firm Today
Every Joppatowne resident deserves a fair shot at compensation following an accident caused by another person’s negligence. However, if you wait too long, you may miss your window to file a claim.
So, let the premises liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow help you in your fight for fair compensation. Call our offices today for a free case evaluation.