Navigating Premises Liability: A Guide for Maryland Businesses

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As a business, you want to make sure that all of your customers and employees are able to stay safe while on your property. While you cannot predict every accident that might occur, you do have some responsibility. When property owners are negligent, you may find yourself responsible if someone is injured. Premises liability is an essential concept that business owners must understand to protect themselves.

What Is a Premises Liability Claim?

If someone is hurt at your business or on your property due to your lack of maintenance or negligence, you could face a premises liability claim. Premises liability cases are one type of personal injury law case, and they allow you to pursue compensation in the aftermath of your accident or injury if you are hurt. As a business owner, they allow visitors to your property to pursue compensation from you.

What Are Examples of Premises Liability Claims?

Premises liability claims include much more than the ‘slip and fall’ cases that many business owners think of.

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Elevator or escalator accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Uneven floor accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Falling objects
  • Negligent or inadequate security

What Factors Are Involved in a Premises Liability Case?

Property owners and businesses have a responsibility to maintain their properties so that people don’t get hurt. However, in a premises liability case, you must be able to prove that the property owner knew of the problem and hadn’t corrected it or that they should have reasonably known about the issue.

For example, if a pipe suddenly bursts, the floor gets wet, and you slip as a result, that might not necessarily constitute a case. As long as proper maintenance was performed, an employee would not have had time to react to stop the water and put up a wet floor sign. However, if there was a persistent leaky pipe that the property owner hadn’t fixed and there was no wet floor sign, you could not reasonably have known about the hazard and the property owner knew about it and had a chance to fix it.

Because the circumstances of a premises liability case are so specific, it is critical to work with the right attorney for your case. The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence is here to help you with your premises liability case.

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