The last thing you expect when running errands or visiting a friend’s house is to end up injured in a hospital bed. However, incidents do happen, so knowing how to respond is essential. If you are hurt on another person’s property, it’s important to file a premises liability claim in a timely manner to fight for the compensation you deserve. Keep reading to learn more about how this process works and why you need the assistance of a Prince George’s County County slip and fall lawyer to help you.
What Warrants a Premises Liability Claim?
Though it may not seem like there’s a distinction between a premises liability claim and an accident, there is a significant difference. A premises liability incident is the direct result of the negligence of a property owner. If the owner had taken care to remedy the hazard, which would have prevented the injury, they are then liable.
The most common premises liability claims include, but are not limited to, the following situations:
- Slip and falls
- Unsafe stairs
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog bites
- Unsecured fixtures
- Elevator accidents
- Inadequate security
It’s important to understand that you have certain rights as a visitor on someone’s property. This is because property owners owe those on their property a duty of care. However, if you are trespassing and become injured due to a hazard, you will be unable to pursue damages. This is because homeowners owe no standard of care to those who are not supposed to be on their property.
It’s also important to realize that you can be injured and pursue compensation for incidents on private properties like residences, as well as retail locations, businesses, and municipal property.
What Is the Statute of Limitations in Maryland?
If you want to pursue damages after being injured on a property, you must act quickly. The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Maryland is three years from the date of the accident. If you try to file a claim after the timeframe has passed, you will be unable to pursue compensation for your injuries.
When you file a claim, you’ll be able to fight for damages. This includes economic damages, which are quantifiable finances like medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitative measures. However, you may also be eligible to pursue non-economic damages, which are more subjective than economic damages. This includes pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life.
At McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, we’re ready to help when you’ve been injured on another person’s property due to their negligence. Our dedicated legal time will work with you to fight for the justice you are entitled to. Contact our firm today to learn more about how we can help you through this challenging time.