Maryland and DC Premises Liability Attorneys
It is the responsibility of property owners to provide and maintain a safe environment for any guest who enters legally. If they fail to do so, and you are injured as a result of that failure, you may have a premises liability claim. At Costello & Edwards, we understand the intricacies of this area of personal injury law and are ready to put our years of experience to work for you.
Common Premises Liability Claims
- Slips & falls: Defective sidewalks, poorly maintained stairs, and unattended spills often result in accidental injury. These accidents can leave shoppers, tenants, and guests with serious personal injuries.
- Animal & Dog bites: If you’ve been bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal, you may have a claim against the dog owner or property owner where the attack occurred.
- Swimming pool accidents: Inadequate safety equipment, pool maintenance, and/or supervision are common causes of accidental injuries and drownings, and often the victims are children.
- Negligent or inadequate security: A guest at a business, hotel, or apartment complex has a reasonable expectation that the premises be kept safe from foreseeable harm and danger. When this expectation is not met due to insufficient security, a guest may become a victim of sexual assault, physical assault, or other criminal activity. The owner may then be held liable for the resulting harm.
- Construction site accidents: Construction sites pose serious dangers to the men and women working there. Property owners, contractors, and management companies are obligated to maintain a safe work environment. Injuries on job sites tend to be serious and often fatal. Individuals injured on the job may have a claim for both worker’s compensation and a personal injury action against a third party.
Proving Negligence in Premises Liability Cases
In order to recover compensation in a premises liability case, it is essential to establish negligence on the part of the property owner. To do so requires proof that a dangerous condition on the property caused your injury. Further, you must show that the property owner was aware of the dangerous condition and either failed to correct it or at a minimum, failed to warn of its existence.
Prevailing on a premises liability lawsuit is no easy feat. Defendants are often corporate entities with substantial resources. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, do not go it alone. Let our attorneys put their experience, skill, and resources to use on your behalf.