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Cases involving premises liability accidents are among the most common personal injury cases we evaluate at Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law. In this type of case, a plaintiff seeks compensation for a personal injury sustained because of another person’s negligence or failure to maintain safe, hazard-free conditions on their property. Below, we’ve listed the five most common types of premises liability accidents we provide representation for in Gaithersburg, Bethesda, Rockville, and other parts of Maryland. If you’ve been hurt in any of these everyday scenarios, we encourage you to request a free, confidential consultation with our experienced personal injury attorneys.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents Are Often Severe and Life-Changing

Slip-and-fall accidents happen all the time, but they’re among the most challenging cases for plaintiffs to win due to insurance carriers’ reluctance to settle the claims. Common slip-and-fall settings include grocery stores, retail and department stores, warehouses, sidewalks, parking lots, private homes, and gas stations. Slip-and-fall injuries are often severe and life-changing, which is why you may be entitled to compensation if you’ve been injured due to slippery floors, loose handrails, and other hazardous, unmarked property conditions.

Dog Bites Often Cause Permanent Scarring and Disfigurement

Approximately 4.5 million U.S. residents are bitten by dogs every year, with about 70% of them happening to children and about 25% of them requiring medical attention. Maryland has state and county laws to hold dog owners accountable for their animal’s actions, which can cause severe injury, death, or property loss. If a dog has bitten you, we urge you to seek medical help even if your injury appears to be minor. You should also take photos of your injury and file a police incident report or animal control report, so there is documentation that the attack took place. You may have grounds for a premises liability claim.  Check out our dog bite frequently asked questions for more information.

Hotel Accidents Resulting in Personal Injury May Be Covered

When you stay at a hotel or resort, you should be able to expect a certain level of safety and comfort. If the hotel’s lax management fosters an unsafe environment by failing to repair broken locks, leaving hazardous materials in the rooms or hallways, or overlooking other issues causing you personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation under Maryland’s premises liability laws. We’ve seen anything from loose carpeting and handrails to wet floors, worn steps, poor lighting, and faulty elevators being responsible for client injuries during their stay at a hotel or resort.

Negligent Security on Commercial Property Leading to Injuries

Did you know that the owner of a commercial property owes a duty of care to visitors to keep them reasonably safe even from the criminal activity by third-parties.  Under this rule, the owner/manager of an apartment complex, shopping center, parking garage, hotel or other business can be held liable for injuries to a customer where the owner was aware of prior criminal activity on the property but failed to adequately address it.  A victim of criminal battery, sexual assault, knife or gunshot wounds from a robbery and other such injuries may have a claim for compensation for negligent security against the property owner.  Failures include inadequate lighting, missing or broken security cameras, inoperable key card systems which allow unauthorized persons into a building, understaffed or improperly trained security guards and failure to warn patrons.  These cases are complex and require a detailed investigation by trained attorneys along with experts in the field of commercial property safety and security systems.

Parking Lot/Parking Garage Injuries

If you trip and fall in a retail or commercial parking lot because of poor lighting, hidden potholes, or slippery conditions during inclement weather in which the property owner failed to reasonably keep the area safe and clear of ice and snow, the property owner may be held liable for your injuries under  premises liability laws.  Parking lot injuries are not always minor. Many parking lot slip-and-falls, where an unprotected customer lands on hard pavement,  can cause broken bones, torn or pulled muscles and ligaments, severe lacerations, and even head or spine injuries.

Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Slip and Fall Accident?

If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident , you need to speak with an experienced slip and fall attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Gaithersburg office directly at 301.840.0404 to schedule your free consultation.

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