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Slip-and-Falls on Property in Maryland

The Legal Duties Owed to Different Visitors

slip-and-falls-on-property-in-marylandIn Maryland, as in other states, property owners owe certain duties to individuals legally on their property. The duty is different, however, based on the “status” of the visitor:

  • Business invitees—An invitee is a person who has actually or constructively been “invited” to come on commercial property, including store customers who enter the premises for purposes related to the business. Property owners owe the highest duty to invitees. They are required to reasonably monitor and inspect property for potential dangers and either fix the dangers or warn visitors.
  • Licensee by invitation—This category includes social guests who enter the property with the permission of the owner. A party guest qualifies as a licensee by invitation. The property owner has no duty to monitor or inspect property but must take reasonable steps to either remedy any danger or warn visitors of the potential risk.
  • Bare licensee—This type of visitor has the owner’s permission to be on the property but is there solely for his own reason or benefit. The classic example is the door-to-door salesperson. The property owner may not intentionally hurt the bare licensee and must not bring about conditions that pose a risk of injury without warning the visitor.

There is another type of visitor—the trespasser. A property owner, however, has no duty to a person who enters the property without permission, other than to refrain from inflicting intentional injury.

Experienced Baltimore Slip-and-Fall Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a longtime Maryland SuperLawyer, has advocated for the rights of personal injury victims in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland for more than three decades. Named a “Top-Rated Lawyer” by The American Lawyer magazine, he is AV-rated by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has earned the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). AVVO also has given him a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney.

Proven Premises Liability Lawyer in Maryland

If you’re hurt in a slip-and-fall on residential or commercial property, Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Send us an e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Truck Accidents in Maryland

Getting Evidence from the Truck’s Black Box

Truck Accidents in MarylandIn any personal injury lawsuit, the accumulation and preservation of evidence is essential. In a truck accident case, many factors might have contributed to the crash, so the more you can find out about how the truck was being operated at the time, the better chance you’ll have to clearly determine the cause of the accident.

It may come as a surprise to learn that many commercial trucks are now equipped with a device known as an “event data recorder” (EDR), similar to the black boxes found on commercial airplanes. The EDR typically records information about:

  • the rate of speed of the truck, before and at the time of impact;
  • whether the truck driver employed the brakes before or at the time of the crash, which can be an indication of whether the truck driver was distracted at the time of the accident;
  • how much time was spent on the road before the crash, which can indicate whether driver fatigue was a potential cause of the accident; and
  • whether a seatbelt was used or an airbag deployed.

Experienced Baltimore Truck-Accident Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, consistently named a Maryland SuperLawyer, has aggressively fought for the rights of personal injury victims in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland for more than 30 years. He is highly respected by his colleagues in the legal profession, carrying an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Mr. Smith has earned the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), and he has a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney. He also has been honored as a “Top-Rated Lawyer” by The American Lawyer magazine.

Results-Oriented 18-Wheeler-Accident Lawyer in Maryland

If you’re hurt in a Maryland tractor-trailer or big-rig crash, Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Send us an e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s Countyand Montgomery County in Maryland.

ADDRESS :

  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101