Premises Liability in New Jersey Winter Weather

Do Property Owners Have a Duty to Remove Ice and Snow?

Premises Liability in New Jersey Winter WeatherAccording to weather data compiled at the Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, Baltimore gets about 20 inches of snow every year, with most of it falling in January and February. The city has at least an inch of snow on the ground for nearly two weeks every winter (13 days average), and up to 5 inches of accumulation an average of three days each year. That snow can easily turn into ice, and both can pose risks to motorists or pedestrians.

The Duties of Property Owners in Baltimore Winter Weather

In Maryland, residential and commercial property owners must take reasonable steps to minimize the risk of injury to anyone legally visiting their property. There is no requirement that they absolutely prevent the occurrence of any hazardous conditions involving ice or snow. They must, however, reasonably monitor the premises to discover potentially dangerous situations, and must either remedy the problem, warn potential visitors of the danger, or prevent visitors from obtaining access to those areas of the property where the dangers exist. Accordingly, with an accumulation of ice and/or snow, a property owner must do one of the following:

  • Remove the snow or ice
  • Post visible warnings advising potential visitors of the snowy or icy conditions
  • Cordon off areas of the property where snow and/or ice will or have accumulated

Proven Baltimore Personal Injury Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland SuperLawyer, has fought for the rights of injured people in Baltimore and across the state for more than three decades, including people who have been hurt in winter weather accidents. Highly regarded by his colleagues in the legal profession for his skills in the courtroom. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” organization, has named him one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland.

Attorney Smith has long been AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a “Top-Rated Lawyer” by the American Lawyer Magazine. He carries the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), as well as a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Results-Oriented Baltimore County Car Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall or motor vehicle accident caused by snowy or icy conditions on residential or commercial property, we can help. Contact attorney Jonathan Scott Smith by e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is free. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Gathering Evidence in a Maryland Personal Injury Lawsuit

The Tools Your Attorney Will Use to Build Your Case

Gathering Evidence in a Maryland Personal Injury LawsuitWhen you seek damages at trial for a personal injury in Maryland, you must prove to the jury that the facts as you have represented them are supported by hard evidence. That may be done with physical or testimonial support. How does your attorney gather the necessary information to persuade the jury of the merits of your claim?

The Common Tools for Discovery in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

The legal term for the process of collecting evidence is the “discovery” process. In the United States, the principle of “open discovery” applies. All parties have an equal right of access to all relevant evidence. Parties don’t have an affirmative obligation to voluntarily disclose any relevant evidence obtained, but may not intentionally conceal or fail to disclose any evidence requested or sought.

The tools most frequently used to gather evidence are:

  • Depositions—Proceedings where attorneys for all parties may ask questions of a party or witness. Depositions are done outside of the court, with no judge or jury present. A court reporter will typically be there to document all questions and answers in writing. Witnesses usually appear voluntarily, but may be compelled by subpoena, if necessary.
  • Interrogatories—Written questions submitted by one party to another party. The court typically establishes limits on the number of interrogatories permitted.
  • Requests for production—Court orders requiring a party to produce physical evidence for review by opposing counsel

As a part of the discovery process, attorneys may also engage the services of private investigators or expert witnesses. A witness may not be compelled to speak to a P.I., but a party does not need permission from the court to use one.

Experienced Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer

Maryland SuperLawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has fought for the rights of personal injury victims across Baltimore County and throughout the state of Maryland for more than 30 years. Highly respected by his colleagues in the legal profession for his trial advocacy skills, Attorney Smith is AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a “Top-Rated Lawyer” by the American Lawyer Magazine. He has received the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), and carries a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Proven Maryland Accident and Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured because of the careless or wrongful acts of another person, we can help. Contact attorney Jonathan Scott Smith by e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is free. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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