From time to time, Maryland residents may find themselves on property where the conditions are less than ideal. Conditions such as wet floors, poorly lit stairwells or walkways, building structural issues and broken railings are just a few concerns. There are numerous circumstances that could result in injury if property grounds are not properly taken care of or if adequate warning signs are not posted. Dangerous property conditions exist in a wide variety of places, and when someone does get hurt, they may have questions about who may be liable for their injuries.
One of the problems with a wet floor is that the water is both slippery and very hard to see. Many people suffer injuries when they unexpectedly slide through a puddle on a smooth floor and fall to the ground. Indeed, it is up to a property owner to inspect floors to make sure that no water has spilled, to wipe up wet areas immediately, and to mark recently cleaned floors with a large and obvious sign warning guests to step carefully. Visitors to a commercial business can be hurt in a slip-and-fall accident when owners do not take these critical steps.
For people of all ages, one of the highlights of summer is visiting Maryland's Six Flags Amusement Park to ride the roller coasters and enjoy the water attractions. Visitors line up each day to experience the thrill rides which take park-goers at dashingly fast speeds up and over loop-the-loops and around hair raising curves. Amusement parks are supposed to be safe and routinely inspected by owners who do not wish to risk a lawsuit based on premises liability; attendees can enjoy all the excitement with no risk of injury. But is that always true?
Premises liability claims are designed to compensate people when they get hurt due to a property owner’s negligence. For instance, an injured person can file a premises liability lawsuit against a Baltimore area business if icy sidewalks or inadequate lighting cause a slip-and-fall accident. A grocery store or shopping mall owner who fails to set out signage warning of wet floors could be held responsible for resulting injuries to its patrons.