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What makes a premises liability claim?

Many in Maryland are aware of the idea of slip-and-fall accidents, which can cause injury to the patron of a business and cause them financial harm as a result of medical bills and lost wages during recovery. Premises liability, or the idea that the person in charge of a space is responsible for what happens in that space, can be far-reaching, but all injuries are not the fault of the owner. As Communities Digital News explains, an injury is not automatically the fault of the business where it occurs.

For an injury like a slip-and-fall to have any merit as a premises liability case, negligence needs to be present. This means that not only is a business responsible for having a safe area for their patrons and workers, they need to have processes to deal with accidents that lead it to be unsafe and they can not knowingly leave unsafe conditions in place. So if you were to slip and injure yourself at a bowling alley, this could be considered the fault of the business if several factors were present.

First, tripping on your own due to no outside factors would not be considered the fault of the bowling alley. On the other hand, if there was a puddle of beer on the floor, there may be a case. If the puddle of beer was marked with a warning sign while someone got towels to sop it up, the court would likely expect you to notice this and take care to avoid it.  In order to prove negligence, you’d need to show that the bowling alley employees knew about the puddle and did nothing, resulting in your fall.

 

 

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