Many people assume that trespassers cannot sue property owners for injuries sustained while trespassing. In many cases, this is true, however, you may be surprised to learn that in certain situations, trespassers may have the right to file premises liability claims against negligent property owners. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about under what circumstances a trespasser may have a right to file a premises liability claim. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are some cases where a trespasser may have a right to file a premises liability claim?
Perhaps surprisingly, there are various circumstances wherein a trespasser may sue a property owner for a wrongfully-sustained injury. For example, if the trespasser can prove that the property owner knew he or she was on the property while also knowing that there are certain safety hazards on the property and failed to warn the trespasser of those hazards, causing the trespasser to sustain a serious injury as a result, the trespasser may hold the property owner liable. In other cases, if the trespasser can prove that the property used unnecessary or excessive force to handle the situation (e.g. a firearm), and the trespasser posed no real threat to the property owner, he/she may have a claim. Additionally, if a property owner has a vicious dog and does not have signs posted warning individuals of the dog and a trespasser is attacked, that trespasser may also have a claim. If you believe you are a victim of negligence, regardless of whether you were trespassing, you should speak with our Maryland personal injury attorneys at once.
How long can someone wait to file a premises liability claim in Maryland?
Every state has a statute of limitations in place when it comes to premises liability claims. The statute of limitations is the timeframe you will have from the date of your injury to take legal action against the liable party. The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Maryland is, in most cases, three years. Do not wait any longer than three years from the date of the incident to sue, for if you do, you will most likely be permanently barred from doing so. Do not delay–speak with our firm today.
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If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.