Under Maryland law, when you go onto someone’s property, you may be owed a duty to reasonably protect your safety. For instance, any hazards that could cause a slip\-and\-fall accident that the owner knows about, or should reasonably know about, must be fixed or removed. If you do suffer an injury due to a property owner’s negligence or failure to correct dangerous conditions, one of the first questions that may be asked is whether a duty was owed to you.
People who go onto someone’s property generally fall into one of three categories: invitee, licensee and trespasser. Depending on your status, you may be able to pursue restitution for any injuries you suffer on the property. As the name implies, invitees are those who have a business reason for being on the property such as shopping or applying for a job. Property owners owe the highest standard of care to those who fit into this category.