Premises Liability

Wrongful Tree Removal

Maryland cares about trees and the Homeowners who love their trees.

Maryland law permits land owners to recover for trees that were wrongfully taken down or destroyed. If the tree was taken down from a property where the tree had a unique value, the land owner may be able to recover the cost of restoring the property.  

Developer Clears Lot

Developer pays homeowner for clearing trees

In 2011, Bowie tree removal lawyer George Patterson obtained an arbitration award of over $106,000 against a developer based out of Crofton, Maryland. The developer went onto George Patterson’s client’s Bowie property and cleared his wooded lot without written permission to remove the trees. After filing suit, George Patterson found that the developer prepared a site plan with inaccurate topographical studies. This failure placed the developer in a position where they would have to relay an expensive sewer line or regrade a lot owned by George Patterson’s client. The evidence indicated that the developer decided to go onto the Bowie property, it did not own, to regrade that property to prevent water from pooling on the developed land.

Experts can approximate the size of a removed tree based on the diameter of the stump.  

Developer punished for clearing trees

Maryland law permits extra damages to punish wrongful tree removal

Lawyer, George Patterson hired an arborist to offer an opinion as to the cost of planting grown trees to replace the trees that were removed. The retired Prince George’s County judge who heard the case ruled that the developer should pay three times the cost to restore the property, plus legal fees and costs. An award of three times the cost of restoring the property was the maximum amount that the judge could award under Maryland law. The developer argued that the lot that had been purchased for $115,000 a couple of years before the removal of the trees was worth more since it had been regraded and the trees had been removed.

George took our case and brought to a more than satisfactory conclusion, against odds not favoring us. I will hire him again if the need arises.


A Wrongful Tree Removal Client

If trees are wrongfully removed from your property it is important to photograph each stump with a ruler identifying the stump’s diameter and to have an arborist evaluate the lost trees.

Maria Patterson, Wrongful Tree Removal Lawyer

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Our Successes

Patterson Law takes pride with every client that recovers. Recovery is more than the settlements and verdicts obtained for our clients. Each and every one of these clients had been shepherded through a process where powerful insurance companies fought to defeat or minimize their claims. Each result represents a client’s dignity being affirmed.

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The Annapolis and Bowie wrongful tree removal lawyers George and Maria Patterson offer free consultations at our Bowie and Annapolis Offices.  Our Bowie office is located across the street from the Lowe's Home Improvement Store in the Omni Medical Building at 4000 Mitchellville Road, Suite A202, Bowie, Maryland.  Our Annapolis office is located in the Patterson Law Building across the street from the Double T Diner.

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If you or a loved one have been affected by wrongful tree removal, please contact lawyers, George Patterson and Maria Patterson to arrange for a free consultation at their Bowie or Annapolis office. For immediate attention please call 301-888-4878.

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