People trip, slip and fall for a variety of reasons, but when these incidents occur at a business or residence in Maryland, the owner may be held financially responsible, as property owners are generally obligated to keep their premises safe. Slip and fall accidents are challenging cases in Maryland, as it is one of only a few jurisdictions that have adopted the theory of contributory negligence in personal injury litigation, including premises liability. This means that if you were found to have played any part whatsoever in why your accident happened, then you would not be able to recover compensation for your losses if you filed a lawsuit.
Despite this strict rule, Whitney, LLP’s trip, slip and fall attorneys have experience recovering compensation for victims of dangerous conditions. If you would like to learn more about your potential to recover compensation for an injury, contact the experienced attorneys at Whitney, LLP by calling us at (401) 583-8000 or by using our online contact form. We handle cases across Maryland, including in Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, Waldorf, and Ellicott City.
We offer Free Legal Consultations, and all attorney’s fees and case expenses are paid out of compensation recovered from the responsible parties.
Information About Premises Liability Claims
If you are injured after slipping, tripping and falling on someone else’s property, then you must prove that the owner knew or should have known about the hazard and did not take any steps to correct it. You must also prove that the owner failed to provide sufficient warnings about the situation.
An example of this involves snow. After a storm, the owner of a retail store must plow the parking lot if there is one and shovel the snow off any walkways that lead to the store. As long as the owner knew that it had snowed or could have reasonably been made aware of the weather condition and did not warn its customers about it, you could seek compensation if it led to your injury. If a warning was provided, however, then you may be out of luck. Failing to repair things that are wearing out or broken can also be the basis for slip and fall claims.
The laws regarding premises liability can be complex. Whitney, LLP has experience resolving these claims for our clients and recovering maximum compensation.
How Do Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries Occur?
There are many causes, and some of the more common ones include: wet floors or other surfaces, flooring that is uneven, crumbling or broken walkways, missing or broken stair steps or handrails, and limited or uneven lighting in common areas. Uneven sidewalks, broken concrete curbs, driveways and stairways. All of these areas are under the control of a property management company or property owner who is responsible for making sure they are maintained in a safe condition that the general public can use without injury.
When you trip on a cart in a convenience store, take a tumble down the stairs or experience your feet slipping out from underneath you in a parking lot or while on a supermarket floor, then you may end up in a great deal of pain. Slips and falls can result in harm that is often long-lasting, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, shoulder issues, torn ligaments, knee problems, and even damage to your brain. Your slip, trip and fall accident attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve after you have been injured.
How Does a Slip and Fall Lawyer Prove Negligence ?
To determine liability in slip and fall accidents, you will need to establish that the property owner owed you a duty of reasonable care but breached that duty. For slip and fall claims, the breach of duty part is usually the failure of the owner to make sure that the property was safe for people who had the right to be there. Along with having confirmation that the responsible party was aware of the danger, a breach of duty may also include situations in which owners should have known about the danger but failed to do so because they neglected to inspect the area.
Common defenses used in a slip and fall lawsuit include the lack of knowledge of the hazard or the inability to remedy it before the plaintiff was injured by it, and this can be difficult to prove. For instance, if there was a small amount of water on the floor that made the area slippery and caused you to fall, then it may be tough to prove how long the water was there. This is why having the assistance of an experienced slip and fall accident attorney can be crucial.
Damages in a Slip, Trip and Fall Case
If your injury claim is successful, you may be entitled to receive damages to cover your past and future medical bills. This may be one of the main factors in determining how much you receive. The responsible party may be required to pay for the amount that your health care providers billed you as well as an additional amount for future treatments. For instance, if your fall requires you to see a chiropractor for a year or more, then you may receive enough compensation to cover that.
You could also receive an amount for pain and suffering. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may experience lasting pain from it. In this case, you would be eligible for compensation to help you deal with the lingering impact of the incident.
Even if your medical bills are relatively low, you may be able to recover significant compensation depending on the pain that resulted from the injury.
Maryland Lawyer for Slip and Fall Claims
You do not have to bear the brunt of the negligence of a property owner. If you are the victim of a slip, trip and fall accident across Maryland, then the experienced attorneys at Whitney, LLP may be able to represent you and determine who is responsible for your injuries and seek compensation for the losses that you have sustained. To request a free consultation, reach out to us online or call us at (410) 583-8000. All attorney’s fees and case expenses are paid out of compensation recovered from the responsible parties.