Baltimore Slip and Fall Lawyers

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Slip and fall accidents are not particular to any age group, occupation, or setting: they can strike any person, at any time, in any place. As a result, slip and fall claims are among the most common premises liability claims filed by personal injury victims. If you were seriously injured after falling on someone else’s property, or if one of your loved ones became a wrongful death victim after an accidental fall, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, and lost income resulting from time taken off work.

The aggressive premises liability attorneys of Whitney, LLP can help. We have years of experience handling numerous slip and fall claims in a variety of commercial and residential settings, and have achieved favorable outcomes for many of our clients. We are prepared to work on cases arising throughout Maryland, including but not limited to Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Howard County, and more.

The aggressive premises liability attorneys of Whitney, LLP can help. We have years of experience handling numerous slip and fall claims in a variety of commercial and residential settings, and have achieved favorable outcomes for many of our clients. We are prepared to work on cases arising throughout Maryland, including but not limited to Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Howard County, and more.

Don’t worry if you have lots of questions, or aren’t quite sure whether you have a claim. We understand that you’re probably feeling confused and overwhelmed at this point in time. Our attorneys are here to help you understand your rights and advise you with regard to your legal recourse. To set up a free and confidential legal consultation, call our law offices today at (410) 583-8000.

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What Causes Slip and fall Accidents?

Certain types of accidents and injuries, such as wrongful birth or summer camp injuries, occur only under a very specific set of circumstances. By comparison, slip and fall accidents can affect anyone and occur anywhere, and moreover can be caused by a wide variety of structural defects and environmental conditions.

When a property owner is aware that a hazard exists or is developing anywhere on his or her premises, including both the interior of the structure as well as its surrounding grounds and land, the property owner is obligated to take all reasonable steps to promptly correct the hazard. If the hazard cannot be corrected in a timely manner, it must be cordoned off or otherwise indicated with prominent warning notices. In many cases, slip and falls are the direct result of negligent property owners failing to take appropriate measures to repair or isolate damaged areas of their properties.

Some common property maintenance issues which can cause accidental falls to occur include:

Icy or sleet-covered sidewalks (during the winter months).
Insufficient lighting.
This is an especially large problem in parking garages, which are dim even during daylight hours.
Leaks or wet patches, which are especially dangerous around pools, spas, and other areas which are constantly damp or exposed to water.
Loose or broken floorboards.
Loose or damaged carpeting which pulls away from the floor.
Loose or unsecured wires and cables.
Unless they have been tightly secured, loose cords can create a dangerous tripping hazard in hallways, office settings, and beneath desks.
Wobbly or damaged railings, which can unexpectedly collapse when an unknowing victim places his or her weight on the railing for support.

Falls, TBI, and Older Adults: Common Injuries

While fall accidents can affect anyone, elderly individuals are at an elevated risk of sustaining fall-related injuries due to factors associated with aging, such as decreased mobility, decreased balance, and decreased bone density.

Accidental falls can cause a variety of other serious injuries, regardless of the victim’s age group, with some common examples including but not limited to:

  • Bone Fractures
  • Broken Noses
  • Facial Disfigurement and Lacerations
  • Hand Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Hip Fractures
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Neck Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Wrist Injuries

TBI is of particular concern with regard to slip and fall. According to recent data from the CDC, falls are the number one leading cause of TBI, accounting for over 40% of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States between 2006 and 2010.

While TBI manifests differently from one person to the next, the effects are often permanent and debilitating, and may include:

  • Chronic migraines and chronic pain.
  • Difficulty regulating temperature and/or perceiving pain or pressure.
  • Difficulty speaking, learning, memorizing, and processing information.
  • Intellectual disability.
  • Loss of fine motor control (e.g. using a pen, turning a doorknob, washing dishes).
  • Paralysis, which may be limited (e.g. paraplegia, monoplegia) or affect the entire body (i.e. quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia).
  • Slurred speech.
  • Urinary and/or fecal incontinence.

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Deadlines for Plaintiffs: The Statute of Limitations

Certain types of accidents and injuries, such as wrongful birth or summer camp injuries, occur only under a very specific set of circumstances. By comparison, slip and fall accidents can affect anyone and occur anywhere, and moreover can be caused by a wide variety of structural defects and environmental conditions.

When a property owner is aware that a hazard exists or is developing anywhere on his or her premises, including both the interior of the structure as well as its surrounding grounds and land, the property owner is obligated to take all reasonable steps to promptly correct the hazard. If the hazard cannot be corrected in a timely manner, it must be cordoned off or otherwise indicated with prominent warning notices. In many cases, slip and falls are the direct result of negligent property owners failing to take appropriate measures to repair or isolate damaged areas of their properties.

Some common property maintenance issues which can cause accidental falls to occur include:

Icy or sleet-covered sidewalks (during the winter months).
Insufficient lighting.
This is an especially large problem in parking garages, which are dim even during daylight hours.
Leaks or wet patches, which are especially dangerous around pools, spas, and other areas which are constantly damp or exposed to water.
Loose or broken floorboards.
Loose or damaged carpeting which pulls away from the floor.
Loose or unsecured wires and cables.
Unless they have been tightly secured, loose cords can create a dangerous tripping hazard in hallways, office settings, and beneath desks.
Wobbly or damaged railings, which can unexpectedly collapse when an unknowing victim places his or her weight on the railing for support.