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Obtaining the Compensation You Deserve After a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious, life-threatening injuries. When they occur on someone else’s property, you might be entitled to compensation from a liable party. Proving liability, however, can be challenging without the help of a highly skilled attorney.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., we help people who have been injured on other people’s property. We fight to obtain compensation for slip and fall accident victims, always working to secure the largest recovery possible. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact our office at (410) 685-2022 for a free consultation.
Proving Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident
Unlike some personal injury cases, it can be difficult to prove liability in slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents are considered premises liability cases and generally require proving that the landlord or property owner was negligent in one way or another. You must also show that that negligence resulted in your injuries.
Because slip and fall accidents can prove complicated, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney as early in the process as possible. A Maryland slip and fall lawyer can help determine whether you have a valid case for damages and who can be held legally responsible for your injuries.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Under most circumstances, a property owner is responsible for keeping their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If they fail to properly maintain their property resulting in someone’s injury or death, they may be held liable for damages. Because there are exceptions, you should always discuss your case with a knowledgeable Maryland slip and fall lawyer before filing any claim.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken handrails or guardrails
- Loose steps or floorboards
- Wet flooring
- Uneven flooring
- Tattered, fraying carpeting
- Defective sidewalks
- Obstructed aisles or walkways
- Insufficient lighting
- Unstable ladders
If the landowner’s act or failure to act resulted in harm to you or your loved one, you might have a valid case. Contact our office today to speak directly with a Maryland slip and fall lawyer. All consultations are free and without obligation to retain our firm.
Slip and Fall Statistics
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people are injured in falls each year.
Facts about slip and fall accidents:
- 1 out of 5 falls results in a serious injury, including broken bones or head injuries.
- Approximately 3 million people 65 and older are treated in emergency departments yearly due to fall-related injuries.
- In excess of 800,000 people each year, are hospitalized because of falls.
- Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Unfortunately, many slip and fall accidents are preventable, caused by negligence or carelessness. It is important if you are injured in a slip and fall accident that you seek medical attention immediately. Failure to get treatment could directly impact your right to compensation and delay your recovery.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, the first thing you should do is get checked out by a medical professional. Even if you are not sure of the severity of your injuries, you should still get seen by a doctor as soon as possible. If you are seriously injured, have someone call 9-1-1 from the scene of the accident.
Physical evidence, such as pictures and videos, may prove critical to your case. If you can, try to take photos on your phone after the accident. Document what caused your accident if it is obvious, and write down the contact information for any eyewitnesses. The more information you can secure, the easier it will be to build a case.
Once you are able, you should speak with a Maryland slip and fall lawyer. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and help determine whether you have a valid case against a liable party.
How Long Do I Have to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
Under Maryland law, you have three (3) years from the date of your accident to bring a cause of action based on personal injury. If you lost a loved one in a slip and fall accident, you have three (3) years from the date of their death to file a claim based on wrongful death.
There are exceptions to the 3-year statute of limitations, including if you are filing a lawsuit or claim against a government entity. The time period to file a claim against a government agency is generally much shorter.
What If I Was Partially Responsible for My Injuries?
Maryland is one of only four states that continues to follow a pure contributory negligence rule. Under this law, you may be denied compensation if you are found to be even 1% at fault for your injuries. Knowing this, insurance companies and liable parties may try hard to put the blame on you for your injuries, resulting in your claim being denied.
Because of this harsh rule, you need an attorney to help you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. You should not make any statements or sign anything regarding your accident until you have consulted with a lawyer.
Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
Were you or a loved one injured in a slip and fall accident? Contact our office at (410) 685-2022 to schedule a free consultation. Our firm has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Call now to get the recovery you deserve.