Many people in the state of Maryland can be found walking on a daily basis. This may be as a means of transportation, leisure, or exercise. While getting out to walk, people rarely ever consider the idea that they can be harmed in doing so. However, it is possible for someone to become seriously injured in the event that a property is not maintained. Those who are injured should retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for help recovering compensation after the accident.
Examples of Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen in various locations such as sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and more. This may be the result of the following conditions:
- Damaged sidewalks
- Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
- Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
- Loose debris
- Hazardous materials
- Slippery substances
Who is Liable?
In Maryland, property owners are legally required to take care of their grounds. This ensures others cannot become harmed as a result of hazardous conditions. This obligation is the same for private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. Property owners are also responsible for the sidewalk that is adjacent to their grounds. This gives them the job of cleaning the sidewalk after poor weather conditions occur, including snow and ice. In Maryland, property owners only have a certain amount of time to accomplish this. That is because if an accident happens outside this window of time, they may be liable for an injury that happens as a result. However if the injury occurs within that time, injured parties may not have a successful case as it was a risk to walk during that time.
When a person is injured at the expense of another party, they may want to pursue legal action against the negligent party. This can be done by filing a personal claim. It is important to know that, during this time, the injured party is tasked with the job of proving negligence in order to be successful. This can be done with evidence that shows the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard that caused the accident to happen. Helpful evidence can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the hazard, any witnesses to the incident, and more. If they are successful, the individual may recover compensation for physical, emotional, and financial damages incurred as a result of the accident.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you love was injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an experienced attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.