Tasks as simple as going up or down the stairs can be incredibly dangerous when property owners act negligently. Read on to learn more about stairwell accidents in Maryland and what you should do if an injury occurs.
How do Stairwell Accidents Occur?
Stairwell accidents can occur for any number of reasons. But, if a property owner does not keep the premises maintained, serious accidents can occur. Many of these accidents are due to:
- Uneven spacing between steps
- Insufficiently lit stairwells
- Damaged stairs
- Defective or broken railings
- Lack of security
Am I Eligible to Recover Compensation for a Maryland Stairwell Accident?
If you are injured in a stairwell accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, you will have to be able to prove that your accident was a result of negligence. For example, you may have to prove that the property owner knew that there was a hazard and did not fix it, leading to your accident, or that the property owner should have reasonably known about the hazard. In order to prove this, there are some important steps to take at the scene of the accident. After a stairwell accident, you should be sure to call 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene and file an accident claim. While waiting for the ambulance, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Additionally, if anyone saw your accident occur, you should ask for their name and contact information- they may be able to corroborate your version of events. When it comes to getting medical attention, do not hesitate. Going to the hospital can help provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
In order to take legal action for a stairwell accident, you will have to make sure to file your personal injury claim on time. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years. Unfortunately, failing to file within three years from the date of your accident will mean losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal.
To avoid missing any important deadlines, reach out to our firm to speak with our team of experienced and dedicated attorneys.
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If you or a family member have been injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.