Maryland has seen some harsh weather recently, and with the cold temperatures comes snow and ice. You have likely found yourself losing your balance on a patch of ice, or tripping over a pile of snow. If so, you know how dangerous these weather conditions can be. Snow & ice accidents are common occurrences in Maryland, so it is important to know what to do in the event that an injury occurs. Read on to learn more about snow & ice accidents.
Who is Responsible for a Snow & Ice Accident?
In Maryland, property owners are legally responsible for clearing their property of snow and ice. This applies to homes, shops, businesses, and municipal buildings. After a snow or rainfall event, property owners have a certain amount of time to clean their properties. Failing to do so can be considered negligent. For example, if you slip on icy stairs walking into a store and become injured, the property owner may be held responsible for your accident.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred to cause your accident. In order to do that, you should take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Make sure to document the hazardous conditions that lead to your accident. Additionally, if anyone saw your accident occur, you should ask for their phone number or email address. They may be able to corroborate your version of events and provide witness testimony. Additionally, it is important to seek medical attention. Even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured, you should go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility right away. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action for your injuries, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years. This means that if you fail to file within three years from the date of the accident, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact a skilled personal injury attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow & ice accident, contact our firm today.
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