There are many steps involved in pursuing a personal injury claim. And an additional step you may have to consider is filing a Notice of Claim. Follow along to find out what types of accidents require a Notice of Claim and how one of the proficient Howard County slip and fall attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can help you work on this.
What types of slip and fall accidents call for a Notice of Claim?
For your personal injury claim, you must identify the negligent party who was responsible for your slip and fall accident. And if you come to the conclusion that this negligent party was a state, county, or city-owned entity, or one of its employees, then you must first file a Notice of Claim. This notice is intended to inform the government entity that you are seeking financial compensation for the injuries and damages that you incurred.
With that being said, below are examples of slip and fall accidents that may call for a Notice of Claim:
- You slipped and fell as a passenger on a bus owned by the Maryland Transit Administration (i.e., faulty handrails, spilled liquids, etc).
- You slipped and fell as a pedestrian on a state, county, or city-owned sidewalk (i.e., cracked pavement, uncleared ice, etc).
- You slipped and fell as a pedestrian on a state, county, or city-owned crosswalk (i.e., faulty traffic lights, potholes, etc).
- You slipped and fell as a visitor of a state, county, or city-owned building (i.e., uneven floors, faulty elevators, etc).
What deadlines should I be aware of for my claim?
Importantly, there is only a certain amount of time you are allotted for filing your Notice of Claim. That is, you must file this claim within 180 days, or generally six months, from the date of your slip and fall accident.
The deadline for your Notice of Claim is separate from that of your personal injury claim. That is, the statute of limitations in the state of Maryland for this claim is generally three years from the date of your slip and fall accident.
As you may likely presume, these deadlines are taken seriously. If you miss either of these deadlines by as little as one day, you may be permanently barred from an opportunity to sue. This means that you may miss out on your chance to receive the financial compensation that you direly require to heal from your injuries and damages. And, you may miss out on the possibility of achieving justice over the negligent party.
All in all, meeting these deadlines may be made easier with sound legal advisement from a talented Howard County personal injury attorney. Contact our firm as soon as you possibly can.