When you are welcome to enter someone else’s premises, you should not have to worry about whether you will be safe when doing so. More specifically, you should not have to worry about getting injured in a slip and fall accident. Read on to discover where slip and fall accidents commonly occur and how one of the seasoned Howard County slip and fall accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can help you in this situation.
Where do slip and fall accidents commonly occur in the state of Maryland?
First of all, property owners are responsible for guaranteeing that their premises are clear of any potential dangers. So when they fail to meet this responsibility, a visitor, such as yourself, is likely to be made a victim of a slip and fall accident.
With that being said, slip and fall accidents can occur just about anywhere, and in any manner. Examples are as follows:
- Parking lot slip and falls:
- Snow or ice left uncleared.
- Debris left uncleared.
- Potholes or uneven surfaces left unfixed.
- Supermarket slip and falls:
- Spilled liquids left uncleared.
- Loose produce left unfixed.
- Falling products.
- Hotel slip and falls:
- Faulty elevators.
- Faulty escalators.
- Unsafe stairways.
What damages can I recover from my slip and fall claim?
If you have experienced a slip and fall accident, you may be able to hold the negligent property owner accountable via a premises liability claim. On top of this, if your claim is successful, you may be able to recover the damages you incurred from your accident. Such damages may be economic or non-economic in nature, or both, and they may include the following:
- Economic damages:
- The cost of your medical bills (i.e., surgeries, rehabilitation treatments, medications, handicap equipment, etc).
- The cost of your lost wages (i.e., inability to return to work, inability to work in the same field, etc).
- The economic value of domestic services (i.e., shopping, cleaning, driving, etc).
- Non-economic damages:
- Your physical and mental pain and suffering.
- Your emotional distress.
- Your loss of consortium.
- Your diminished quality of life.
- Any other inconvenience.
What is the statute of limitations for my claim?
The state of Maryland has something that is called a statute of limitations. Essentially, this is an established deadline for when you are allowed to bring your claim forward. For premises liability claims, this deadline is generally three years from the date of a slip and fall accident. Failure to bring a claim forward in time ultimately bars you from suing and recovering their damages.
So, to avoid having this happen to you, retain the services of a competent Howard County personal injury attorney as immediately as possible.