There are many people in the state of Maryland who walk to get to where they need to be. When they do, they usually do not consider the idea that they will be involved in an accident. However, it is possible if the grounds of a property are not maintained to the rightful standard. This may happen if the property owner does not do their job in taking care of it. When this happens, the ground can become hazardous and cause injuries. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Maryland slip and fall attorney for assistance in recovering compensation.
What are Examples of Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents can occur in many different locations throughout Maryland. This can include sidewalks, parking lots, streets, etc. These accidents may happen in the event of the following:
- Hazardous sidewalks
- Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
- Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
- Loose debris
- Hazardous materials
- Slippery substances
Who is Liable for an Accident?
Maryland property owners have a legal obligation to make sure the grounds they own are safe for other people to walk on. This is to ensure they cannot become injured as a result of present hazards. All private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties are required to fulfill this duty. This includes taking care of the sidewalk that is adjacent to their property to make sure it does not become dangerous to the public. This may be the case in the event of inclement weather such as snow or ice. In Maryland, property owners have a certain amount of time from the end of a snowfall to clean up, otherwise they can be held liable for an accident that occurs as a result.
How do I Prove Negligence?
When a slip and fall accident happens, injured parties are able to pursue legal action. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim in which they are required to prove negligence took place and caused their injuries. This can be done by gathering evidence that shows the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about the dangers that caused the accident and failed to fix it. Evidence that can be beneficial for a case can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any witnesses to the incident, and more.
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If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Ruben Law Firm today.