There are many people in the state of Maryland who walk on a daily basis. This may be for transportation, leisure, or exercise. In doing so, people do not often consider that they can be harmed or involved in an accident. It is possible, however, to sustain a serious injury in the event that certain properties are not maintained. Individuals who are injured at the expense of a property owner’s negligence should retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for assistance in recovering compensation.
Examples of Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen in several different locations, such as sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and more. This can happen due to the following conditions:
- Damaged sidewalks
- Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
- Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
- Loose debris
- Hazardous materials
- Slippery substances
Who is Liable?
All property owners in Maryland are legally obligated to take care of their grounds in order to ensure others cannot become harmed as a result of hazardous conditions. This is required of all private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. Property owners are also responsible for the sidewalk that is adjacent to their grounds, requiring them to clean the sidewalk after poor weather conditions. It is important to know that Maryland only gives property owners a certain amount of time to do so, otherwise, they may be liable for an injury as a result.
Individuals who sustain harm at the expense of another party may wish to pursue legal action against them for any damages incurred as a result. This can be done by filing a personal claim in which the injured party must prove negligence in order to be successful. This can be done by gathering evidence that shows the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about the hazard that caused the injuries. Evidence that can be helpful in court can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the hazard, any witnesses to the incident, and more. If the injured party successfully wins their case, they may be able to recover compensation for physical, emotional, and financial damages due to the accident.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime or have been injured by the negligence of another party. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.