As experienced slip and fall attorneys, we have seen our fair share of serious injuries. They are quite serious and can leave a victim with injuries that seriously impact the rest of his or her life. These accidents may result in injuries such as concussions, broken bones, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, and more. The impacts that a slip and fall victim faces do not stop there. They also often face significant financial and emotional burdens on top of their physical impairments. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, even in places that seem very safe. If you have been seriously injured because a property owner failed to remedy a dangerous condition, you may have a case. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to learn how we can help.
The Burden of Proof
One of the important factors of any injury case is fulfilling the burden of proof. This simply means that the victim must prove that the property owner’s negligence resulted in their accident in order to be eligible to recover damages. Of course, proving negligence isn’t always easy. However, it can be done with the help of a police report, surveillance footage, witness statements, and photos of the accident. It is also essential to obtain immediate medical attention to start the documentation of any injuries as soon as possible. If you have been seriously injured and intend to take legal action, you may be eligible for compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, loss of independence, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
Snow and Ice Accidents
Winter weather conditions can pose a serious threat to pedestrians. It is a property owner’s responsibility to clear any snow or ice from driveways, stairways, and walkways within the grace period that is allotted by their municipality. If a property owner fails to do so and someone becomes seriously injured, they may have a personal injury case. It is important to note that if you were injured on snow or ice before the grace period ended, you may not be eligible for compensation because you took the risk of being present before dangerous conditions could be cleared.
Although sidewalks generally seem safe, they are actually one of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents in Maryland. When property owners fail to maintain their sidewalks, innocent pedestrians can become seriously injured. Of course, if you have been injured in a sidewalk accident and are trying to take action against the property owner, you will have the challenge of determining who the sidewalk’s owner actually is. In many cases, the owner of the property adjacent to the sidewalk is responsible for taking care of it. Sometimes, this may be a private citizen, a company, or even a municipality. Common causes of sidewalk accidents include uneven pavement, standing water, snow or ice, or debris that has not been removed.
Every year, thousands of people stay in hotels throughout the state of Maryland. In most situations, the hotel is perfectly safe and a person will have no issues with his or her stay. However, a hotel is usually a massive property that requires a lot of attention. If hotel staff fails to ensure that there are no hazards throughout the property, a guest can become seriously injured. The parts of a hotel that must be maintained in order to avoid an accident include pools, stairwells, gyms, elevators, escalators, parking garages, and more. If you have been seriously injured at a hotel, be sure to consider your legal options as you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Parking Lot Accidents
Parking lots are a part of everyday life here in Maryland that most people don’t put much thought into. When a parking lot is poorly maintained by its owner, people can become seriously injured by snow and ice, poor lighting, inadequate security, loose debris, potholes, uneven pavement, and other hazards that may be present. Being injured in a parking lot can have significant consequences for years down the road. If you have been seriously injured in a parking lot accident, it is important to speak with an effective attorney that can help you obtain proof that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the dangerous conditions and failed to remedy them in a timely manner.
Going to the supermarket is usually a very ordinary and uneventful task. However, slip and fall accidents happen more often than we may realize in these settings. With so much for the staff to keep an eye on and so many chances for objects to spill or fall, they may not have the chance to clean up a hazard before it is too late and someone becomes injured. If you have been seriously injured in a supermarket, it is important that you inform the manager immediately and obtain medical attention to document your injuries. These steps can be critical in pursuing a case if you choose to do so in the future.
Contact Our Firm
If you have been seriously injured because of a property owner’s negligence, it is important to consider your legal options. The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz have effectively represented victims of slip and fall accidents for decades. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, we will focus on recovering compensation on your behalf. Let us help you hold the negligent party accountable for the burdens you are facing. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today.