When walking anywhere in Maryland, it is important to be careful of the obstacles and hazards that can lead to injury. Pedestrians can sustain major injuries by walking down their own streets. Victims of a slip and fall accident can face lasting injuries, unforeseen future effects, and the financial burden of lost wages, and overwhelming medical bills. In some unfortunate cases, a slip and fall accident is caused by the negligence of another person. In these situations, a court may award you damages based on their negligence.
Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, such as in a friend’s home, in a supermarket, while walking in a parking garage, or on a sidewalk. No matter how safe an environment may seem, any walking surface can actually be filled with hazards if a property owner fails to maintain its safety. Slip and fall accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Inclement weather conditions, such as snow, ice, or standing water
- Uneven pavement and cracked surfaces, including potholes
- Poor lighting
- Faulty stairways
- Debris, oil, tar, sealant, or other hazards
Collecting Evidence in Maryland
Though you were injured on someone’s property, it does not automatically mean they are responsible for your injuries and liable for damages. According to Maryland law, it is up to you to fulfill the burden of proof. You need to establish that a hazard existed, the negligent party knew or should have known it existed, and that the negligent party did nothing to protect you from the hazard. After seeking medical attention for your injuries, you should document your surroundings, and obtain contact information from any witnesses who saw the injury occur. If you are able, be sure to take photos and videos of the hazards that caused you to become injured. When facing hazardous conditions related to weather, you have limited time to collect evidence as that weather condition can change within minutes.
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