If you are injured in a slip and fall injury, others may try and blame you for the accident and deny responsibility for their role in the accident. Thousands of people are injured in slip and fall accidents every year, resulting in painful injuries and expensive medical bills. Many of those injured blame themselves for the fall, while the property owner responsible for causing the accident avoids responsibility. It is important that anyone injured in a slip and fall holds the responsible person accountable so that other people don't continue to suffer from similar accidents.
Any number of dangerous conditions could lead to a slip and fall injury. Some of the most common conditions include uneven pavement, ice build-up, unsalted sidewalks, potholes, wet floors, food spills, liquid spills, ripped carpets, and lose flooring. Any of these conditions can cause someone to slip and fall, resulting in a serious injury.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Injuries after a slip and fall accident can range from minor to severe. Some accidents may result in little more than a scraped knee, and require no medical attention. However, other injuries could include serious neck or back injuries, traumatic brain injury, broken bones. In some cases, slip and fall accidents can be fatal.
Elderly adults and children may be more prone to serious injury after a slip and fall accident. Falls are one of the primary causes of traumatic brain injury in adults aged 65 and older, and a leading cause of head injury for children under 15. A serious head, neck, or back injury can require extensive medical care. It could involve surgery, physical therapy, and even require lifelong care.
Slip and Fall Personal Injury Lawsuits
Many slip and fall injuries are caused by some dangerous condition on the property. If people are not warned about dangerous conditions or the property owner doesn't take steps to correct any issues, they may be responsible for the resulting injuries. For example, if an apartment complex regularly lets ice build up after a storm, and does nothing to fix the problem, they may be responsible if a resident or visitor slips and injures themselves on the ice.
Another example could be a spill in a grocery store. If the store managers are aware, or should be aware, that a spill has occurred, they should clean up the spill, or at least warn people of the slippery surface as soon as possible. If they do not fix the issue, the store may be responsible if a shopper slips on the wet floor and is injured.
When another party is potentially liable for the victim's injuries, the injured party can file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. They can seek damages related to their injuries, including medical bills, lost wages, and any pain they suffered. An experienced Maryland personal injury attorney will be able to help you file a personal injury claim, so you don't have to suffer because of someone else's negligence.
Slip and Fall Accidents on Government Property
Many slip and fall injuries occur on government property. This could be inside a state government office, on public transportation, or other city property. While it may seem like there should be no difference between filing a claim against a negligent store owner and a negligent city employee, these cases must be handled differently. Under Maryland state law, there are filing requirements before you can seek damages for your injuries.
In most cases, there is a one-year time limit to file a claim against the state or local government. A claim letter must be received by the government within one year after the injury, including the identity of the parties involved, nature of the claim, date and location of the injury, and specific damages. If you fail to file your claim in time, your claim may be denied. It is important to talk to your attorney as soon as possible after a slip and fall injury, to make sure you don't lose out on your claim for compensation.
Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys
If you were injured after slipping and falling, you may have a claim against the negligent property owner. The law firm of Gilman & Bedigian can help you and your family file a personal injury claim to recover damages for your injury. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with slip and fall injury cases throughout Maryland. We will fight for your rights to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.