Slip and fall accidents can permanently injure you, causing debilitating injuries that threaten your life and livelihood. But you have legal rights that may entitle you to financial compensation for the losses you suffered.
A personal injury attorney in Cecil County, MD, at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, can help you understand your rights and explain the facets of your case. You can learn more about your options and our services during a free consultation today.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
A slip and fall (or trip and fall) is a type of premises liability case. Premise liability is a subset of personal injury law. It allows an injured person to hold the property owner accountable if dangerous or faulty conditions on the owner’s property caused their injuries. Fall accidents happen for many reasons, including:
- Slippery floors
- Torn, frayed, or unsecured carpeting
- Damaged, loose, or unsafe stairs
- Falling merchandise or debris
- Poorly lit areas
- Uneven flooring
- Loose or missing handrails
- Weather hazards, such as ice and snow
- Poorly maintained sidewalks
- Dangerous construction site conditions
For legal consultation with a slip and fall accident attorney in Cecil County, call (410)777-8960
You Could Recover Damages in a Cecil County, MD, Slip and Fall Case
Your injuries may have left you with financial, psychological, or emotional losses. Our personal injury attorneys will build a case that aims to fully compensate you and your family for the losses you have experienced. The monetary settlement or judgment you receive depends on your case’s details. Damages you might be able to claim include:
- Lost wages and earning ability
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Future medical care
If a slip and fall accident causes a wrongful death, the victim’s family may be able to claim:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Loss of victim’s income
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Other end-of-life expenses
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Seeing a Doctor After Your Injury Could Help Your Case
While you may feel embarrassed after suffering a slip and fall, you should never brush it off. These accidents account for 800,000 hospital visits a year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many are from head injuries. Serious injuries can occur, robbing you and your family of quality of life. Common fall-related injuries include:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Injured tailbone
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Muscle, ligament, tendon injuries (sprains, strains, and tears)
- Dislocated joints
It’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as you notice any pain or injury symptoms. Your health is a priority. For personal injuries, our premises liability lawyer can recommend a list of highly qualified medical providers. Seeing a doctor is also a key element of documenting and proving your injury in your case.
Who Pays for My Slip and Fall Accident?
Several factors can determine who is liable for the losses and injuries you suffered in a slip and fall.
The Property Owner Has a Duty to Keep You Safe
Because slip and falls are premise liability cases, fault generally falls on the property owner for negligence regarding the site’s maintenance. However, you don’t want to jump ahead of yourself. Just because you suffered an injury on someone else’s property does not mean they were negligent. You and your lawyer will need to prove four things to establish negligence in your case:
- The property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe condition that led to your fall.
- The owner failed to keep their property reasonably safe.
- You had a lawful reason to be on the premises.
- The unsafe condition was not clearly obvious, which prevented you from noticing it yourself.
You Could be Responsible for Paying Your Damages
If the other party can prove you were at least partially responsible for the slip and fall, you will not be eligible to receive financial compensation. Maryland recognizes something called “contributory negligence” in personal injury cases. Our lawyer can explain this to you and how it may relate to your specific case.
Accidents on Rented Property That a Tenant Controls
If the accident occurs in a rental tenant’s home, they may be liable if the home is dangerous or defective due to their negligence. Under these circumstances, the tenant is equal to the property owner since they are leasing the home to live in and, therefore, have control over the premises.
Our MD Accident Law Team Will Fight Insurance Companies That Don’t Want to Pay
If the property owner is financially responsible, it is likely their insurance company will compensate you. They may offer you a low settlement early on before you’ve spoken to an attorney. That’s why it’s important that you know your legal rights and don’t accept any settlement until you are sure you are not accepting an offer that’s lower than the compensation you could recover.
You Have Limited Time to Seek Legal Action in a MD Slip and Fall
The statute of limitations for a civil action in Maryland is three years from the date it occurred, per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101 and three years from the date of death in the case of a wrongful death claim under Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-904.
If you can’t settle your case with an insurance company, and you decide to sue the liable party, you must do so within the deadline. Otherwise, you could lose your opportunity to recover compensation. Your attorney will make sure to keep your case on track and file it within the allotted time frame.
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The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow Offers Client-Focused Legal Service
Our team will fight for what you and your family deserve. Let us handle the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing. Our client-centric approach puts your needs, rights, and interests first.
Contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow at (410) 777-8960 for a free one-on-one case review. With our round-the-clock accessibility, you can also email, text, or live chat with us today.