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Posted On 03.05.15 by in Personal Injury
Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence all over the country. If a person trips, falls, or is in any other way hurt on another person’s property, that’s considered a slip and fall accident. Depending on the circumstances, the victim may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the accident. For instance, a person might be injured in someone’s home, if the owner is not taking proper care of his or her property, causing dangerous conditions. Slip and fall accidents can occur on private property, like a home, or on public property, like a public park.
Slip and fall accident claims and lawsuits are difficult to win in the state of Maryland. Before filing a claim, the victim should contact an experienced attorney and gather enough information to determine whether the case is worth pursuing or not. It is important for the accident victim to have as many facts and as much proof as possible when filing this type of personal injury claim.
Evidence in these cases is hard to find, since properties can be changed quickly. The first step in a slip and fall accident claim is to run an investigation of the accident before the property changes.
In all cases, the victim will have to prove that the property owner was aware of the dangerous conditions that resulted in the slip and fall accident, and that he or she did not take care in removing that dangerous condition. Slip and falls may also occur due to poor construction, faulty stairs, lack of signage, etc. Another possible scenario is if the owner did not know of the dangerous condition because he or she did not monitor his or her property properly.
For example, if a person trips on the grass at a bed and breakfast due to a large log hidden in the grass from a previous storm, the victim may claim that the B&B owner did not detect that situation for a long time and should have taken timely measures to remove the log from the lawn. Compensation might be awarded to a victim in these types of cases. Another example of a slip and fall accident due to a lack of property monitoring on the part of the owner would be if someone falls on slippery floors because there was no ‘wet floor’ sign.
Slip and fall accidents are common in public locations with lots of incoming and outgoing traffic, such as shopping malls, retail stores, grocery stores, hair salons, and similar places. Anyone owning a business needs to consistently care and monitor the place to guarantee the safety of the visitors. Otherwise, they may be held accountable for slip and fall incidents that happen on their premises. If a person can claim an injury was caused due to the negligence or lack of care on the part of a property owner, he or she may get compensated for the damages the injury caused.
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