Maryland Slip and Fall Attorneys Working Hard to Get You Compensation
Slipping and falling may not seem like a major concern for many people, but it can often result in severe and devastating injuries for certain individuals, especially the elderly. These types of accidents can cause many different types of injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, severe bruising, and cuts and scrapes. In some cases, slipping and falling can render the victim immobilized for a period of time, which can result in even more severe injury. Below, we will cover the basics of slip and fall accidents. For more information about any topic herein, please contact a slip and fall lawyer.
Common Slip and Fall Scenarios
All trip and fall accidents occur more or less in the same way — something (an environmental condition, an object, etc.), comes between the victim’s feet and the ground or floor, which causes them to lose balance and fall. But there are many different ways this can occur. Some of the most common include:
- Poor lighting
- Bright lighting that causes glares
- Trash and debris on the floor
- Transitions from one type of flooring to another
- Open desk drawers
- Cords running across walkways
- Slippery substances covering the floor or ground (e.g., water, ice, grease)
- Uneven flooring surfaces
- Potholes in parking lots
- Stairways without railings
- Unsecured ladders
Some of these conditions are more prevalent at certain times and places than others. For example, the threat of slipping and falling on ice is much higher in the winter than at other times of the year. Likewise, the threat of slipping and falling on a freshly-mopped floor is greater in commercial establishments than in one’s own home.
An Intro to Premises Liability in Maryland
Legal liability for injuries caused by slips and falls is rooted in the law of negligence. Generally, all landowners owe visitors upon their property a duty of care to keep them safe from injury. However, the specific duty the landowner owes depends upon which type of visitor the victim is. In Maryland, visitors onto the property of another are split into three main categories:
- Invitees: Individuals invited onto the property either explicitly or impliedly for business purposes (e.g., maintenance workers and retail customers)
- Licensees: Individuals who have permission to be on the property for non-business purposes (e.g., social guests)
- Trespassers: Individuals who are present on the property unlawfully and without permission of the owner
To invitees, property owners owe a duty to inspect their premises and make them safe and to warn them of the existence of any hazards on the property. To licensees, property owners owe a duty to use reasonable care to keep the premises safe and to warn them of any known dangers the licensee could not discover on his or her own. To trespassers, property owners merely must refrain from causing intentional harm.
Let a Maryland Slip and Fall Attorney Help You Resolve Your Case
If you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to recovery through a personal injury action. For more information about slip and fall claims, please contact a Maryland slip and fall lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles by calling 301-705-5006 or filling out our online form. Our comprehensive personal injury law firm has main offices in Waldorf, Laurel and Leornardtown.