SLIP AND FALL
When you’ve been hurt on another person’s property, it can be unclear who is responsible for the injuries you’ve suffered and who should pay the medical expenses you’ve incurred. At Francomano & Francomano, we know you have many questions after a slip and fall accident, and we are here to answer them for you.
PROVING MARYLAND SLIP AND FALL INJURIES
According to the National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents are the single largest cause of emergency room visits. When it comes to slip and fall accidents, we must prove the owner of the property was negligent. In order to build a strong case, we must show that the following occurred:
- The condition of the property was dangerous
- The owner knew, or should have known, about the property’s condition
- The owner had a reasonable amount of time to fix the condition of the property
CAUSES OF SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS
Most slip and fall accidents occur in a business setting. These events fall under the category of premise liability because they are generally caused by the business or property owner not adequately maintaining the area where the event occurred.
- Damaged walkways, driveways, or paths leading to the business. This includes sidewalks that have shifted and potholes in any of these areas.
- Unmarked danger zones. This includes failing to post wet floor signs, notifying the public of uneven pavement or flooring, or other dangerous areas to walk in.
- Stairways that have not been properly maintained. This includes missing or broken handrails and failure to put slip-resistant coverings on the stairs.
- Inadequate of missing lighting in walk areas and stairwells.
- Failure to remove snow and ice and treat ground accordingly to prevent it from becoming slippery once the snow and ice is removed.
- Failure to keep walkways free from debris or clutter making it difficult to maneuver.
EXAMPLES OF SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS
- Falling in a store in a puddle of water caused by an employee mopping the floor is an example of a dangerous condition created/caused by the property owner or other person in control of the store.
- Falling on a broken bottle of mayonnaise for example on the floor by the cashier at a grocery store is an example of a dangerous condition that should have been known by the property owner or other person in control of the store.
- A dangerous condition on a sidewalk which causes a fall may also support a claim. If you fall or slip due to a dangerous condition on a sidewalk (snow, ice, hole, broken cement, etc.) take pictures, if possible, report the fall to the owner of the property or other person in charge of the property adjacent to the sidewalk, record witness names and call for an ambulance if you are injured.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT
If you have a slip and fall inside or outside a store, immediately take pictures of the condition which caused the fall, record witness names, and then report the accident to a store manager and make sure you get the manager's name and a copy of an incident report and call for an ambulance if you are injured.
PROVING THE CASE
At Francomano & Francomano we know that proving negligence can be difficult for slip and fall accidents, but we also know that we have the knowledge and resources to help. We have what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.