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What Do You Want To Know About Premises Liability?

Trips, slips and falls are common. They can happen anywhere to anyone. What most people don’t know or don’t realize is that if you fall in a public place, the reason you fell might not be your fault.

At Jackson & Associates Law Firm, LLC, our team of dedicated attorneys fights clients across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The personal injury lawyers on our team have made a name for us with their compassion for clients and their ferocity with opposition. For premises liability claims, we make sure to answer all of the questions our clients have, such as:

If I’ve had a slip-and-fall accident in Upper Marlboro, what are my first steps toward legal action?

If you’ve had a slip-and-fall accident, the first step you take when you are considering legal action is to speak with an attorney. You may help this discussion by going over the events of the fall closely, being consistent and clear about the details and finding any documentation of your treatment. However, if you call us about your accident, we can begin the process of finding the evidence needed to make the case.

What constitutes a slip-and-fall accident in Maryland?

In Maryland, a slip-and-fall accident is one where a person falls as a result of a hazard or unsafe condition. Such a hazard can be:

  • Slippery floors
  • Tripping hazards
  • Unmarked holes in the floor
  • Unsteady surfaces

Additionally, the property owner must have been negligent in leaving the hazard as is.

Can I still have a case if the property owner was unaware of the dangerous condition?

Yes, you can, actually. The law in Maryland states that a property owner is liable for injuries on their property if they have not safeguarded a hazard that they know about or should know about. However, foreseeable hazards or hazards that should have been known can complicate a claim, but not so much that our attorneys cannot successfully pursue these claims.

What obligations do business owners have to prevent slip-and-fall accidents?

Business owners must take every reasonable precaution to keep their premises safe. They must promptly clean up and warn patrons of spills or trip hazards. They must cordon off damaged floors. They must make sure the surprising dips on the floor are even. Warnings can help, but repairs are important.

It’s Not Embarrassing To Get Compensation You Deserve

One major reason people delay filing for a claim after they’ve had a slip-and-fall accident is a deep feeling of self-consciousness. Even if the injuries are extreme, such as broken bones or concussions, it can still feel challenging to put the blame on someone else.

But if your fall isn’t your fault, your injury recovery shouldn’t be solely your responsibility. Reach out to us for a free consultation to find out more about your next steps. Call 301-264-7082 or send an email using our online contact form.

We have offices in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and Washington, D.C.