A Maryland Personal Injury Attorney Fighting For Slip-And-Fall Victims
Accidents happen, and sometimes those accidents happen on someone else’s property. We carry insurance on our homes, properties and cars for a reason, and that’s to cover damages in the event of an accident or injury on our premises. However, oftentimes, insurance companies don’t always cover what they promise to cover.
At Rafael Law, LLC, I have been helping clients in Baltimore who have been injured in accidents since 2003. I fight the insurance companies to make sure my clients are getting fair and just compensation for their damages and injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident where you slipped and fell on public property. I can help. I frequently handle slip-and-fall cases involving:
- Gas stations
- Grocery and retail stores
Premises Liability Obligations Of Property Owners In Maryland
In Maryland, property owners have an obligation to protect visitors to their premises. Under the laws and concepts of premises liability, visitors to a property can expect it to be safe. Property owners are expected and obligated to keep their premises free and clear from unsafe conditions. To have a claim for negligence under the premises liability laws in a slip-and-fall case, the injured person must prove all of the following:
- The property owner had a duty to protect others from injury
- The owner breached that duty
- An injury occurred
- The owner’s inability to keep the property safe was the cause of the injury
In other words, when you go to the grocery store or stop at the gas station, you can expect to stay safe from dangerous conditions. If you are shopping at a store or parking in a parking lot, the owner of that store has a responsibility to make sure that shoppers can walk around in the parking lot or store and not get hurt. If you are at the grocery store and something spilled on the ground, and you slip and fall because of the mess, you may have a claim for damages for a slip-and-fall case under the premises liability laws.
What Are Common Injuries People Sustain?
Injuries that commonly result from slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Injuries to the wrists and hands
- Back injuries
- Hip injuries
- Broken bones
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, more severe injuries can happen. These include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and organ damage.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim For My Slip-And-Fall Injury In Maryland?
The statute of limitations for civil claims, including those related to slip-and-fall accidents, is three years in Maryland. People who get hurt in a slip-and-fall have three years to take legal action beginning on the date of their injury.
What Types Of Damages Can I Recover For My Slip-And-Fall Injuries?
The damages victims of slip-and-fall accidents can recover compensation for include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Victims are more likely to recover compensation if their injuries are severe and resulted from a safety hazard the property owner failed to address.
Battling Insurance Companies For Fair Results
In my years of practice as a personal injury attorney, I get disgusted with the way insurance companies deny legitimate claims and refuse to pay what they’ve promised to cover, just because of their bottom line. Whether it’s an insurance company that doesn’t pay after a car crash or a possible case for wrongful death, their primary goal seems to be to sometimes avoid paying altogether and/or only pay out as little as they can. I fight to hold them accountable. I fight to make sure my clients get the compensation they are entitled to for their damages and injuries. If you have been offered a settlement from an insurance company for your slip-and-fall injury, don’t accept it without talking to an established personal injury attorney who has experience with slip-and-fall cases.
Filing Deadlines Apply. Call Today.
In Maryland, the statute of limitations (in other words, the deadline to file your case) is three years from the date of your injury. If you were injured in a slip-and-fall case, don’t wait. Call me today at 410-204-5411 or email me to schedule your free, initial consultation.
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