When someone slips and falls on a sidewalk, in a store, or at a home, it is common for the victim to wonder who was responsible for the accident. Premises liability is a legal concept that addresses the responsibility of property owners to provide safe conditions for their visitors. In many instances, victims of slip-and-fall accidents are able to receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
There are many factors that can affect whether or not a property owner can be held liable for a slip-and-fall accident. In most cases, plaintiffs must be able to prove that:
- The accident occurred due to a dangerous condition on the property such as a wet floor, cluttered walkway, snowy sidewalk, or broken steps.
- The owner of the property or an employee caused the dangerous condition.
- The owner of the premises or an employee was aware of the dangerous condition.
- The person or persons responsible for the property negligently failed to fix the problem or to post warning signs around the hazard that caused the accident.
If you have fallen on someone else’s property, it is advisable to notify the manager, take photos of the accident site, and collect contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident. Request a copy of the incident report and seek medical attention promptly. Every piece of evidence you collect and preserve could help your case if you choose to hold the owner liable for your injuries. Contact an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer who will fight for your rights and ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for your losses.