Maryland On the Job Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
Fall from Heights or Scaffolding
Maryland employers and workplace regulators have a duty to maintain the highest levels of safety at the various job sites they operate. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC we have seen that falls, slips and trips from even the smallest of heights can result in severe injury or death. If you have been injured in a fall while on the job or have a loved one who has died as a result of such an accident, you have the right to compensation and potentially much more.
Beware – insurance companies that represent your employer or a third party entity will attempt to obtain vital information from you or potentially force you into a settlement. Do not accept any of their calls. Before speaking with any insurance agent, company representative or member of corporate management, we highly recommend you contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. We can provide the kind of thorough representation and in-depth legal knowledge you’ll need to secure compensation from the at-fault party.
For more information about your worker’s compensation rights and how our firm can best serve your interests, please contact us at your earliest convenience at (844) 632-7274.
Who Is Responsible?
Traditionally, employers have been held responsible for slip and fall accidents occurring on a job site. To compensate for the inevitable, companies are required by Maryland state law and federal mandate to insure their hires against accidents that may occur on the premises during the regular course of their duties. This is known as workman’s compensation and is the surest way for injured employees to gain financial recompense for medical care following an incident.
However, in the case of a slip-and-fall accident involving scaffolding or ladders at any height, there is the potential for additional legal action. Because of the precarious nature of the work and the high probability of third-party negligence playing a role – due to faulty equipment or shoddy support within the work environment – injured parties are able to pursue both worker’s compensation and a lawsuit at the same time. In order to file a successful personal injury suit, the injured party must prove liability in one of the following ways:
- The victim must prove that the employer, third party scaffolding supplier or premises owner was fully aware of the dangers the particular site in question posed and took no steps to remedy the situation. This can occur in a myriad of ways, from loose steps to shoddy railings and faulty supports. Whatever the case may be, the owner of the defective and dangerous property had to know of the situation and opted to do nothing about it.
- The victim must prove that the employer, third party supplier or land- owner directly caused the unsafe conditions that resulted in the victim’s fall. Again, this can occur in a number of ways, but must have been entirely the fault of one or more of the supervising entities.
- The victim must definitively prove that the employer, third party supplier or property owner should have known about the defective piece of property, because any reasonable manager would have known about it and taken the proper steps to prevent any injuries. This is often a difficult point to prove, as it takes into consideration a person’s “reasonable thought”, but can be quite effective if tackled by a skilled personal injury attorney.
When Should I Call an Attorney?
Our recommendation: as soon as possible. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC we know the speed and efficiency of company insurance adjustors. Undoubtedly they have attempted to contact you or even offered a settlement. Do not speak with them or a company representative till you’ve spoken with one of our qualified worker’s compensation attorneys. Insurance agents and the companies they represent do not have your best interests in mind and will actively work against you in many cases.
Additionally, the statute of limitations in Maryland leaves you a limited amount of time in which to file suit, so time is of the essence. Contact our office today at (844) 632-7274 to set up a free case evaluation and to discuss your legal options.
- Fall Protection
- OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign
- Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths Caused by Falls From Suspension Scaffolds
- Firefighters Rescue Construction Workers After Scaffolding Collapses
- Maryland Division of Labor and Industry