Slip & Fall

Salisbury Slip & Fall Attorney

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Falling may be a pretty normal part of life when you’re young, but it becomes more and more painful as you get older. As adults, slipping or tripping and falling can cause some serious injuries, even life-changing ones. More than one million people in the U.S. suffer a slip and fall injury every year. Work-related falls are the leading cause of death in construction accidents, and falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for people age 73 or older.

Here are some sobering statistics about slip and fall injuries:

  • In the U.S., about 19,565 people die every year from fall-related injuries

  • Slips, trips, and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths, and nearly 20% of all work-related injuries

  • Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries

  • Around 20 to 30% of all people who slip and fall suffer moderate or severe injuries like bruises, head injuries, and hip fractures

  • Fractures from slip and fall accidents most commonly occur in the spine, hips, forearms, legs, ankles, pelvis, upper arms, or hands

  • Slip and fall accidents may lead to broken bones or fractures, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, incapacitation, long-term medical conditions, or death

Hearne & Bailey, P.A. accepts a wide variety of slip and fall cases, helping you fight to protect your rights when you have been hurt. We know how tricky these cases are, and we are prepared to work hard to prepare compelling arguments in your favor. We take the approach you want us to take, whether that’s fighting for a settlement or preparing to take your case to full litigation in court. We investigate and evaluate your fall accident case, gathering evidence to support your claim and hold those responsible for your life-changing injuries responsible.

Fighting to Protect Your Rights

When you slipped and fell, you may have sustained serious injuries that will or already have cost a good deal of money in medical expenses. You may need to take time off work due to injuries, and in severe cases, you may lose your job and experience long-term pain and suffering. If the property owner or maintainer is found at fault in your accident, he or she must compensate you for related medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, in proportion to the extent and severity of your injuries. We will help you fight to prove this liability and get the compensation you deserve.

Have you or a loved one been injured as a result of a slip and fall or trip and fall incident? Call Hearne & Bailey, P.A. at (410) 618-0903and talk to us about your life today.

How a Slip & Fall Case Works

As with many other types of personal injury law, a slip and fall case involves proving liability, or determining who is at fault for the accident that caused your injuries. If someone else’s negligence or willful disregard of the safety of others causes you to become injured, then they are considered “liable” and can be sued for monetary compensation for things like medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and emotional suffering.

Recovering damages from a slip and fall case in Maryland is often difficult because of the state’s law of contributory negligence. Under this law, if the person who fell is even slightly at fault for the accident, that person cannot recover any damages.

In a slip and fall case, the first step is to prove liability. This is easiest when you can prove that the property owner knew, or at least should have known, about a hazardous condition and failed to take action. For example, multiple burnt-out lightbulbs or significantly uneven ground are conditions that the property owner should have known about and taken steps to remedy. However, if a dangerous condition developed only seconds before you were injured because of it, there is likely no way the property owner could have known, and therefore they aren’t responsible for your fall.

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Guise of “Premises Liability” Law

Slip and fall accidents are also one of the types of cases that fall under the guise of “premises liability” law. This doctrine essentially dictates that property owners have a duty and responsibility to maintain a safe property that’s free from obviously-dangerous features that could cause an injury. For example, open trenches that someone could fall in, slippery walkways that are covered with standing water, and dim lighting that make it impossible to see clearly are all conditions that could make a property owner liable if they are left unrepaired.

Premises liability also depends on the type of guest and the reason for their visit. The property owner has more responsibility for the safety of an invitee, or someone who was expressly invited onto a property, than they do towards a trespasser (someone expressly not invited to a property at all). In fact, a property owner has no responsibility towards a trespasser other than the obligation to not intentionally injure them.

Make the first move as soon as you can after a premises liability claim. Contact Hearne & Bailey, P.A. today to get started.

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