One of the common types of personal injury claims we handle at Mike Slocumb Law Firm involves "slip and fall" accidents. Just as it sounds, a slip and fall involves an accident in which someone slips, trips and falls and is injured. These fall under the legal area of premises liability. The owner of the property in which the slip and fall accident occurred may be liable.
But proving these cases can be difficult without the help of an experienced attorney. The property owner must ensure his or her property is safe for visitors. If it's determined the owner caused a hazardous condition such as a spill on a floor, knew about the dangerous condition and did nothing to address the problem, he or she may be sued for negligence. One other element in proving negligence: the property owner should have known about the hazardous condition because a "reasonable" person who was responsible for the property would have noticed the problem and addressed it.
- Typical Injuries Related to Slip and Fall Accidents
- What About Stair Accidents?
- When the Property Owner is Liable
Slocumb Law Firm is experienced in handling slip and fall liability cases such as:
- Accidents in which victims fall on sidewalks
- Accidents involving torn carpeting, dim lighting and slippery surfaces
- Injuries sustained by people using dangerous or unstable stairways
Unfortunately, there is a misconception that slip and fall accidents only result in minor injuries. While some falls are minor, many are serious cases involving traumatic brain injury and spinal cord damage. In cases where a victim suffers what an insurance company might call a minor injury, the victim often must face expensive medical bills. There also is a risk that the "minor" injury will get worse with time. That's why it's critical to seek immediate medical attention after a slip and fall accident.
Victims deserve to be compensated for by the property owner responsible for the slip and fall accident that led to the injury. In the event of severe injury, greater steps are required to address the resulting medical conditions, and therefore greater responsibility falls on the property owner.
It takes surprisingly little force for someone, even a healthy adult, to suffer a brain injury. Similarly, a spinal cord injury can occur under circumstances that we encounter every day, such as going up or down stairs. It is not unheard of that slip and fall accidents may even lead to loss of life.
You won't accept anything but the most accurate and thorough medical care for your slip and fall injury-be sure you use the same standard for your legal representation.
Accidents in stairwells - whether at a Baltimore shopping mall, a restaurant or a private home - can lead to complex slip and fall claims. It's not enough to simply show there was a defect in the stairs. You also will need to show that the defect caused the accident. The insurance company may raise any number of arguments to keep compensation to a minimum. You might hear them say you were being careless or you had a pre-existing condition. Our attorneys will carefully investigate your accident. There may be a building code violation that will support your claim. For example, all the steps may not have the same height or depth. If this is the case, you may have grounds for a slip and fall lawsuit.
How does an attorney prove that the property owner was negligent? Our attorneys thoroughly investigate the claim to establish liability. We will need to determine if the property owner created the dangerous condition. Next, we examine whether he or she knew the condition existed and did not do anything to repair it. Finally, we determine if the condition existed for enough time that the owner should have discovered the problem and addressed it.
If you were injured in a slip and fall or suspect you have a premises liability case, it's important to get in touch with us immediately. We start with a free consultation at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. We will listen to you and inform you of your rights. Take action as soon as possible. A delay may affect your right to pursue compensation.
We won't charge you by the hour or make you pay any upfront fees. You only pay us a legal fee if we win.