Have you or your loved one been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else's property? Whether your accident occurred at a business or on private property, if someone else's negligence caused the accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious, long-term injuries that can drastically change your daily life and routine. From the financial burden of medical bills and lost wages to adjusting to a new reality of permanent injury or disability, the first step toward justice is consulting with a Maryland slip and fall lawyer.
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The Maryland personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long are well-versed in the state’s personal injury laws and are ready to take on your case. We know that the injuries from a premises liability accident may not leave you with enough energy and health to pursue your claim right away. That’s why we shoulder the legal burden for you, investigating your claim and gathering relevant evidence so that you can focus on recovery. Schedule a free consultation with our slip and fall lawyers online or by calling 202-960-4596.
Slip or fall injuries are common throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in four adults aged 65 or older experience a fall each year, with about 37 percent requiring medical attention or restriction of movement for at least one day. In Maryland, about 23 percent of older adults fall each year, slightly less than the national average.
While the elderly may be at more risk for falling—and for serious injury as a result—slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone.
These accidents are common in work environments, especially warehouses and construction sites. If you are injured in a workplace accident, one of Regan Zambri Long’s workers’ compensation lawyers can help you make sure your claim is handled correctly.
Other common slips and falls occur in stores, particularly grocery stores where spills may be more common, on icy or uneven sidewalks outside of businesses, or in cluttered buildings. The National Floor Safety Institute states that floors and flooring materials directly contribute to more than 2 million injuries each year.
Estimates vary, but after a Maryland slip and fall, you may expect to recover a settlement between $10,000 and $50,000. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the definitive proof you have of the liable party’s negligence.
Property owners, businesses, or people who occupy the premises have a responsibility to ensure that it is safe for people to visit. This means ensuring that any walking surface is free of debris and clutter, that safe railings are installed where necessary, and that spills or otherwise slippery, wet floors are cleaned quickly and are clearly warned about, among other things. Any dangerous condition must be addressed as soon as it is noticed. If a property owner fails to make a reasonable inspection or exercise reasonable and ordinary care, they may be held legally responsible for fall injuries.
When you bring a personal injury case for a slip or fall accident, you must prove that the liable party knew or should have known about the hazardous condition that caused your fall injury, thereby demonstrating negligence.
Legal negligence means that the liable party had a duty of care to behave in a certain way, that the duty of care was breached, that the breach caused an accident and that you suffered injury or other loss because of the accident.
Your personal injury lawyer will investigate your accident to determine who is liable for your injuries. If multiple parties can be held liable, Regan Zambri Long will bring appropriate suits against all liable parties.
Liability can belong to:
After an accident, it’s likely that potentially liable parties will try to pass blame to one another or even to you as contributory negligence. That’s why it’s crucial to hire an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to represent your best interests and fight for justice on your behalf.
Injuries from slip and fall premises liability cases can range from mild to catastrophic, depending on the facts of the case. In a mild accident, you may only experience some bruising and soreness, along with embarrassment for having fallen. But other accidents can cause more serious injuries and medical bills, including:
In catastrophic slip and fall accidents, you may be permanently disabled or lose a limb. In some cases, wrongful death may occur.
It is in your best interest to seek immediate medical treatment after any slip or fall, as the full extent of your injuries may not be immediately apparent. After you see a doctor, you should call Regan Zambri Long for a free case evaluation to determine the viability of your claim and the next steps you should take.
Your first step in filing a Maryland slip and fall claim is to seek medical attention as soon as possible after your accident. Having medical records that detail your injuries and link them to your accident will help ensure you are able to recover maximum compensation. If there is a question later on about whether your injuries were caused by the accident, you may have to accept a lower settlement value.
Your next step is to consult with a skilled slip and fall attorney. While negligence may seem easy to prove on the surface, you can be sure that the liable party and/or their insurance company will be working hard to show that they were not negligent or that you also displayed negligence in your behavior. Your legal team will also conduct an investigation into the accident to collect further proof that the premises was unsafe, that the occupying party or property owner knew the hazardous condition existed, and they were negligent in maintenance and reasonable safety measures.
The statute of limitation for Maryland personal injuries is three years from the date of the accident. This means that, within three years of your slip or fall accident, you will need to file a claim against the property owner or other liable party.
You should consult with a Maryland slip and fall attorney as soon as possible after your injury, but it is common for a lawyer to wait to file a claim until you’ve received enough medical treatment to understand the full extent of your injuries and the recovery you can expect. In many personal injury cases, your attorney may wait to file your claim until you’ve reached the point of maximum recovery you can attain within the statute of limitations.
Maryland is one of four states that follows the harsh standard of pure contributory negligence. This means that anyone found to be at all responsible for an accident or injury is completely barred from recovering compensation.
This is why it is important that you hire an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a slip or fall accident. The opposing side’s attorneys may try to pin some liability on you to avoid having to pay the compensation you are owed. Your lawyer will fight against an undue contributory negligence claim and prove that the accident was solely caused by dangerous conditions.
When you are injured because of a property owner’s negligence, it is likely that you will accrue more bills than you anticipate, as well as suffering the loss of material and physical comforts. Thus, you are allowed to claim financial compensation for two different kinds of losses: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Anything that comes with a receipt, bill, or other direct financial loss is considered economic damage. This includes:
Non-economic damages can be harder to calculate and define. They encompass the intangible losses you suffer because of the accident and injury, such as:
Calculating a fair case value for your claim can be a challenge. You should keep all bills and receipts related to your accident and injuries, as well as a detailed account of the ways you physically, mentally, and emotionally suffered during your injury and recovery. Your attorney will help you determine how to value your suffering in a way that maximizes the compensation you can claim.
If your slip and fall accident has caused you intense pain and suffering, you should consult with a Regan Zambri Long Maryland personal injury lawyer for a free case evaluation. You are allowed to claim compensation for this kind of damage, up to $905,000. Your legal team will help you calculate a fair value for your suffering.
You shouldn’t have to worry about whether you can afford to pursue justice after a personal injury. That’s why Regan Zambri Long’s Maryland slip and fall attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. We don’t collect any fees until we’ve made a recovery in your favor. If fair settlement negotiations fail, we will take your case to trial, all without collecting any payments from you. If we are unable to recover compensation on your behalf, we will waive our legal fees.
When someone else’s negligence causes you to be injured, the last thing you should worry about is how you will be able to financially afford your medical care and recovery. Injuries that result from a slip and fall claim are unfortunately common and can cause the victim pain and suffering, as well as financial hardship.
At Regan Zambri Long, we believe that everyone deserves justice. Our personal injury law firm has more than 100 years of cumulative experience among all our attorneys, and we will bring it all to bear on your case. We are able to give you the personal attention of a small law firm while packing the punch of a larger firm.
We’ve recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we can do the same for you. Our successes include:
Our legal team is experienced in Maryland premises liability cases, so when you trust your case to us, you put it in the best hands possible. Call us today for a free case evaluation at 202-960-4596.