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Steps to take following a Maryland slip-and-fall accident

Premises liability is a very touchy subject for property owners. Many either don't realize they are required to keep visitors to their property safe, or they simply forget it is law. Visitors to properties are also required to avoid dangerous situations as much as they can, within reason. Here are the steps to take following a Maryland slip-and-fall accident.

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip-and-fall accident, you should seek medical care immediately. Whether this requires you to call 911 or not, having your injury looked at by a medical professional is important. Even if the accident was minor, you want to be examined in the event pain or other issues develop down the road.

Never let a slip-and-fall accident go unreported. Make sure a supervisor, landlord, property owner or manager is alerted to the accident not long after it occurred. In fact, the report should be given before you leave the scene. Explain in the report where the fall occurred, what was on the floor or ground and then get the report in writing to take with you.

Talk to any and all witnesses who saw the slip-and-fall accident. Ask for their names, phone numbers, email addresses and more. Have them provide you with their account of the accident. Their testimony could help you in a legal case.

Document the scene with pictures. Take as many pictures as possible so that they can tell the story of what occurred and why. Pictures should include the exact area where you fell as well as any debris in the area or broken stairs or puddles.

Never give a statement to the property owner or landlord after a slip-and-fall accident. Refrain from posting on social media about the accident. Never give a statement to any insurance company, even your own, until you have spoken with a personal injury attorney.

Visit our page today to learn more about slip-and-fall accidents and premises liability in Montgomery, Maryland.

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