Slip and Fall Accident

Maryland Slip and Fall Lawyer

Slip and fall accidents can happen at any time of year, not just during winter. Some of the most common ways a person may be injured through a slip and fall in Maryland are on wet or slippery surfaces, highly used areas, at grocery stores, on sidewalks and ramps, apartments, and commercial spaces, among others. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), slip and fall accidents are the third-highest cause of accidental death in the United States as of 2014.  If a slip and fall accident occurred on public or private property, Maryland property owners can be held responsible for injuries that occur on their premises. When their negligence creates (or fails to fix) dangerous conditions, people who are hurt as a result can receive compensation for their injuries and losses.  That is why it is highly important to contact a Maryland personal injury attorney as soon as you have received proper medical care following your accident.

How Slip and Falls Happen

Maryland is home to numerous grocery stores, chains, big box stores, and retail shops. Often, a customer may be in one of these locations and accidentally slip on a wet surface or an item that had negligently been left in an area with high traffic. These seemingly minor occurrences can happen simply by forgetting to put up a Wet Floor sign, or not seeing a grape that had fallen off the bunch and rolled across the floor.

However, when these slip and falls occur, they can have devastating effects on the victim. An unsuspecting customer could step on the grape or wet floor and have their feet fly out from under them, causing them to potentially suffer injuries such as torn ligaments, sprained or broken ankles or kneecaps, and even fractured skulls, concussions, or traumatic brain injuries.

If a person or their loved one has suffered a slip and fall at any location in Maryland, the first thing they should do is see their doctor to determine if any treatment is necessary. Following that, they should consider bringing their case to an experienced Maryland slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible.

Common Injuries

Below are some common injuries that can occur from a slip and fall. A Maryland slip and fall lawyer will be able to determine whether a slip and fall or premises liability case can be brought against the owner of the location where the accident occurred.

  • Sprains: A sprain occurs when tendons and ligaments surrounding a joint (such as a knee or an ankle) are strained beyond their normal range of motion. This strain can even be so severe as to cause multiple degrees of tearing, with the worst being a complete tear through the ligament or tendon. The area will become inflamed and tender to the touch, with the most severe sprains potentially requiring surgery to repair the tear or tears. Sprains can happen very easily when someone slips and tries to catch themselves, or their limb twists the wrong way as they fall. Because it can take time for the injury to make itself known, anyone who suspects they may have sprained their ankle or other area of their body should contact their doctor to receive medical care.
  • Broken Bones: Everyone is at risk for a broken bone when they fall, whether it is from a ladder or other elevated location, or on an uneven surface. Elderly people are especially at risk because of fragile bones and slower reflex response. Broken hips, knees, ankles, and wrists are some of the injuries someone can receive from any slip and fall accident in Maryland or elsewhere. Just like with sprains, it may not be immediately noticeable that someone has suffered a broken or fractured bone. Taking the necessary steps to receive proper medical care should always be the first thing a person does after their slip and fall.

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