In the event of a slip and fall accident that causes serious injury, it is common for premises owners, managers, and/or insurers of property owners to claim that the person who fell was careless and therefore partially or fully responsible for his or her own injury.
Lawyers for the other side may get even more aggressive and investigate the background of the person who fell, seeking for evidence to show that the fall injury was most likely caused by a pre-existing medical condition.
Before your opponents get too far along in their efforts to blame you for your slip and fall accident, it is important to have your own attorney on your side, ready to advocate on your behalf. At McGowan & Cecil, LLC, our Laurel slip and fall accident lawyers are experienced and have a proven record of favorable results.
Call now at (301) 761-2007 to schedule a free consultation.
Statutes of Limitations in Maryland
Each state has a different statute of limitations, or period of time in which you much file an injury claim. In Maryland, injury claims must be filed within three years of the date of the injury in order to be legally considered.
If you miss that deadline, you will lose the right to file an injury claim. In slip and fall cases specifically, it's important to file your claim as quickly as possible so the evidence isn't lost.
Common Injuries Sustained in Slip & Fall Accidents
If you or a family member has been through a slip and fall accident, you may have medical bills to pay after suffering an injury such as:
- A head injury
- A broken leg or ankle
- Injured tailbone
- Broken arm
- Back pain
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Sometimes, what seems like a minor injury at first can become more debilitating than you first expect. A broken bone often triggers reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), a condition that causes excruciating pain. It is very difficult to treat. A prompt investigation into the causes of the slip and fall accident can help prepare you to file a lawsuit if that becomes necessary.
What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident in Laurel
Time is of the essence following a slip and fall accident. It is imperative that you preserve any evidence and act immediately to secure the scene of the accident before it is "compromised" if you find yourself injured on someone else’s property.
Some important things to do as well as take note of if you slip and fall include:
- Document what happened to you. If you don't have a pad and pen, you can use your cell phone to take notes or voice memos.
- Photograph the dangerous condition that caused you to slip and/or fall. It should be clear what the cause of the fall was.
- Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any potential witnesses.
- Get the names of employees on duty who may have witnessed the fall.
- Note what you were wearing that day.
- Were there any warning signs? Take note of the situation overall.
Once you have done the above, report the fall to the manager or store owner, but do not give any extensive statements or details until you are in the presence of an attorney.
Next, get medical attention ASAP. Any delay in seeking medical attention can have an adverse effect on your case. Even if your injury seems minor, immediately seek a medical examination and ask your doctor to provide as much detail as possible about your injuries. If you injury is serious, head to the hospital before doing anything else—your health should always be your priority.
Finally, call an experienced personal injury lawyer in Laurel with a track record of successfully representing victims of slip and fall accidents. When it comes to your health and well-being, you shouldn't trust the outcome of your case to somebody who dabbles in multiple practice areas—you want a reputable personal injury attorney whose experience and knowledge will help deliver you the strongest possible results.
We Have the Resources for a Thorough Investigation
When our Laurel slip and fall accident lawyers investigate the causes of an accident, they often find factors that are obviously the responsibility of the premises owner or managers.
These factors include:
- Slippery surfaces
- Debris left around construction sites by subcontractors
- Stairs not built to code
- Failure to clean or repair
- Falling merchandise
- Elevators not properly maintained
- Insufficient lighting
- Inadequate security measures
As your legal representative, we are committed to helping you recover the full amount of compensation for your current and future medical bills, lost income, as well as pain and suffering.
Allow a Laurel slip and fall accident attorney from McGowan & Cecil, LLC to evaluate your case at no charge. Contact us to schedule a consultation online or at (301) 761-2007!
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