When Slip and Fall is Due to Negligence

If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, it may be due to negligence and you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income and your pain and suffering. Property and business owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment for customers, employees, and other visitors. Not every fall is someone else’s fault, but if your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, an experienced Maryland slip and fall attorney can help.

Hazards and Negligence Leading to Slip and Fall

Business and property owners who are aware of hazards, or should be aware of hazards, have a duty to correct or block off the hazard or to post warning signs to prevent those entering the property from getting hurt. Examples of hazards and negligence that can lead to slip and fall accidents include:

  • Leaks that cause slick flooring or walkways, including leaky refrigeration or air conditioning units
  • Slick mold overgrowth in areas that are not kept clean
  • Inadequate snow and ice removal
  • Wet decks, stairs, or sidewalks
  • Damaged sidewalks
  • Damaged surfaces in parking lots and parking structures
  • Low obstacles such as baby gates and open cabinets or drawers
  • Cables or cords across pathways
  • Boxes, merchandise, and other items in aisles at retail locations
  • Messy hallways or walkways
  • Inadequate lighting indoors or outdoors
  • Spills that are not cleaned up or blocked off in a timely manner
  • Failure to mark and/or block off floors that are wet during and after cleaning
  • Slippery residues that are left behind after cleaning, often as a result of failing to thoroughly rinse away cleaning products
  • Slick flooring materials
  • Damaged flooring
  • Loose or wrinkled carpeting or rugs
  • Damaged walkways or stairs
  • Uneven walkways or stairs
  • Unmarked step-up or step-down
  • Missing or faulty railings for stairs and balconies
  • Building code violations
  • Elevator, escalator or moving sidewalk malfunction

To learn more about Maryland slip and fall accidents and find out if you have a case, please call Patrick D. Troxler, Esq., at 301-709-7195 or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.

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