Slips and falls happen anywhere at any time, but inclement weather can make certain areas hazardous and increase your likelihood of slipping and falling. Maryland Law makes it difficult to successfully bring a slip and fall claim and requires you to prove:
- Notice – You must prove the owner of the premises knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and did nothing to remedy the situation.
- Hazardous Condition Actually Existed – You also must prove the condition/area where you fell was, in fact, hazardous and that you did not fall for some other reason or simply by tripping or by accident. Often times an expert is needed to prove that a hazardous condition existed and this can be costly.
- The condition was not open and obvious – If the danger that caused you to slip or trip and fall is an open and obvious condition and something you should have or could have observed prior to falling, you may not have a case.
Bringing a successful slip and fall case in Maryland is tough. If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall and think you might have a valid case, contact Potter Burnett Law today.
If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident it is important to take photos of the alleged hazard. You should report your injury to the property owner right away.