Slip & Fall Accident Attorney in Suitland, MD
Get Representation for Your Slip & Fall Case Today
Slip & fall claims are one of the most common types of personal injury cases. Wherever you are, if the owner of the premises does not properly care for it, you could be seriously injured. If this has happened to you, reach out to a slip and fall attorney at the Law Office of Ben Evan.
The Law Office of Ben Evan can provide the legal services you need to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. You can be assured that you are getting the very best in legal services.
What Is a Slip & Fall Case?
A slip and fall case arises when an individual who has a duty to keep their property safe for visitors fails to do so, causing a visitor to fall and injure themselves. Legally, property owners are required to maintain their property so that no one is hurt. The failure to do so opens them up to liability in a negligence action. To prove negligence, an individual must prove duty, breach, causation, and damages. Any slip and fall case must conform to these requirements.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Hidden holes
- Uneven pavement
- Icy or snowy sidewalks or pathways
- Unmaintained walkways
Slip and fall cases can occur in many places, including grocery stores, apartment complexes, and private homes. If you fell in a place that is open to the public, the owners have a higher duty of care, and it may be easier for you to recover compensation.
How to Prove Negligence in a Slip & Fall Case
Generally, when attempting to prove that a property owner breached their duty of care in a slip and fall case, you must show:
- The owner knew that there was a dangerous defect on their property;
- They did nothing to solve the dangerous defect or provide warning to their guests of the danger; and
- It was the defect that caused your injuries.
In Maryland, it can be hard to prove liability because of contributory negligence laws. Even if the owner was 99% at fault for your accident, your recover may be limited (although you were only 1% at fault). Further, a defendant may argue that the defect you were injured on was “open and obvious,” and that your negligence was the actual cause of the injury. An experienced lawyer can guide you through these arguments to ensure that you receive the compensation you should for your injuries.
Steps to Recovery
The steps to recovery in a slip and fall case are very similar to any other personal injury action. If you choose to pursue legal action, you will be given the opportunity to prove the defendant’s failure to fulfill their duty in a civil court. Many slip and fall cases settle before reaching court because the defendants know they were in the wrong. However, if no settlement is reached, your case proceeds to trial, and you are given the opportunity to make your case. If the judge or jury believes that the defendant did indeed breach their duty, causing you harm, they will grant you compensation for your losses. Medical expenses, lost wages, and damage to property are usually all considered when deciding what compensation to award.
Suitland’s Source for Legal Help in Personal Injury Cases
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in the Suitland area, contact the Law Office of Ben Evan today.
Call (301) 969-9775 today for a free consultation.
Mr. Evan did an amazing job representing me as my attorney. He assured me that he wouldn’t stop fighting for me.- Nick H.
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