When individuals decide to go for a stroll on a residential sidewalk, they usually are not thinking of the dangers that accompany sidewalks. Although we may not see sidewalks as a danger to us, accidents can happen in this area. Due to a variety of reasons, sidewalks can lead to slip and fall accidents when individuals may be seriously harmed. Upon being harmed, you may wish to seek liability. If the hazard present was removed from the situation, you may not have been injured. There is a way to seek liability for your accident and search for compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a sidewalk slip and fall accident, contact our professional attorneys for legal counsel on how to proceed.
What causes sidewalk slip and fall accidents?
Sidewalk accidents can happen due to a variety of factors. This can include loose debris, hazardous materials and surface problems. Weather conditions can also influence the safety of the sidewalk. When weather conditions are involved in the accident, it can become more complicated. Weather conditions need to be addressed within the allotted time after a storm. If you took the risk and used the sidewalk before this period of time, then you may not be able to seek negligence on behalf of another party.
Who can I hold responsible for my slip and fall accident?
For most sidewalks, they are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. This means that store owners are usually responsible for clearing hazards on the sidewalk outside of the store. Property owners can include private citizens, a commercial property or municipality. When individuals fall victim to an incident on a sidewalk, they will have to prove negligence.
How do I prove negligence?
In order to build a case, you will have to prove that the owner of the property knew or should have reasonably known about any hazards present on the sidewalk. You should receive medical attention for your injuries to document the extent of the injuries you received from the accident. If there were witnesses to your slip and fall, getting their information may be helpful to provide their firsthand account.
Preserving evidence in any way is very important in creating a case for your incident. In order to do so, you can seek the help of our attorneys. We can gather evidence for you and advise you in the best way possible.
Albers & Associates is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Albers & Associates to schedule a consultation.