Maryland winters can often involve below-freezing temperatures and accumulations of snow and ice. If you have ever experienced conditions like this before, you are well aware of how treacherous it can be to get around in them. While slip and fall accidents in winter weather conditions may seem unavoidable, they can often be the result of the negligence of a property owner. For this reason, many people who hurt themselves in slip and fall accidents that are caused by cold weather conditions are entitled to recover compensation under Maryland law.
How Can I Tell if My Slip and Fall Was the Result of Negligence?
Negligence is a complicated concept that requires years of legal training to understand, so the best way to determine whether your slip and fall was the result of negligence is to have your case reviewed by an attorney. Generally speaking, however, negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a person in similar circumstances – as a result, whether or not conduct was negligent is often a question of whether or not it was reasonable.
For example, if a shopkeeper was unable to keep his or her store entrance free of snow during a blizzard, he or she would likely not be held liable for any accidents that occurred due to the accumulation of snow. If, other the other hand, a storm had subsided and the shopkeeper simply chose not to clear the walkway of snow or ice, he or she would likely be held liable for any injuries caused by the hazardous condition.
What Damages are Available in a Slip and Fall Case?
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Maryland law allows you to recover for both your economic and non-economic losses, including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning potential
- Loss of quality of life
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
Call a Baltimore Slip and Fall Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
Attorney Randolph Rice is committed to helping people who have been injured by the negligence of others recover compensation for their injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation with Mr. Rice, call our office today at (410) 694-7291 or send us an email through our online contact form.