This winter is bound to see some snow. As a result, grounds will become slippery and snow and ice accidents will become more frequent. If you slip and fall this winter, you can become seriously injured. If you become injured in a snow and ice accident, you may deserve compensation. Read on to learn more about snow and ice accidents and what to do in the event of an injury.
How Can I Recover Compensation for a Snow and Ice Accident?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation. In Maryland, property owners are legally responsible for keeping their properties clean and safe for pedestrians. This applies to homeowners, shops, businesses, and municipal buildings. So, if you slip and fall on an icy sidewalk in front of a home, the homeowner may be held responsible. After a snow or rainfall event, there is a certain amount of time during which property owners must clean their properties of all snow and ice. This amount of time varies by municipality, so if you are unsure of whether your accident occurred within this window of time, contact our firm.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
When it comes to personal injury, you must prove that some form of negligence occurred to cause your accident. For example, a homeowner should have salted their sidewalk, and they failed to do so, this could be considered negligence. In order to prove this, you should take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident. Additionally, you should gather the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident occur.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
When it comes to personal injury, it is important to act quickly. If you are recovering from a severe injury, taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind. But, you must file your claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the injury. If you do not file your claim within three years, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To ensure you do not miss any important deadlines, reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED MARYLAND FIRM
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.