Currently, Maryland is seeing a lot of snow. Unfortunately, with this winter weather comes snow & ice accidents. These accidents are common and can lead to serious injuries. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event that you are involved in an accident. Read on for more information regarding snow & ice accidents in Maryland.
Who is Responsible for a Snow & Ice Accident?
In Maryland, property owners are responsible for keeping their properties safe. This applies to homes, shops, businesses, and municipal buildings. So, if you slip on the steps going into a store, the storeowner may be responsible for your accident. Property owners have a certain window of time within which they must clear their property of snow & ice after a rain or snowfall event. This window of time varies by municipality.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do this, you will need to provide proof of negligence. To obtain this proof you should complete the following steps, if possible:
- Seek medical attention. It is important to make sure that your injuries are tended to. In doing so, you will also be able to obtain proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. While at the hospital, make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Document the scene. It is important to take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident. If you slipped on some icy stairs, make sure to get a picture of the stairs.
- Obtain witness contact information. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Avoid posting on social media. It is important that you refrain from posting on social media after an accident, as it may impact your chances of recovering compensation.
- Retain the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to provide further proof of negligence, including security camera footage and police reports.
- Make sure to file your claim on time. In Maryland, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the injury. This means that if you fail to file your personal injury claim within three years, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important deadlines, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow & ice accident, contact our firm today to discuss your case with a skilled attorney.
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