Sidewalk accidents are more common than you may realize. The majority of these accidents occur as a result of standing water, loose debris, uneven or cracked sidewalk surfaces, poor lighting, weather-related hazards left unattended, and more. If you have been injured in a sidewalk accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Continue reading to learn more.
Fulfilling the burden of proof:
Generally, property owners are responsible for the sidewalks adjacent to their properties. For example, if you slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of a home, the homeowner may be held responsible. In order to recover compensation for a sidewalk accident, you will have to provide proof that the property owner knew, or reasonably should have known, about the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. In order to provide this proof, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, interview witnesses, and more.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital as soon as an accident occurs, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured, as it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, this can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries, which can play a large role in a personal injury case. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance, it is important to obtain evidence of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. This can include taking pictures and videos at the scene. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events, so be sure to ask for their name and contact information.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible: In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. This means that if you fail to take legal action within three years, you will likely be barred from suing. To avoid this, it is important to reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney right away.
If you have been injured in a sidewalk accident, you may suffer from serious physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Our firm will fight to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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