The change of the seasons is one of the most appealing parts of living in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. We are no strangers to long winters and conditions that come with it. All property owners have the same responsibility to the public. They must keep their properties free of hazards that can injure people. When they fail to meet their responsibility and people are hurt, they should be held accountable. The same goes for unaddressed snow and ice. Slip and fall injuries can be quite severe. The victim of a slip and fall accident can suffer broken bones, spinal cord injury, brain damage, and more. If you were injured because of negligence, it is important to discuss your legal matter with an experienced law firm. Timian & Fawcett, LLC has decades of experience helping victims of serious injury. Our firm understands what is at stake and that the future is uncertain after an accident. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a free initial consultation.
Premises liability laws and weather conditions
As stated above, one’s premises must be free and clear of hazards that can injure others. It is the obligation of residential, commercial, and public property owners to regularly monitor their premises and take the necessary actions to rectify the problem. If the issue is standing water, snow or ice, the property owner needs to address it and clear the hazard from walking surfaces. While these laws are in place for all hours of any day, directly after a storm, property owners have a bit of time to take action and clear walkways and parking lots. Our firm is located in Hyattsville, Maryland. Our community has 24 hours after the end of the storm to clear walkways and parking lots of snow and ice. Thus, a person who was injured within that allotted time would likely not be entitled to compensation for an injury. That said, if a person was injured because of snow or ice outside of that time, he or she may have a valid personal injury case.
Proving negligence in slip and fall case
Property owners should be held accountable for negligence. In order to prevail after a slip and fall because of snow and ice, the victim of serious injury will have to prove that negligence. Like many other personal injury claims, the victim will need to prove that the hazard, in this case, snow, ice, or standing water, was left unattended outside the allotted time allowed after a storm for cleanup and that the property owner knew or should have known about it. Another important factor in a slip and fall accident is the preservation of evidence. If you are seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, get the medical care you need. If you can, take pictures of the weather condition that injured you because it can be erased by the property owner and even mother nature itself. If you are unable to act for yourself, contact our firm to come to the scene and collect evidence on your behalf.
Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC
If you are seriously injured in a snow/ice slip and fall accident, it is important to discuss your legal matter with an experienced attorney. Timian & Fawcett, LLC provides Maryland and Washington D.C. residents with effective legal support regarding premises liability claims and slip and fall accidents. We understand how significant these matters are and we will work tirelessly to help you through the toughest of times. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a consultation.