Every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals across the country are hospitalized from injuries they suffer after slipping and falling. Often, these slip\-and\-fall accidents result in broken bones or other lasting injuries that require ongoing treatment or cause long-term pain and suffering. When Maryland property owners fail to keep their premises safe from hazards that result in grievous physical damages to unsuspecting members of the public, the business owners are not the ones who suffer; rather, it is the injured patrons who endure pain and often face costly medical expenses for treatment.
Last week, our blog began discussing how it's important for people to understand that negligent property owners can be held accountable for slip-and-fall accidents that occur outside provided the site of the incident is part of the owner's premises, and the owner either 1) failed to rectify the condition that caused the accident or 2) take the necessary precautions.
For the most part, liability for slip-and-fall accidents likely brings to mind images of people filing lawsuits after suffering serious injuries in tumbles inside shopping malls, big box retailers, movie theaters, office buildings and apartment complexes.
Often the punch line of your favorite old cartoons, a character slipping and falling from something like a banana peel is supposed to make you laugh. While it may be funny seeing it in cartoons, if it happens to you, a slip-and-fall injury can have very serious long-term effects.