A woman in another state recently claimed that she suffered injuries after slipping and falling at a Subway restaurant. She asserted that the fast food restaurant's negligence led to her injuries and has therefore filed a lawsuit against the eatery. Anyone in Maryland who suffers injuries in a slip\-and\-fall accident resulting from a property owner's carelessness has the right to take legal action.
Under Maryland law, when you go onto someone's property, you may be owed a duty to reasonably protect your safety. For instance, any hazards that could cause a slip\-and\-fall accident that the owner knows about, or should reasonably know about, must be fixed or removed. If you do suffer an injury due to a property owner's negligence or failure to correct dangerous conditions, one of the first questions that may be asked is whether a duty was owed to you.
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.