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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Maryland

Slip and fall accidents are some of the more common reasons people are injured throughout the country. Slip and falls can cause serious injuries, and they can have a severe impact on the victim’s family, as well. Another aspect that many people do not realize is that slip and fall accidents can be extremely expensive; there is often extensive future medical treatment and a significant loss of earnings while the injured victim is unable to work. Slip and fall accidents involving older people can be catastrophic as their bones are more fragile.

Retaining a Charles County slip and fall attorney is an important step in protecting your rights and ensuring you have a chance at getting the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies for the property owners and managers will be quick to deny liability and paint the victim as the at-fault party. Insurance companies always view a slip and fall claim with skepticism as there are situations in which some people have faked a slip and fall accident thinking it would be a quick payday. Because of a few bad apples, real victims have to fight twice as hard to recover compensation in a Maryland slip and fall case.

Property owners and caretakers have a duty to keep their premises free from defective and dangerous conditions. If they do not, it can result in a lawsuit for negligence. Here is a look at some of the more common causes of slip and fall claims in Maryland.

Wet and Uneven Floors

Flooring conditions are a leading cause of slip and fall accidents. There are a number of different scenarios that can cause a hazard or defective condition with floors. Some of these include:

  • Loose or damaged flooring, including unsecured mats and rugs, especially on stairs;
  • Uneven flooring or ground that has no warning sign;
  • Spilled substances that are not subsequently cleaned up;
  • Parking lot potholes;
  • Polished or recently waxed flooring;
  • No signage or barriers to block off wet flooring;
  • Accumulation of rain, snow, or ice on a floor;
  • Sloping floors with floor treatments;
  • Items that get caught in rugs or carpets that catch on your shoe;
  • Spilled oil or grease; or
  • Lack of non-skid floor treatments when necessary.

Unsafe Stairs

Stairs are another common spot where slip and falls occur. Some hazardous situations that can cause slip and fall accidents here include:

  • Lack of handrails
  • Trash or other debris on a stair
  • Broken or defective handrail
  • Warped or worn stairs
  • Polished or waxed stairs that lack non-skid surfaces
  • Loose rug or torn carpeting on stairs

Other Conditions

There are still plenty of other issues that can result in a slip and fall accident. Some of these include:

  • Cords running across the door and/or walkway
  • Cabinets and drawers left open
  • Trash or debris left out
  • Transitions in flooring that cause someone to trip
  • Bright lighting against a shiny floor that creates a glare
  • Lack of lighting that makes a space too dark for someone to spot hazards

Contact a Charles County Slip and Fall Attorney

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to speak with a Charles County personal injury attorney right away. Contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro today at 301-870-1200 to schedule an initial consultation.