No matter what the calendar says, icy conditions persist in Baltimore. When walkways, paths, and stairs are not cleared of snow and ice in a timely manner, this can lead to increased slip and fall accidents. If you are injured falling on someone else’s property, there are a few steps you should take:

Gather Evidence and Contact the Necessary Parties

Gather the names and contact information of anyone who saw the accident occur. This should include employees of the place where you were injured. Use your phone to take a picture of the icy or slippery surface that caused your fall.

Contact the owner of the property to inform them of the dangerous conditions and that you were hurt on their property. Don’t give an extensive statement before you have talked to a lawyer.

You should also write down an account of what happened. After a fall, you may be shaken up or unnerved, and this can make it difficult to remember the exact events later on.

Obtain Medical Attention

Injuries, particularly those to the head, back or neck, are not always immediately apparent. See your doctor right away to assess any injuries. This is especially important if you may have head trauma. Left untreated, injuries can become serious over a matter of hours.

Discuss any pain or discomfort you may be feeling, no matter how minor. Often, it is not easy to tell how seriously injured you are without a professional medical opinion.

Take photos of any bruises, scrapes or other visible injuries. If it is necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit, these can help your case. They can also help you remember the details of the incident later on.

Contact an Attorney

A personal injury attorney who is an expert in Maryland law can advise you of your rights and help protect your interests. Often, there is a time limit for reporting an injury and filing a claim. A skilled and compassionate lawyer can help you navigate the situation and help ensure that you are made whole.

Slipping and falling on the ice can be an unnerving experience. Often, you may not know the extent of your injuries immediately, or what responsibilities the property owner has. By acting quickly and taking the steps we’ve described above, you can be more sure that your health will be safeguarded and your interests protected.

workers-compensation-doctorMaryland law requires that most employers carry workers compensation insurance for all of their employees. These policies protect workers in the event of an accidental injury on the job, an occupational disease or a death resulting from employment. If you sustain an injury or illness because of your job, you can file a claim with the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission and receive compensation for your medical care and lost wages. However, some workers wonder whether they can continue to see the doctor of their choice even though they are no longer paying for care.

Can You Choose Your Doctor?

According to Maryland law, you cannot receive workers compensation benefits until you visit a physician who finds that the injury you sustained or illness you have acquired has caused you to become unable to work. However, even though your employer pays for the insurance policy, the law does not require you to see a doctor chosen by your employer or the Commission. Under the current law, you are free to choose any physician you want.

Tips for Injured or Ill Employees

If you have recently sustained a work-related injury or have symptoms of an occupational illness, see a physician as soon as possible. Your doctor will review your condition, prescribe a treatment program and possibly prohibit you from working if your condition is serious or disabling. In some cases, you may be released to work again if your condition improves. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully until that time.

If the injury or illness is serious enough to prevent you from working your job, report the incident to your employer as soon as possible, and file a claim for benefits with the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission. Maryland workers compensation law can be complicated. If you are confused about your rights as an injured or ill employee, contact a qualified Maryland workers compensation attorney for assistance. A qualified attorney can review your case and ensure that you get all of the compensation you are entitled to receive as a result of your illness or injury.

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