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.