Slip / Trip and Fall Accidents
Slips, trips, and falls can have serious consequences. Such accidents often cause significant, even permanent personal injury, including orthopedic injuries. The elderly are particularly susceptible to suffering serious injuries from such accidents. Emergency medical treatment often results from slips, trips, and falls, involving a wide variety of personal injuries, including broken bones (such as a broken hip, arm, or shoulder), back injuries, head / brain injuries, and even death.
Slips, trips, and falls can happen for many reasons. Common causes include:
- Wet or slippery floors (or floor coverings)
- Torn or unsecured carpets or mats
- Ice or snow
- Poor lighting / dark or unsafe conditions
- Broken or non-existent handrails
- Broken or inadequate stairs, steps, or ladders
- Deficient escalators and elevators
- Broken or deficient chairs
- Hidden holes or other concealed dangers
- Crowded or inadequate walkways
- Cracked, uneven, or dangerous sidewalks or other walkways
If you suffer such an injury, please contact Mallon LLC, as soon as possible.
Premises Liability. Common types of premises liability accidents include hidden or concealed dangers, falling merchandise in stores, dangerous objects falling from the ceiling, and unattended swimming pools (children).
Under the law, the duty owed by an owner or operator of property is determined by the reason the injured victim is on the property. Usually, a customer of a commercial place of business is designated as what the law calls an, “invitee.” The operator of a store owes a legal duty to an invitee to exercise required care to keep the business premises in a reasonably safe condition and will be liable for injuries sustained from a failure to do so. Under the law, the customer is entitled to assume that the proprietor will exercise reasonable care to ascertain the condition of the premises, and if the store operator discovers any unsafe condition, he or she will either take such action as will correct the condition and make it reasonably safe or will give a warning of the unsafe condition. The duties of a business operator thus include the obligation to warn invitees of known hidden dangers, a duty to inspect, and a duty to take reasonable precautions against foreseeable dangers. The store operator is responsible for a dangerous condition the operator creates.
Other legal duties are owed by social (or other non-business) hosts, when guests (or other persons) are injured on their property.
If you have been seriously injured on the premises of another through no fault of your own, please contact Mallon LLC, immediately, for a no-cost evaluation of legal claims that you may have. Mallon LLC are your premises liability attorneys in Baltimore, MD, Prince George’s County, MD and throughout Maryland and Washington DC. Let us help you determine whether there was any premises negligence.