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Property owners’ slip-and-fall responsibilities

Anytime you visit a public place where the walking surface is wet or oily, you can risk slipping and falling. This is especially true this time of year, when rainy or snowy conditions in Maryland can make parking lots, sidewalks and store entryways hazardous. At the Law Offices of Scott N. Bergman, LLC, we feel it is important to let you know the ways in which store owners and property managers must attempt to make their premises safer for you and others in slippery conditions.

What is the effect of contributory negligence in Maryland?

In Maryland, if you have been injured because of the negligence of another person, you may be less likely to recover damages resulting from your injury if your own negligence contributed to the cause of your injury. This is so because Maryland law still recognizes the doctrine of contributory negligence as the law of the land.

What are common slipping and tripping hazards?

Maryland residents like you can easily have your whole day turned upside down by something as simple as a lack of maintenance on public property. The Law Offices of Scott N. Bergman, LLC, focus on helping you gain compensation for your slip-and-fall accidents, which can start by identifying potential hazards that can cause these accidents to happen.

Do store owners have an obligation to warn customers?

As simple as shopping at a retail store may be, there are often behind-the-scenes considerations of which the average shopper may be unaware; not the least of these is the store owner’s concern about shopper safety. In Maryland, a conscientious store owner will satisfy any duty owed to you by meeting that standard of care required by the nature of your visit.

Government can be found liable in slip-and-falls

As many Maryland residents know, sustaining an injury due to a circumstance out of one's control is often frustrating and feels unfair. When the injury happens in a public place, such as on a road or sidewalk, in a park or a government building, there are laws limiting the responsibility of the government until in charge of the area.

Just how dangerous are wet floors?

You see the caution signs all the time in shopping centers, airports, or any other public place in Maryland that has a slick floor. Whenever someone mops the floor up or spills water on it, a sign cautioning people that it's wet is supposed to be put up. But are these warnings necessary? How dangerous are wet floors?

What conditions contribute to slip accidents?

Residents all across Maryland lead busy lives, just like you. You have an extensive to-do list and a lot of work to cram into your daily schedule, and that can include traveling to many different stores at all hours of the day. Unfortunately, this can increase your chance of getting into a slip-and-fall accident.

What makes a premises liability claim?

Many in Maryland are aware of the idea of slip-and-fall accidents, which can cause injury to the patron of a business and cause them financial harm as a result of medical bills and lost wages during recovery. Premises liability, or the idea that the person in charge of a space is responsible for what happens in that space, can be far-reaching, but all injuries are not the fault of the owner. As Communities Digital News explains, an injury is not automatically the fault of the business where it occurs.

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