Baltimore/Washington Area Lawyers Are Ready To Act If You Slip And Fall
It’s funny when a cartoon character steps on a banana peel, flies into the air, then crashes to the floor, but if you’re injured from a slip and fall accident in Baltimore, Maryland or Virginia it’s no laughing matter. There’s a reason you fell, and it may not be your fault! Many fall related accidents are due to someone else’s negligence.
You can’t afford to chalk this accident up to clumsiness. You’ve got mountains of medical bills to pay. You’ll be out of work. How will you survive? You need a local lawyer who will work hard to sort out the facts concerning your case.
When you slip and fall in Maryland it seems to happen in the flash of an eye. As quickly as you hit the ground your mind is flooded with questions:
- What happened?
- What did I slip on?
- Why did I fall?
- Did I break something?
- How do I get help?
Maybe you were knocked out cold from a fall in Baltimore. When you fell did you bang your head against something or did your head hit the ground? Maybe you regained consciousness in a Maryland hospital and can’t remember anything about your fall—much less how you got to the hospital. When you’ve fallen, whether you remember the details or not, you need help. You need medical attention and legal representation, for certain. Many slip and fall victims immediately recognize the cause of their fall. Whether it’s an un-shoveled parking lot, a patch of black ice, or a liquid on a grocery store. But regardless of what caused your fall, you should talk to an experienced lawyer.
Focus on recovering and let Bob Katz’s personal injury lawyers in Baltimore go to work for you. They’re experienced in gathering the facts about accidents such as yours and assessing whether you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. They will find factual answers to your questions, including:
- Where did I fall?
- What was I doing when I fell?
- What caused my feet to slip out from under me?
- What injuries do I have from falling?
- Are my injuries going to cost a lot of money to treat?
- Am I going to be able to work?
- How am I going to take care of myself while I recover?
- Was the condition I fell on unreasonably dangerous?
- Was the condition I fell on unreasonably slippery?
- Did the premises owner or proprietor have prior knowledge about the condition and failed to clean it up in a reasonable manner or within a reasonable time?
Bob Katz’s legal team is poised and ready for action because it’s likely that your accident wasn’t your fault. You were minding your own business, but due to the negligent oversight of someone else you’re now injured and in pain. Depending on the facts discovered in your case you could be entitled to compensation and you could be awarded money for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages for any work you missed due to the injury
- Pain and suffering
- Legal expenses
Bob Katz and his Personal Injury Lawyers represent slip and fall accident victims who are wrongfully suffering from fall-related injuries in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. If you’re in pain after an accidental slip or fall in Virginia, DC, or Maryland, call 1-888-540-2599 for a free and confidential consultation with experienced attorneys.
As winter slowly comes to an end we begin a month-long battle with April showers. This means inverted umbrellas, walkways full of mud, and slippery sidewalks. On top of that, we are sure to see several entrances to stores and offices covered with tracked-in outdoor elements. Not only will we struggle with keeping dry this April, but also with maintaining balance. The trouble with the wet weather is that it poses just as real of a risk of injury as does the ice and snow; this is especially true for those of us who commute by walking or exercise by running. Medical professionals have begun to remind many Maryland residents this spring that what may seem like a small bump on the head sustained in a slip and fall is often much more.
The Danger of a Slip and Fall
It happens to all of us. You are walking along, and suddenly, you’re not. Whether the fall is caused by ice, snow, or rain, you are sure to notice a quick jolt of pain as you slide to the ground. The problem comes with the reaction you have next. Most of us will simply look around, take a quick assessment of our limbs, and carry on with our day – all the while never realizing that we may have done serious damage to our bodies. Bumps to the head, especially in the elderly, are one of the leading causes of hematoma (this is when blood pools into the outermost layer covering your brain). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 8,000 children are treated each day in United States’ emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. According to many health experts, a fall is the most common cause of a traumatic brain injury. Medical expenses related directly to fall-induced injuries cost the United States approximately $19 billion dollars each year. This cost can be reduced by understanding exactly what to do if you think you may have been injured by a fall.
What to Do
It is important to evaluate what part of your body made contact with the ground. This information will be useful should you need to see a doctor in the future. Health experts also warn that helping someone who has fallen stand up too quickly could make matters work. The health director at MAC Incorporated, Leigh Anne Angle, recently warned, “we ask people not to move because you always have to be concerned of a head or neck injury.” The most important step you may take after a fall is to consult your doctor. You may have an injury to your head without even having signs or symptoms. For example, if a hematoma exists it could be weeks before you notice the signs.
Know Your Rights
Property owners in the state of Maryland are responsible for keeping their land clear of wet leaves or other accumulation that might cause someone to slip. Store owners are responsible for posting warning signs if a danger, like a wet floor, exists. If an owner fails to do this and someone is injured as a result, that person is entitled to compensation. Compensation is not always easy to get out of an insurance company and can take up a good deal of time. That’s where we come in. Our team of compassionate and professional attorneys will help you to seek recovery for your medical bills and pain. Contact our office today for a free evaluation of your case.