Slip and Fall Accidents
Falling is one of the major causes of injury and fatality for people who work in the construction trades, senior citizens, and anyone who happens to slip or trip and fall. A slip-and-fall accident causing serious injuries or death can happen under a variety of circumstances.
As experienced Baltimore County, Md. slip and fall accident injury lawyers, we know how Maryland laws, Maryland courts, Maryland Workers' Compensation, and insurance companies all play a critical role in these cases. Let's look at some of the common types of fall injuries.
Work Related Slip and Fall Accidents: The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), reports falls are the number-one cause of fatality in construction accidents. Construction related falls may result in workers falling many feet or stories to the ground or lower levels with disastrous results. These may include head, neck, and spine injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and other serious injuries or death.
According to OSHA, the most common hazards leading to construction work falls are unprotected sides, wall openings, and floor holes; improper scaffold construction; unguarded protruding steel rebars; and misuse of portable ladders. Construction workers may fall from roofs, scaffolding, cranes, and other elevations. OSHA reports that falls from elevation account for one-third of all deaths in the construction industry. (Source: OSHA.gov)
Senior Citizens and Slip and Fall Accidents: Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among adults aged 73 and older and the second leading cause of death for older adults ages 60 to 72. (Source: National Safety Council) Maryland nursing home liability may come into play in these types of cases where seniors slip and fall and break bones, suffer lacerations, or suffer head, neck, and spine injuries, which can cause permanent disability and death.
Premises Liability: Whether a fall takes place at work; in a store, restaurant, hotel, or other commercial place; or on someone's private property, issues regarding negligence and premises liability may come into play. Wet, slippery surfaces, obstacles in the way, and walkways or stairs in disrepair may lead to a person slipping, tripping and falling and suffering injury, or worse. Head and brain injuries resulting from falls can lead to paralysis or death.
However, these slip and fall accidents with injury or death are not open and shut cases in the State of Maryland -- even where an employer or property owner may be liable. Here's why….Maryland Contributory Negligence Law and Personal Injury Cases
Maryland is one of only five states that apply a contributory negligence law to personal injury cases. This means that if you, as the victim, are even partially responsible for your accident, you may not get the compensation or damages you hoped to receive. This is why if you have a slip and fall accident in Maryland, it's critical to retain an experienced Maryland slip and fall injury attorney. Accident victims who attempt to go it alone and represent themselves in these cases may be setting themselves up for not only disappointment, but a lifetime of regret. Our experienced Md. slip and fall accident injury lawyers will relieve you of the burden of dealing with legal matters, insurance companies, the opposing side's attorneys, and paperwork -- so you can recover from your injuries and move on with life.
Please contact the compassionate, experienced personal injury attorneys at Butschky & Butschky today for a complimentary consultation. Contact us online or call us at one of our conveniently located offices: In Sparks, Maryland at (410) 472-3651, in Baltimore at (410) 625-1121, or toll-free at (800) 722-6616. We look forward to assisting you with your case.