Slip and Fall

Slip and FallD.C. and Maryland Slip and Fall Attorney

Entering into a supermarket or shopping center we often do not pay much attention to the floor in front of us. We depend on shop owners to ensure they have placed visible warning signs if a floor is wet or if there may be other hazards we should be aware of that can cause us to fall. It is important to be aware that if you are shopping and someone in front of you drops a bottle of soap and you subsequently fall, the owner is not responsible for this as they could not have reasonably known about the spill. However, if you walk into a store and there is a spill that causes a fall and it’s later determined that spill was a couple of hours old, they could be liable.

Common Causes:

  • A business fails to use hazard signs
  • An aisle with items in disarray (items on the floor)

It is a merchant’s obligation to the customer to maintain a safe environment. Keeping the floor free of hazardous material and notifying the customer when an area is hazardous (i.e wet floor sign) is part of that job.

It is your job as the injured person to document:

  • When the accident took place
  • Note whether or not there were signs noting that the area was hazardous
  • Record where the accident took place and the business
  • See  if there are witnesses if possible
  • Document any images of your injuries
  • Document any medical attention that was needed.

Slip and fall accidents can happen in all kinds of environments, not just in stores. For example, you could slip and fall on a set of stairs when the stairs are uneven or you could slip and fall on a slippery sidewalk. Property owners can be held liable for the injuries you suffer if there is a reasonable belief they should have known about the hazard and taken steps to prevent your injury. If you believe a slip and fall accident that occurred in Maryland or D.C. was caused because someone failed to provide a proper warning, contact the slip and fall/trip and fall attorneys at Morris LLP at (301) 731-1000 for a free case evaluation. There is no fee unless we win your case.


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