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Slip-and-fall incidents can occur just about anywhere

Whether it is caused by a spill on a grocery store floor, an uneven sidewalk or a neighbor's icy front porch, slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. While many people in Maryland may already know that stores have the duty to keep their premises properly maintained, they may not know that both local governments and owners of private residences must also keep their property adequately maintained.

When a slip-and-fall accident occurs, the first step you should take is getting medical help. This will help avoid further injury. Even if you don't think you are injured at first, seeing a medical professional could be helpful, as some injuries do not manifest themselves until hours or days after the accident. Seeing a doctor is also a good way to document the injuries you suffered, should you choose to pursue a lawsuit.

After that, it is important to prove liability. While in general one needs to show that the property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition but failed to fix it or alert visitors to the danger, the elements for bringing a slip-and-fall lawsuit against a store, a private property owner or a municipality may differ slightly. 

Unfortunately, after a slip-and-fall accident, the accident victim may be facing a mountain of bills. Hospital bills may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of compensation, but in some circumstances, it may be possible to seek compensation for future medical expenses as well. The types of damages available depend on your unique case. It is important to hold property owners responsible for their negligence. For more information, visit our slip-and-fall accidents page.

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