Slip-and-Falls on Maryland Public Sidewalks

Can You Sue the Government When You Trip on a Sidewalk?

Slip-and-Falls on Maryland Public SidewalksIf you’re like many folks in Maryland, you’re probably starting to get a little cabin fever as a result of the state’s “shelter-in-place” requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, one of the outdoor activities permitted is exercise, including taking a walk in your neighborhood, provided you keep a safe distance from others. With more people out walking, though, the risk of slip-and-falls necessarily increases. What happens if you slip and fall on a city-owned sidewalk? Can you bring legal action against a municipality for such an accident?

The good news is that local, county, and state governments may be held responsible for slip-and-fall accidents on public sidewalks. The legal process, though, is different than it is for slip-and-falls on private property. If you are injured on a public sidewalk, you must bring any claim for damages under the Maryland Tort Claims Act, which requires that you file your complaint much sooner than required for private claims. A claim under the MTCA must be submitted within one year of the date of your accident, whereas a private claim typically can be filed up to three years from the date of injury. The initial claim must be filed with the Maryland State Treasurer.

Experienced Baltimore County Personal Injury Attorney

Maryland SuperLawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has protected the rights of personal injury victims in Baltimore and throughout the state for more than 30 years. He’s AV-rated by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine. A proven trial attorney known for obtaining positive results for clients, he’s received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars(the highest rating possible), and he has a perfect 10.0 (Superb) AVVO rating as a litigator.

Effective Howard County Slip-and-Fall Lawyer

If you have been injured on a city sidewalk in Maryland, we can help. Contact our office by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. There’s no cost for your first consultation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Duties of Property Owners in Maryland—Accumulation of Snow and Ice

Inner Harbor, Baltimore Burried in Snowpocalypse

Winter is upon us, and in Maryland, that means snow and ice. Just walking down the street or going shopping can be treacherous. Under Maryland law, the owner or personal in control of residential or commercial property has a duty to reasonably maintain the premises that minimizes the risk of injury to anyone lawfully on the property. How does that apply to accumulation of snow and ice in the Maryland winters?

In Maryland, the duty imposed on property owners can be offset by what is known as “contributory negligence.” Under the concept of contributory negligence, if a person knew or should have known of a potential danger, but still took the risk, they may be considered at fault and denied a right to compensation.

With respect to ice and snow accumulation, the right to recover compensation may depend on the type of ice/snow and how quickly it built up. There are at least two cases that hold that a person cannot be contributorily negligent when the ice is “black ice,” essentially invisible to the naked eye. An owner or landlord may also escape liability if a jury determines that his or her actions in attempting to remove snow or ice were “reasonable.”

Proven Baltimore County Personal Injury Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has fought for personal injury victims throughout Maryland for more than 30 years. He understands the devastating effect a personal injury can have on every aspect of your life, so he’ll work hard to get compensation for all your losses.

Attorney Smith has been honored as a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine. A multiple recipient of the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), he also has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO. As a testament to the regard with which he is held in the legal community, he’s AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System.

Top-Rated Columbia, MD Accident Injury Lawyer

We offer comprehensive legal counsel to anyone who has suffered a needless injury because of the carelessness or negligence of others. Send us an e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent personal injury victims in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.


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