Aging is an expected and inevitable part of life that comes with many health challenges that can lead to slip and fall accidents. When these accidents happen outside of the home due to the negligence of another, you may be eligible for compensation. Maryland attorney Douglas Lauenstein discusses five things you and your elder should know about slip and fall accidents.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
Property owners are responsible for keeping their properties safe. A slip and fall accident (and the follow-up claim that normally happens after) occurs when someone slips or falls on a business or another person’s property due to dangerous conditions, including structural defects, trip hazards, or weather-related hazards.
Damages After a Slip and Fall Accident
After a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for damages, including economic, noneconomic, or punitive damages. An attorney can help you determine which damages may apply for your situation.
Eligibility to File a Slip and Fall Claim
In the case of a slip and fall claim, a person must typically prove that the property owner was negligent. They must also prove the property owner owed the claimant protection or warning against dangerous conditions, that they breached this duty, and that the injury occurred as a result of that breach.
Should You Settle After a Slip and Fall Accident?
Depending on the circumstances of your slip and fall accident, insurance companies may pay claimants a lump sum or structured settlement to drop the slip and fall claim. While this is a common way to settle slip and fall claims out of court, it is important to consult an attorney to make sure you receive everything you are entitled to.
Speak to the Experienced and Knowledgeable Maryland Elder Law Attorney Douglas C. Lauenstein
Picking the right attorney can be stressful and overwhelming. At the Law Offices of Douglas C. Lauenstein, experienced and knowledgeable attorney Douglas C. Lauenstein will work with you to make a plan for you and your loved ones that will alleviate confusion and stress. Contact Douglas C. Lauenstein today.