Who is Responsible for a Sidewalk Accident in Maryland?

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For many of us, walking down the street is an everyday activity. You may find yourself utilizing the sidewalk when you take a walk, buy groceries, visit a friend, go to school or work, and more. Because sidewalks are such a large part of our daily routines, we do not often consider the dangers they can possess. Unfortunately, sidewalk accidents occur often, and they can result in serious injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in a sidewalk accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more.

How do sidewalk accidents occur?

Sidewalk accidents can occur for any number of reasons, but the most common causes include:

  • Cracks
  • Uneven pavement
  • Potholes
  • Snow and ice
  • Fallen branches, wet leaves, etc.

Sidewalk accidents can cause serious injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and more.

Who is responsible for a sidewalk accident?

Many people do not realize that property owners are responsible for the sidewalks adjacent to their properties. This means that if you fall on the sidewalk in front of someone’s home, the homeowner may be held responsible. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that your accident occurred as a result of another party’s negligence. It is important to note that after a weather event, property owners have a certain window of time to clear their property of snow and ice. Reach out to our firm to determine whether your accident occurred outside this timeframe.

What is the statute of limitations?

In Maryland, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the accident. This means that if you do not file your claim within three years, you will most likely be barred from taking legal action. While three years may sound like a long time, it is easy to let important deadlines pass while you are recovering from a serious injury. As a result, it is important to reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may deserve compensation for physical, emotional, and economic damages.

If you have been injured in a sidewalk accident in Maryland, our firm is here to help. We will fight to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal. Reach out today to discuss your case.

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