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Accidents resulting in personal injuries are a common occurrence in our lives. They can happen in your home, apartment, at a store or office, or on streets and sidewalks.
Maryland law says that property owners cannot carelessly expose their visitors to unnecessary danger. For example, a store owner who fails to keep the floors of their store clean and dry, or a shopping mall operator whose sidewalks are cracked and uneven. If someone is hurt as a result, the store or mall is responsible for the harm they've caused.
Unfortunately, its not always that simple!
Your claim is only as good as the evidence that supports it. Because of this, it is critical that certain things be quickly done to preserve and protect your ability to get what you deserve.
The success of a claim for injury on property, for example, almost always depends on being able to establish and prove the exact circumstances present and the condition of the hazard that caused your injury as it existed when you were hurt. It is critical to record exactly what happened to you, and get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses to your accident.
If you are able, photograph and videotape the scene of your injury, and preserve all physical evidence. Lost or destroyed evidence can prove fatal to your case at trial. Evidence should be secured and stored in a safe place where its condition is kept unchanged. If the claim involves a defective product, it is important to retain, if possible, the actual product that caused the injury, as well as its packaging, instruction booklets, and any other paperwork that came with it.
It is also important for you to document and record your injuries. Photographs should be taken of any bruises, stitches, or other visible signs of injury before they have disappeared or been removed. These photos can provide valuable support to show what you went through because of the accident.
It is also helpful to keep a daily log of the medical and financial consequences of your injury. In your log, keep a record of hospital visits, doctor appointments, medical treatments, the day-to-day effects of your injuries, your course of healing, medical bills, time missed from work and earnings lost, and other expenses you have because of your injuries.
It is important to act quickly to preserve your rights to compensation from those who caused your injuries.
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