Assertive Washington, D.C. Slip and Fall Attorneys Represent Accident Victims
Skilled District of Columbia lawyers seek damages for medical costs and more
When a slip, trip, or fall requires medical attention and renders you unable to work, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensation for your lost wages and medical expenses. The attorneys at May Lightfoot, PLLC in Washington, D.C. have years of experience handling premises liability lawsuits in the courts of the District of Columbia and Maryland. We understand the differences that factor into accidents on residential property versus commercial property, and we know the ways that defendants’ attorneys try to avoid responsibility for paying your claims. Our legal team will develop a strategic, individualized approach in pursuit of the best possible outcome for your case.
Experienced counselors advise individuals injured on dangerous premises
Potholes, puddles and ice can turn parking lots, sidewalks and driveways into hazardous places. Restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, schools and playgrounds all have their own distinct types of risk areas. Slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere. Some common causes of slip and fall injuries include:
- Wet floors — Slipping on a wet surface may cause you to fall on your back or on one of your hands or limbs as you try to break the impact. Either can cause injury.
- Poor building maintenance — Inadequate lighting and uneven steps are two of the common building maintenance issues that can lead to trips and falls down stairs. Malfunctioning escalators also cause slip and fall injuries.
- Loose fixtures — Leaning your weight on a handrail that isn’t properly fixed in place can cause you to go down hard. Loose fixture issues contribute to many slip and fall accidents.
- Dangerous property conditions — Homeowners and business owners may neglect their duty of care and endanger visitors in various ways, such as by allowing debris or other obstructive materials to collect in central passageways.
If you’ve suffered a slip and fall accident caused by any of these scenarios, we can advocate for your rights to compensation. We also represent people who trip and fall in ladder and scaffolding accidents and other construction site accidents.
Determined lawyers work to hold liable parties accountable
After a slip and fall injury, you should be prepared to put up a fight to prove you are entitled to compensation. Both Washington, D.C. and Maryland use the rule of contributory negligence to determine who is liable for the costs of an injury claim. Under this system, if the injured person bears any responsibility for the slip, trip or fall, he or she will be unable to seek compensation from any other party that contributed to the accident. This is true even if a property owner is almost entirely responsible for the conditions that caused the accident while the injured person made a minor error in judgment that contributed to his or her injuries. Therefore, to hold another person or business accountable for the costs of your injuries in a D.C. personal injury lawsuit, you must be able to show that the other party’s negligence directly contributed to the cause of your accident and that you bear no responsibility.
There is a three-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in the District of Columbia. Though this may seem like a long time, the sooner you explore your legal options after your injury, the better. Evidence is more readily available right after the incident, before a property owner has time to alter the scene of the accident. Surveillance footage and witness memories are also more likely to be preserved closer to the time of the accident. Consulting an attorney promptly will allow your legal team to seek out evidence and conduct investigations right away.
Contact hardworking District of Columbia slip and fall injury litigators for a free consultation
Located in Washington, D.C., the law firm of May Lightfoot, PLLC vigorously represents slip and fall accident victims hurt on premises in the District of Columbia and Maryland. To schedule your free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, call our office at 202-919-6463 or contact us online.