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ATTORNEY AND PROFESSOR
BRUCE N. DESIMONE, M.B.A., J.D., L.L.C.

Sample question and answer from Attorney Bruce N. Desimone

SLIP AND FALL


Q:  I Slipped and Fell in a Store. An attorney told me that I could not sue the store. Is this true?  

A:  Although, Maryland law permits you to sue the store, you must show that the store personnel knew of the hazard that caused you to fall and that they did not address the problem. If you cannot show this, you will likely not be able to collect against the store.

For example, a jar of ketchup breaks and splatters on the floor and store personnel are notified. If store personnel are immediately dispatched to clean up the spill, but you slip while the store employees are on their way to clean the floor, you will likely have no viable cause of action against the store. However, if the store employees were told of the mess at 11:00 a.m., but they did not clean it until 11:30 a.m. and you slipped on the ketchup at 11:26 a.m. you might prevail in a suit against the store.

Each case depends on a variety of factors. If you have an injury, you should consult with an attorney regarding the facts of your specific case. Please feel free to contact the Law Office of Bruce N. Desimone, M.B.A., J.D., L.L.C. at 301-459-1414 to schedule an initial consultation. Before taking action, you should consult with an attorney who can evaluate your specific case. 

 

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