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Trip hazard on sidewalk results in woman's injuries after fall

All Maryland residents are responsible for their own safety and well-being. At times, obstacles and safety issues can prevent maintaining one's own personal safety. After a slip-and-fall accident, one woman claimed that a business owner and the local government's lack of sidewalk maintenance resulted in her injuries. She recently settled with the local government for $19,000.

According to the lawsuit, the woman had just made a purchase inside a liquor store. Upon leaving the store, she tripped over an exposed bolt in the sidewalk. The bolt had been placed to secure some sort of garbage can at one point but was not securing a can at the time of the accident. The trip resulted in the woman suffering injuries.

She filed a lawsuit and, in arbitration, she was awarded $125,000. The ruling stated that the city and the business would share liability, although both felt the other should bear all responsibility. The city was to share 10 percent of the award. The city recently settled the case with the woman for $19,000 to prevent to continue to accrue legal expenses and fees as the case continued through the courts.

Many people are fearful of considering any type of lawsuit, but victims who have secured compensation through legal means can likely attest to the financial relief it often brings. Medical treatment for injuries can be very expensive and can result in a financial burden. Injuries can also result in chronic pain, making having a good quality of life difficult. Personal injury attorneys in Maryland can assist victims with understanding their rights and options when considering a similar slip-and-fall accident.

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