Black Ice Fall | Tenant

George Patterson represented a tenant that fell on black ice at a Gaithersburg Apartment complex.  The client had resided at the complex for two years and knew that crews would clear and treat the walkways within one day of the snow fall ending.  The tenant waited for that time to pass and she fell on an icy sidewalk.  The paramedics that arrived documented that the tenant fell on ice.

The building manager and the corporate designee for the complex were deposed.  Those depositions revealed that the complex considered it their duty to place salt on the sidewalks to prevent refreezing. Photographs taken that day showed that the crews failed to clear an area of snow on a staircase near the area of the fall.  An expert in snow removal hired by George Patterson visited the site and concluded that the snow from this un-cleared location would melt and refreeze over the area that the client fell. 
 
The insurance company faced with the admissions that were obtained in depositions, the expert reports and photographic evidence agreed to settle the case for $200,000.  The offer before suit was filed was $30,000.  

The personal injury lawyers at RGPH have litigated cases involving falls on black ice for the past 18 years.  The injury lawyers have prevailed in fall cases on black ice when the law was unfavorable to plaintiffs and have continued to prevail in black ice fall cases now that the law is more lenient on those who have fallen on black ice. 


If you fell on black ice or invisible ice and you reasonably believed that the area was not covered with ice please give the top rated Prince George's County and Montgomery County injury lawyers, Maria Patterson and George Patterson a call to schedule a free consultation at 301-383-1525. The injury lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson and Herriott have tried dozens of cases involving injuries that occurred as a result of falls on black ice. These trials have been for falls in Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Forestville, Suitland, Oxon Hill, Silver Spring, Landover, Largo, Laurel and College Park, Maryland.
The Maryland black ice fall lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties. The Maryland personal injury lawyers represent clients from Silver Spring, Waldorf, Oxon Hill, Suitland, Largo, Landover, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Olney, Prince Frederick, Brandywine, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Lexington Park, Columbia, Mayo, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Rockville, Bethesda, Solomons, Huntingtown, Chevy Chase, Owings, Germantown, Oxon Hill, Beltsville, Deale, Clinton, Severna Park, Laytonsville, Easton, Crofton, Columbia and La Plata.
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