After some types of accidents, it may be difficult for a person to remember the circumstances leading up to their injury, or understand exactly how it occurred. In a recent Maryland negligence case, the plaintiff could not remember the events leading up to a fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. She filed suit against the owners of the store and strip mall where she was injured, alleging negligence claims. The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland decided the matter in an October 22, 2019 decision.
The plaintiff in the case suffered a head injury as she exited a store located in a strip mall. Although the plaintiff did not remember anything about the accident, the store owner was present at the time. He testified that while he did not see the plaintiff fall, he saw her backing out of the door with her hands full. Shortly thereafter, he saw the plaintiff on the ground and went to help her. Two days after the fall, the plaintiff was hospitalized with a hematoma, consistent with having fallen and struck her head, and underwent emergency surgery.
The plaintiff filed a negligence action against the defendants, alleging in the complaint that her injuries were caused by a defective door. Specifically, she alleged that the door suddenly and without warning flung open as she exited the store, causing her to fall and hit her head onto the concrete sidewalk. The circuit court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, concluding that there was no evidence of any defect in the door, nor that she fell due to an issue with the door. The plaintiff subsequently appealed the decision.