Below are form interrogatories to be served on the defendant in a slip and fall case. There are more resources available in these premises liability cases at the bottom of this page.
The most common type of premises liability lawsuits our lawyers handle are “slip and fall” claims. The victim in these cases claims that an unexpected condition on the defendant’s premises caused her to fall. The battleground usually centers on two issues: (1) the duty not to create a dangerous condition and/or (2) the duty to remedy a dangerous condition after she had actual or constructive notice of the hazard.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY, MARYLAND
MICHELLE E. MITCHELL,
STATE OF MARYLAND,
PLAINTIFF’S INTERROGATORIES TO DEFENDANT
TO: STATE OF MARYLAND, Defendant
FROM: MICHELLE E. MITCHELL, Plaintiff
Plaintiff, Michelle Mitchell, by and through her attorneys, R and Miller & Zois, LLC, requests that Defendant, the State of Maryland (hereinafter “Defendant”), answer the following Interrogatories fully, under oath, and in accordance with the Maryland Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 3-421, subject to the instructions set forth below:
- These Interrogatories are continuing in character. You are required by Maryland law to file supplementary answers if you obtain further or different information before after this lawsuit was filed but before trial.
- Unless otherwise stated, these Interrogatories refer to the time, place, and circumstances of the occurrence mentioned or complained of in the Complaint.
- For answers where the name and identity of a person is required, please state the full name, home address, and business address, if known.
- Where knowledge or information in possession of a party is requested, such request includes knowledge of the party’s agents, representatives, and unless privileged, his attorneys. When an answer is made by the corporate defendant, state the name, address, and title of persons supplying the information and making the affidavit, and announce the source of his or her information.
- The pronoun “you” refers to the State of Maryland and related entities.
- “Identify” when referring to an individual, corporation or other entity shall mean to set forth the name and telephone number and, if a corporation or other entity, its principal place of business or, if an individual, the present or last known home address, his or her job title or titles, her employer, and address of the place of employment.
- Please identify the person or persons responding to these Interrogatories for the state of Maryland. Please identify in your answer each person who has provided information in connection with these interrogatory answers.
- Identify the owner of the premises known as the Maryland Avenue Garage, located at 1111 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Maryland (hereinafter the “Premises”) as of February 20, 2017.
- Identify the party who was responsible for maintaining the walkways and common areas of the Maryland Avenue Garage.
- Identify any person or a party other than the defendants to this lawsuit whom you contend caused or contributed to the occurrence complained of, including any architect, engineer, designer, contractor, subcontractor or others. Include in your answer whether you blame Plaintiff for Plaintiff’s own injuries.
- Identify each employee, agent and/or servant, or any other person with knowledge of the incident. For each such individual, identify his or her job title and job function being performed by that individual at the time of this slip and fall accident, and the summary of what knowledge the witness has.
- Identify any individual you are aware of that has knowledge of the facts and circumstances of this case, including but not limited to eyewitnesses, people claiming to be eyewitnesses and any individuals who arrived at the scene of Plaintiff’s October 20, 2020 slip and fall within five (5) hours after the accident.
- If anyone investigated this matter for you including, but not limited to, medical experts, private investigators, or insurance adjusters, state their name(s) and address(es), and state whether such investigation was reduced to writing, and the substance of their investigation and findings. If said investigators obtained any signed, recorded, transcribed or oral statement from any individual, identify the person who gave the statement and the present custodian of such statement.
- Identify each person interviewed concerning the incident. For each such person state the date of the interview; the substance of the interview and if the interview was recorded and/or transcribed.
- Identify each written report made by any person concerning the incident.
- Please state in your own words what you believe happened to the plaintiff while she was on the Premises, and include in your answer the basis upon which you have formed that belief.
- State whether or not the Premises were equipped with a video surveillance camera and, if so, whose responsibility it was on the date of the occurrence to monitor the surveillance camera and whether there are still tapes from the date of the occurrence and the week both before and after the occurrence.
- Describe the lighting, both artificial and natural, of the area in question at the time the plaintiff was injured.
- If you know of the existence of any pictures, photographs, plats, visual recorded images, police reports, diagrams, or objects relative to the occurrence, the Plaintiff’s physical condition or the scene of the occurrence, identify the substance of such recording and the present custodian of each such item.
- Do you know of any statement, conversation, comment, testimony, or report made by any party to this lawsuit or witness, including the Plaintiff, made at the time of the occurrence or following the occurrence, concerning the occurrence or facts relevant to any issue in this case? If your answer is “yes,” state the content of such statement, conversation, comment or report, the place where it took place and the custodian of such statement.
- State the name and s
pecialty of all experts whom you propose to call as witnesses at trial. For each expert, state the subject matter on which the expert is expected to testify, the substance of the findings and opinions to which the expert is expected to testify and attach to your Answers copies of all written reports of each such expert.
- Do you believe that you did everything that you could to prevent Plaintiff’s injuries? Set forth everything that you did to avoid the accident that occurred. Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
- Please identify your correct legal entity and identify, stating the date on which such entity was formed, the State of incorporation, the name(s) and address(es) of all officers, directors, general partners, limited partners, and all other parties with any interest in your organization.
- Identify any previous or subsequent incidents of which you are aware that occurred in substantially the same manner as the incident complained of in this lawsuit, or which also occurred at the Premises, including a description of all premise liability claims made involving this property over the last 10 years.
- Identify any procedures which you followed, at and before the time of the occurrence, concerning the inspection, repair, maintenance, cleaning, and/or ice removal of the area where Plaintiff’s injuries occurred.
- Identify any warnings, whether verbal or written (such as by a sign or otherwise) which were given to the Plaintiff specifically, and/or to other invitees to the Premises, in general before the occurrence concerning the condition which caused or contributed to the occurrence.
- Do you think Plaintiff knew or should have known the area in which Plaintiff fell was not safe to be walked on by Plaintiff or anyone else? Set forth all facts upon which you intend to rely upon at trial to support your answer.
- Identify when you were first notified of the fact that the area in which Plaintiff fell presented a hazardous condition to invitees on the Premises because of ice.
- At the time of Plaintiff’s injury, do you contend that any person or entity other than you managed or controlled the Premises on which Plaintiff alleges she was injured? If so, state each and every fact on which you base the contention and identify each writing that supports that contention.
- At the time of Plaintiff’s injury, do you contend that any person or entity other than you and/or your employees, agents, and/or servants was responsible for the maintenance of the Premises on which Plaintiff alleges she was injured? If so, state each fact on which you base your contention and identify each and every writing that supports that contention.
- Do you believe that a reasonably prudent person traveling across the area in question should have been able to maintain his/her balance and avoided the fall?
- What efforts were made by the state of Maryland to correct the condition which Plaintiff contends caused her injuries?
- Please describe what training procedures, if any, are followed in the course of training Defendant’s employees with regard to invitees on the Premises slipping and/or falling. This includes any written material, slides, photographs, films, videotapes, etc. which Defendant utilizes in training employees on how to avoid slip and fall injuries
Miller & Zois, LLC
Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
Laura G. Zois
1 South St, #2450
Baltimore, MD 21202
Attorneys for the Plaintiff