Bad falls can severely injure you.
Premises liability cases are some of the toughest cases in Virginia. The law is stacked against injured people who fall on the property of another. You are required to prove that the property owner or occupier knew or reasonably should have known that a dangerous condition existed on the property. Beyond that, the evidence must show that the landowner or occupier failed to warn you or protect you from that defect.
What makes these cases even more difficult, is that the insurance company will likely say that the defect was “open and obvious.” This is a legal buzzword in Virginia. It means that you should have seen the dangerous condition and you should have avoided it. It is a form of contributory negligence that would bar your recovery completely. Contributory negligence is a 100% bar of any recovery in Virginia. Many of these cases come down to this question: could you have seen and avoided the danger by exercising your own reasonable diligence.
In many instances, grocery stores or big-box department stores have all of the information you need to prove your case. But they aren’t just going to give you that information. This makes it even more difficult to evaluate whether your case can be won.
Slip and fall accidents can injure normal people in one of many different ways
If you’ve suffered one of these injuries, you may be wondering
What Damages May I Recover?
- Medical Expense
- Pain and Suffering
- Permanent Impairment or Disfigurement
- Lost Wages
- Lost Earning Capacity
Do you have a slip and fall case?
Contacting a personal injury attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia can help you recover financially after an accident. Since there is a two-year window for you to be able to file a lawsuit, the sooner you contact an attorney, the better. When a property owner or occupier knows—or should know—of a dangerous condition on their property and doesn’t warn you, they are responsible for your injuries. You have rights under Virginia law and an attorney can help you preserve those rights.