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

Brain Injuries

Many call traumatic brain injuries the invisible injury. That is because, often, a mild traumatic brain injury only shows itself after spending some time with the injured person who is capable of carrying on a superficial conversation. Nevertheless, the injury is still severe and you should make sure to find an attorney who has handled these injuries in the past.

Broken Bones

Significant wrecks usually result in broken bones. Broken bones are easily visible on X-Rays but they are not always easily healed. Bones could reform together improperly causing a nonunion or malunion. Sometimes broken bones require hardware to correct and, then, sometimes the hardware has to be removed. These issues are all at play in a personal injury case with a broken bone.

Paralysis or Spine Injuries

Spine injuries range on a spectrum. Some injuries result in paralysis including the loss of use of limbs. Other injuries result in pain, numbness, shooting sensations, extremity pain, etc. While some of these injuries can be treated conservatively with physical therapy or injections, others may be so serious as to require surgery by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. 

Muscle or Ligament Injuries

Not all injuries are broken bones or structural damages. Many times, car wrecks cause injuries to muscles or ligaments that affect the spine or the shoulder or other body parts. These muscle or ligament injuries can sometimes be worse than a broken bone because they can take much longer to heal. Some may never heal. 

Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement

Permanent disfigurement resulting in the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb, or scarring injuries particularly to the face or other commonly visible places are troublesome injuries to live with. Those types of injuries could be cured by plastic surgery and, if so, you must consult with a specialist.

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one to illness is hard; losing a loved one because of another’s actions or inaction is significantly more difficult. Families who have had a loved one murdered, die as a result of a drunk driving accident, or lose their lives in the workplace because of poor safety standards have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit or a claim for death benefits.

 
 
If you’ve suffered one of these injuries, you may be wondering

What Damages May I Recover?

– Medical Expense
– Pain and Suffering
– Inconvenience
– 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.

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