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What happens if I injured myself at my friend’s house or apartment?

If your friend is a homeowner, they probably have homeowners insurance as protection in case someone is injured on the property. If your friend rents the property, they may have renters insurance, or some type of “umbrella coverage,” for the same protection. “Umbrella coverage” is an extension of an individual’s home or auto insurance. In addition, if your friend is a renter, the land owner probably has insurance coverage for claims arising from injuries on the property.
About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -“All we do is injury law.” We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you’d like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at (833) 997-1774.
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What are “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” injuries?

A “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” is the term used for an injury occurring when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a hazardous or dangerous condition on someone else’s property. Slips, trips, and falls commonly occur as a result of water, ice, snow, changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard.Over eight million people were injured in falls in 2004, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. A majority of slip and fall injuries are accrued by older individuals. In 2005, over 15,000 people age 65 or older died from injuries attributed to a fall, according to the Center for Disease Control. Roughly 1.8 million age 65 and older were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, and over 433,000 of these people were hospitalized. If you are on someone else’s property and are injured as a result of a dangerous condition on the property, the landowner may be liable for the injury or injuries. The person or company using the land can also be liable, like the store,restaurant or business renting the building,if they were the ones at fault. The injured person must show that the land owner or user did something wrong to hold them responsible, like that they created a danger, failed to inspect the premises, or carelessly failed to warn of a hidden hazard.
About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -“All we do is injury law.” We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you’d like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at (833) 997-1774.
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If I file a lawsuit against a landowner in response to a slip and fall accident, what are some of the things the landowner might argue against my claim?

The most common argument espoused by property owners in a slip and fall case is that even though you were injured on their property, they should not be held responsible. If the hazardous condition was temporary such as an accumulation of water after an ice storm, owners will probably argue that the conditions occurred so soon before the slip and fall incident that they could not have prevented it. They can also argue that a dangerous condition was so open and obvious that you should have seen it and, therefore, are at fault for your own injury. You should also expect the land owner, or the owner’s attorney, to argue that you fell because of carelessness, inattentiveness, or even being intoxicated at the time of the injury. These arguments are why you need an experienced injury lawyer who can represent you and challenge any erroneous accusations made by the land owner or their attorney.
About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -“All we do is injury law.” We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you’d like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at (833) 997-1774.
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