Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What type of damages can a victim of an escalator or elevator accident collect?

    A victim of this type of accident can pursue damages for:

    • Diagnostic testing (X-rays, MRIs, scans, etc)
    • Emergency room care
    • Physician appointments
    • Medical devices, such as crutches, braces, wheelchairs, etc.
    • Physical therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Treatment for emotional injuries, such as PTSD, anxiety, etc.
    • Lost income if unable to work while recovering
    • Reimbursement for home help and/or childcare
    • Pain and suffering

  • What are common causes of escalator or elevator accidents?

    Some of the more frequent causes we see here at our personal injury firm include the following:

    • Bad wiring
    • Disregard of appropriate repairs
    • Failure to perform regular inspections
    • Inadequate emergency call system
    • Maintenance by unqualified workers
    • Malfunction of the mechanical system
    • Malfunctioning buttons
    • Malfunctioning or broken door
    • Misalignment of the mechanical system
    • Overcrowding
    • Overweight load
    • Poor design

  • Who is liable for an escalator or elevator accident?

    When a victim is injured in an escalator or elevator accident, there are several potential parties who could be liable, including the property owner, the maintenance company who is responsible for the escalator or elevator, or the manufacturing company. There could be even more than one liable party.

  • Do I have a claim for a slip and fall accident?

    • Do you know where you fell? You need to know where the fall and injuries took place in order for an attorney to pursue recovery.
    • Were you aware of the hazardous condition before you fell? If you were aware, it does not necessarily negate your claim, but the owner may try to use that information against you.
    • Did you sustain injuries from the fall? In order to seek compensation, you need to show you suffered injuries in the fall.
    • Have you received a medical diagnosis for your injuries? If you have not seen a doctor yet, consult with one right away in order to have your injuries diagnosed and what treatment will be needed.
    • Contact a Virginia slip and fall accident attorney.

  • What are common injuries that occur in slip and fall accidents?

    • Concussions
    • Fractured bones
    • Fractured vertebrae
    • Herniated discs
    • Soft tissue injuries

  • What are slip and fall accidents?

    “Slip and fall” is a term used for a personal injury case in which a person slips or trips and is injured on someone else's property. They are also known as premises liability cases. Slip and fall accidents are usually sudden and can have a long-term or permanent impact on a victim’s life. Injuries can be traumatic and severe, and often result in a slow and painful recovery period.

  • What is the burden of proof in an inadequate security premise liability claim case?

    The burden of proof is on the victim and their personal injury attorney to proof owner liability. The victim needs to prove that the business owner had a responsibility to take reasonable preventable measures to keep any visitors to their property and that the owner failed to live up to that responsibility.


  • Are there some establishments that are more likely to experience inadequate security incidents than others?

    Because of the high number of people who visit these locations, there are often a higher number of inadequate or negligent security incidents:

    • Apartment complexes
    • Bars and nightclubs
    • Daycare facilities
    • Hospitals
    • Nursing homes
    • Schools

  • Can I sue a property owner if I’m injured because they provided inadequate security?

    Under premise liability laws, a victim may be able to pursue damages against a property owner if they were injured because they failed to keep their premises safe. Some examples of these types of cases include:

    • Lack of security cameras
    • Insufficient lighting in hallways, parking lots, parking garages, and stairways
    • Insufficient security staff or guards
    • Broken locks or locking devices
    • Hiring employees with violent backgrounds
    • Inadequate visitor screening processes, such as at a school or hospital