What factors go into a slip and fall lawsuit to determine compensation? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A Virginia premises liability attorney will look at two factors, negligence and liability. Negligence is a blatant disregard for the safety of others. If the alleged at-fault party (i.e. property owner) acted in a manner that a reasonable person in similar situations would, their actions will be measured to determine what their level of negligence was. The victim must prove that the at-fault party failed to take the steps to prevent the incident.

The attorney will also determine who has the liability to cover the victim’s financial losses. For example, if a property owner is determined to be negligent and the owner has property insurance, then the victim’s attorney will file the lawsuit against the property owner’s insurance company.