You’re probably here because you or a loved one suffered a serious injury from a slip, trip, or fall. You may not be 100% sure you have a case and are curious about slip and fall laws in Virginia. We are here to help. Our personal injury lawyers in Virginia Beach will fight for you and your loved ones to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.
What A Virginia Beach Slip And Fall Lawyer Can Do
We typically argue that the property owner, or an employee, was negligent in their duty to maintain their property and/or alert individuals of hazards such as holes, water on the floor, slippery substances like grease or soap, broken or not repaired walkways, stairs without handrails, poorly maintained decks which lead to collapse, violations of (BOCA) building codes, no signs or warning of cleaning, malfunctioning equipment like elevators dropping suddenly, ice/snow not removed, missing mats or safety devices that should be used, failing to inspect property, electrical dangers, and poor lighting.
What Is The Injury Claim Process for a Slip and Fall Case In Virginia Beach?
Each slip, trip, or fall case possesses unique challenges. You need to know that an injury stemming from a slip, trip, or fall basically has two parts – liability and damages.
- Damages are the result of bodily injury to the person who is hurt, such as a broken bone and the lost wages and medical expenses associated with any orthopedic surgery and permanent disability.
- The liability side of the bodily injury case shows that the defendant/property owner was at fault for causing the plaintiff’s injury and that the plaintiff was free from fault.
Serious slip and fall injuries can arise at various types of businesses or properties, such as office buildings, malls, parking lots or garages, private homes, rental units, apartments, amusements parks, resorts, convenience stores, big box retailers, national chains, gas stations, elevators, strip centers, groceries, business parks, hospitals, banks, industrial sites, restaurants, government-owned land, workplaces, or any location where you go as a customer or invited visitor.
What To Do After A Slip and Fall Accident
In the era of cell phone cameras, you should take pictures at the scene, or go and get pictures of the condition if it still exists. Always complete an injury/incident report with a business or store if you ever have a slip, trip, or fall caused by a condition at a business’s premises.
Proving that there was actually something that caused your fall is only the first step. We also need to have evidence of:
- What it was
- How it got there
- How long it was there
The law applying to slip and trip cases usually requires that the business be “on notice” that there was a problem to correct, a condition that was on the floor for 5 minutes is often not a reasonable opportunity for a business as opposed to a longer timeframe, as just one example.
The best evidence in this situation is a party admission by some employees of the business establishment that the condition had been there for sufficient time for them to do something about it.
Contact A Virginia Beach Slip And Fall Lawyer Today
In the wake of an unfortunate slip and fall incident, enlisting the expertise of a Virginia Beach slip and fall lawyer can make all the difference in securing your rightful compensation and ensuring justice is served. These seasoned professionals possess a deep understanding of premises liability laws, coupled with a track record of successfully navigating complex legal processes. By reaching out to a dedicated slip and fall lawyer in Virginia Beach, you’re taking a proactive step towards safeguarding your rights and obtaining the resolution you deserve for the challenges you’ve faced. Contact us today!