When you suffer injuries on someone else’s property—most notably a property belonging to a store or business—you need a qualified legal team that will help you decide what to do next. The owner or manager of the premises may have failed to take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. What comes next? Contact Emroch & Kilduff today at (804) 358-1568 to learn more about how to handle your premises liability claim.
Emroch & Kilduff: Helping Injured Clients Secure Compensation
At Emroch & Kilduff, we aggressively pursue fair resolutions for all of our clients in many fields of personal injury. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for our clients following serious accidents, and we stand available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to bring the same high quality commitment and determination to your claim. Our results on behalf of our clients include:
- $1.5 million to the family of a six-year-old girl who drowned in an apartment swimming pool.
- $2.25 million when a workman fell through a ceiling, suffering severe injuries.
While these past results cannot guarantee a favorable result in your case, we will bring the same dedication and determination to handling your premises liability claim.
Premises Liability Accidents in Virginia
When you step into a store or visit an office in Virginia, you usually assume several key things. First and foremost, you assume that the company has taken the necessary steps to keep you safe. You expect railings to make it easier for you to get down the stairs if needed, smooth surfaces to walk on, and signs to warn you about water or other spills on the floor. Any failure to adhere to these standards can result in serious injuries. Premises liability accidents include:
- Slip and fall accidents, including both falls downstairs and on uneven or wet surfaces
- Dog bite accidents, when dogs do not receive proper training or owners allow their dogs around guests or customers knowing that their dogs are dangerous
- Construction accidents, including amputations and crushing damage
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals or substances
- Lack of appropriate security in hotels, homes, or other facilities, leading to break-ins and accidents
Premises liability accidents can also extend to cruise ship accidents or accidents on amusement park rides. When the owner or operator fails to properly maintain those areas, serious accidents can result.
Filing a Premises Liability Claim
When you suffer serious injuries on someone else’s property, you may find yourself with more questions than answers. Consulting with an attorney can help you better understand the answers to many of these common concerns:
Who bears responsibility for an injury on someone else’s property?
When you enter a property, especially a commercial property, you should reasonably expect that the property owner will take steps to ensure your safety. This might include posting wet floor signs if a spill occurs on a commercial property or ensuring that wires receive proper covering to prevent electrocution. The property owner’s negligence might entirely cause your injuries: rotted stairs, a lack of handrails, or improper procedures for handling wet floors, for example.
What compensation can I ask for after a premises liability injury?
If you suffer injuries on someone else’s property, the compensation you receive will vary. The extent of your injuries, how your injuries occurred, and even the insurance policy that covers the property may all influence the compensation you receive for your injuries. However, many people claim the following:
Medical expenses, which may include:
- Immediate medical care after an accident
- Ongoing hospitalization, if needed
- Physical therapy
- Any alterations to the home or vehicle of the injured party to account for long-term injuries
Lost wages. When you suffer serious injuries in a premises liability accident, you may not return to work immediately. You can include lost wages as part of your personal injury claim.
Pain and suffering. Pain and suffering often represents the highest portion of a premises liability claim. Your injuries may prevent you from returning to your normal activities, cause substantial physical pain, or leave you suffering from emotional anguish. Working with a lawyer can help you better quantify these elements of your claim.
Lost earning potential. Sometimes, premises liability accidents cause permanent injuries that may prevent you from returning to work in your former capacity at all. In these cases, you may claim lost earning potential, which can help you choose another profession, seek an education, and move forward with your life.
How much will a premises liability attorney cost?
In many cases, a premises liability attorney sounds like a massive added expense at a time when funds are already tight. Most personal injury lawyers, however—including ours—don’t charge our clients anything. Instead, we only collect a percentage of any settlement of judgment we help you to recover.
An experienced personal injury attorney, meanwhile, can bring benefits to your claim, including:
- Increasing the settlement amount that the insurance company offers
- Fighting on your behalf if you need help to reach a settlement, including going to court if needed
- Helping you better understand the full compensation that you should seek for your injuries
- Taking over negotiation on your behalf, which will help reduce your stress during recovery
- Offering valuable advice that will prevent you from limiting the compensation you receive, including how to interact with the insurance company and how to handle interactions with others concerning your injury
Do You Need a Premises Liability Attorney?
If you suffered serious injuries in a premises liability accident, Emroch & Kilduff can help. Contact us online or by calling (804) 358-1568 to schedule your free consultation today!