Virginia Slip & Fall Injury Attorneys
You can slip and fall anywhere as you go about your daily routine, but these accidents are almost all preventable. When another party’s negligence leads to your slip and fall accident and injuries, you shouldn’t have to absorb both the economic consequences and the physical pain. Fortunately, Virginia law provides an avenue for injured individuals to hold property owners liable for their negligence and seek compensation.
If you have suffered injuries from a slip and fall accident that occurred on another party’s property in Virginia, you should seek compensation through a slip and fall claim. Contact the skilled Virginia slip and fall injury attorneys at Emroch & Kilduff at (804) 358-1568 to discuss the details of your fall and determine the best path forward given your specific circumstances.
Emroch & Kilduff’s Results in Slip and Fall Injury Cases
The award-winning legal team at Emroch & Kilduff has been advocating for accident victims for 50 years, including those who suffered injuries in slip and fall accidents. The firm’s slip and fall attorneys have ample experience in the negotiation, settlement, and litigation of slip and fall claims. Our attorneys’ commitment to seeking justice and dedication to client service has resulted in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for our clients.
In a recent case, our client slipped and fell on black ice while walking from the apartment building where he lived to his vehicle. He suffered multiple leg fractures and complications as a result of his diabetes. The case settled for $7.75 million during mediation. This is only an example of one case and does not guarantee a particular outcome for your slip and fall injury case. Regardless, Emroch & Kilduff has the resources to investigate your slip and fall accident, gather relevant evidence, and build the best case possible against the negligent property owner.
Scenarios That Lead to Slip and Fall Accidents
The Virginia Department of Health estimates that more than 1,000 people end up in the hospital each year in Virginia as a result of unintentional falls. A more alarming number is the approximately 1,500 people who have died from unintentional falls each year in Virginia over the last decade. A portion of those hospitalizations and deaths occur because of slip and fall injuries.
Slip and fall accidents involve specific types of unintentional falls where a person loses their balance on a floor, stairway, or another surface. Most attorneys also include trip and fall accidents under the umbrella of slip and fall accidents.
Some common scenarios that may lead to a slip and fall or trip and fall accident include:
- Slippery floor from rain and wet product use or spillages from cleaning products, wax, food, and water
- Uncleared snow or ice on sidewalks, storefronts, apartment buildings, and parking lots
- Inadequately maintained walkways and sideways
- Falling debris from a construction site or dilapidated building
- Inadequate indoor and outdoor property maintenance that leads to dangerous hazards, such as broken tiles, loose carpet, loose stairs, and broken handrails
What Rights Do Visitors Have on Another Party’s Property?
Virginia law, like in most other states, maintains that property owners have a variety of duties toward visitors. The exact duties and liability for injuries from a slip and fall accident vary based on the type of visitor. Virginia recognizes three types of visitors: (1) invitees, (2) licensees, and (3) trespassers.
Property owners welcome invitees onto their property to conduct business. Examples of invitees include diners in restaurants, shoppers at grocery stores, and clients at hair salons. Invitees also include individuals who are visiting public properties, like parks and libraries. Property owners owe the greatest duty to invitees, and a breach of that duty opens property owners up to liability for accidents.
Under Virginia law, property owners must exercise ordinary care toward invitees, maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition, and remove hazardous objects in a reasonable amount of time. Property owners must also warn visitors of any known unsafe conditions or those that should have been known.
Virginia law does provide one exception regarding recreational property use. Landowners have no duty of care to maintain safe premises when they give permission for others to use their land for hunting, fishing, camping, water sports, boating, hiking, and other types of outdoor recreation.
Property owners may or may not invite a licensee on their properties. Invited licensees are simply social guests, such as friends and family. The biggest difference between a licensee and an invitee is the lack of a business transaction. Uninvited licensees typically have implied permission to visit another party’s property. Property owners need not warn uninvited licensees of known dangers, but they must employ reasonable care to eliminate known dangers on their properties regardless. Examples of uninvited licensees include delivery drivers, repair professionals, and utility workers.
Individuals who do not have implied or express permission to visit another party’s property are considered trespassers. If they slip and fall and suffer injuries, it’s likely that a Virginia court will not hold the property owner liable for damages. Property owners, however, cannot intentionally harm a trespasser or set traps that lead to injury.
Contact a Skilled Virginia Slip & Fall Injury Attorney Today
Sustaining severe injuries in a slip and fall accident not only causes physical pain, but also victims typically amass medical debt, lose income from missing work, and may even face future medical expenses and lost wages if they’ve suffered catastrophic injuries.
If you suffer from injuries due to the fault of another person or company, contact Emroch & Kilduff or call us at (804) 358-1568 for a free consultation. Our experienced premises liability accident attorneys can anticipate insurance company and defense legal team tactics, and our attorney can protect your rights and build the best case against the property owner whose oversight led to your accident.
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