I was injured in a slip and fall while on someone else’s property.
Do I have a claim?
In most cases you do have a claim, but you will need substantial evidence to prove that the owner of the property was indeed negligent. Attempting to pursue a claim on your own can be a challenge. That’s why we recommend that you seek the help of a qualified, experienced Virginia personal injury attorney.
Under premises liability law, the owner of a property has a responsibility to ensure that guests or visitors on their property are safe at all times. If a property owner has identified a dangerous condition, he/she is required to repair it or post appropriate warnings.
In order to win a slip-and-fall accident or any type of premises liability claim, it must be shown that the property owner was aware of the safety hazard and failed to fix the situation. This law applies to the state of Virginia. It must also be proven that the property owner’s negligence did lead to your injury. With the help of an attorney, an investigation will take place to include a review of the accident site, safety reports, video surveillance, and interviews with eyewitnesses.
Have you experienced a slip-and-fall or similar injury while on someone else’s property? We can tell if you have a valid case and help guide you through the process of filing a claim. Call us now to see what options are available. Our phone number is (800) 222-4189.
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Here is some valuable information about Virginia personal injury & slip and fall cases.
In a personal injury case in Virginia the plaintiff (which is the injured person) must prove that their injury was caused by the carelessness or negligence of another person. If the plaintiff was at fault AT ALL then they will not get any compensation due to Virginia’s law of contributory negligence.
Expert testimony is often needed to prove some parts of your case to the jury. Usually you will need an expert to prove things that are beyond a layman’s knowledge. This may include showing how badly you were injured and how your ability to be employed is been handicapped.
We like to file suit as quickly as possible. In large cases the insurance company will always use delaying tactics to wear down the plaintiff so they will take less then they deserve. So there is no point in waiting until the statute of limitations is abut to run out. Some lawyers have problems because they wait too long to file and there are problems with their case that can’t be fixed in time.
After the lawsuit is filed then both sides start a legal process called discovery. Each side is allowed to investigate what the other side will say at trial. The defendant will get access to your past work and medical history and income records. The plaintiff will have to go under oath and give a deposition, and may also be required to get examined by a doctor of the defendant’s choice.
The defendant will also have to go through discovery in a similar fashion, with an investigation of their background and providing a sworn statement about what happened.