Richmond Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents always sound like relatively minor accidents which occur when a person slips on a banana peel. Unfortunately, many slip and fall cases are quite severe and can land people in the hospital for weeks at a time.
Taking a hard fall on a tile surface, or on a multi-level surface can lead to broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. The Richmond slip and fall attorneys at Christina Pendleton & Associates understand that most of these injuries could be easily prevented with a little due diligence by the responsible property owner.
Slip and Fall Cases
The traditional type of slip and fall accident can occur in any type of establishment in any weather condition. While many result from spilled water, these can also be due to icy conditions, floor debris, or inadequate floor protections.
Virginia places a strict burden on property owners to guarantee that the premises are safe for all guests on the property. This responsibility extends to store owners who have shoppers on their property, and even to homeowners who have trespassers on their property (in limited situations).
Property owners should strive to keep their property free from any obstructions, whether this be in the form of rusted nails poking through a renovation in progress, or freshly spilled water on the supermarket floor. Failing to adequately address this spill or other latent danger could lead to extreme injuries, and resulting liability.
Slip and fall accidents are part of a wider range of cases called premises liability. Any flaw in a property that can cause an injury is a potential liability. Insufficient light and broken safety features are two other kinds of premises liability.
Our slip and fall lawyers can also handle these other kinds of cases. As long as you were hurt on someone else’s property, there’s a chance you could recover compensation for your injuries, but there can also be significant roadblocks unless you use a slip and fall accident lawyer.
Personal Injury Recovery
Virginia is unfortunately a contributory negligence state, which means that if the victim of any accident is even one percent also at fault for the accident, the court or insurer could completely nix the personal injury claim. However, proving this in court requires a great effort by the responsible party.
A dedicated Richmond personal injury attorney at Christina Pendleton & Associates will work diligently to protect your claim. Your injuries would not have occurred but for the actions of the property owner who left the danger out in the open. We should hold a negligent property owner accountable for not ensuring the safety of their property.
A personal injury claim after a slip and fall accident can include the following in terms of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- And other damages
A slip and fall accident is not just a jolt to your day, but can impact your future in extreme cases. Slip and fall accidents can have terrifying consequences for your bones and spine, and can even lead to brain injuries.
Most people rarely slip and fall on surfaces that do not have a hidden danger, and therefore the property owner should be held responsible for their failure to keep their premises clear from dangers.
What Needs to Be Proven for Slip and Fall?
Usually, there are four things that have to be proven in any personal injury case, but in a slip and fall case the cause is not a person. In these cases, different questions need to be answered to conclude about liability. These include:
- Did the property owner know about the dangerous condition, or could it have been inferred, and how long was it present?
- Was it an open and obvious hazard, or was it something unexpected?
- Were you invited onto the property, allowed on the property, or a trespasser on the property?
We would also need to prove that the slip caused your injuries. The laws on premises liability and property insurance policy rules are complicated and require a skilled slip and fall accident lawyer in Richmond.
Christina Pendleton & Associates | Richmond Slip and Fall Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to contact the Richmond slip and fall accident attorneys at Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our legal team has years of experience in handling personal injury claims and will work diligently with you to put together your individual claim.
We want you to focus on your recovery after the accident – let us handle the claim. Contact us today to see what our family of personal injury lawyers can do for you.