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Slip and Fall Lawyers in Virginia with Over 50 Years Combined Experience
When you are on someone else's property, you expect that the property has been maintained properly in order to ensure your safety. The last thing you expect is to trip over something or slip on a wet floor and sustain an injury. While many property owners may try to scare victims from pursuing legal recourse by claiming that the victim was at-fault, Virginia negligence law states that property owners owe a legal duty of care to all guests. When a property owner breaches this duty of care, he or she is liable for any injuries that result from an accident on the property.
Slip and fall accidents are sudden and unexpected and can leave you saddled with high medical bills, permanent injuries, pain, lost wages, and emotional distress. A personal injury claim can assist you with obtaining compensation for the injuries caused by the property owner's negligence. The Stellute Law Firm has successfully litigated countless slip and fall cases. Our astute personal injury attorneys can help you understand the nature of your claims, the best way to proceed, and what your various options are. We provide free consultations to all clients and do not require payment for services unless we get you the compensation you deserve.
To schedule a free case evaluation, contact The Stellute Law Firm at (757) 722-2815.
Slip and fall claims are brought under the theory of negligence. Negligence occurs when:
1. The property owner owed a legal duty of care to the victim;
2. The property owner breached this duty;
3. The victim sustained an injury; and
4. The breached caused this injury.
Types of Slip and Fall Cases
Slip and falls occur in many formats. The term "slip and fall" is commonly used in the legal field to refer to accidents that occur on another's property and cause the victim to fall, sustaining injuries. Common slip and fall accidents involve:
Ice after a storm
Clutter on the ground
Unsteady flooring or stairs
Many of these defects are often times not detected by the victim and can result in disastrous and unexpected injuries.
In addition, slip and fall cases are not limited to homes. A slip and fall can occur on any type of property, including:
Proving Your Slip and Fall Case
The plaintiff is required to prove the elements of negligence in order to show the defendant is at fault for the accident. The plaintiff must then prove the amount of the various damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, in Slip and Fall cases, the plaintiff must prove that the Landowner had or should have had "Notice" of the dangerous defects and conditions which caused the injury.
Landowners owe a legal duty of care to guests on their property to keep the premises free of dangerous defects and conditions. A dangerous defect or condition can occur due to poor design, failure to de-ice sidewalks following a snowstorm or even clutter. When a landowner is aware of the dangerous condition or defect, then the resulting injury is said to be foreseeable. Landowners are only liable for foreseeable harm. You must therefore prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the defect.
Call The Stellute Law Firm Today to Review Your Slip and Fall Claims
At The Stellute Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing personalized yet aggressive service to our clients. Your best interests are our number one priority. We are ready to review your slip and fall case and help you determine the best way to proceed with any potential claims.
To set up a free office visit, call The Stellute Law Firm at (757) 722-2815.