Premises Liability Law Firm
Premises Liability Attorneys in Central Virginia
You’re shopping in your local grocery store when a large, heavy box suddenly falls from a high shelf and strikes you, knocking you to the floor. Are your injuries, resulting medical bills, and time lost from work your responsibility?
Business owners owe a legal duty to customers to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition, and they may be held liable to customers who are injured on their property if they have neglected that duty. Similarly, homeowners and private property owners may also be held legally responsible for injuries occurring to visitors on their premises. Of those potential injuries, “slip-and-fall” incidents are the most common in both homes and businesses, but property owners may also be held responsible for incidents that involve tripping hazards, falling merchandise or furniture, unmarked holes, faulty or missing railings, and other situations where an injury occurred because an owner neglected to maintain the premises, mark obstacles, or otherwise provide adequate warnings.
For those who have experienced incidents such as these, the resulting injuries can prevent you from living the life you are used to, leading to frustration, fear, and uncertainty about the future. It can feel as though you have more questions than answers. How will I support my family while I recover? What about my job? Who is responsible for my medical bills and time away from work? Do I need a lawyer to help me?
The team at Allen & Allen understands that getting your life back to normal after an injury is a difficult task, and that’s why we’re here to help.
What Should I Do in the Event of an Injury Under These Conditions?
Virginia law governing premises liability cases is complex and can be especially challenging for injured victims. A property owner does not guarantee the safety of visitors on his premises and is not automatically required to pay for injuries that occur on the property. The victim must be prepared to prove that they were injured due to a hazard on the property that the property owner knew or should have known about. Further, the defense often blames the victim for falling, tripping, or slipping and focuses the case on what the victim could have done differently.
Bringing a case against a property owner requires knowledge that most injured victims do not have – knowledge of what you need to prove and how to defend yourself against allegations that your actions contributed to the incident. An experienced attorneys can help determine whether the circumstances of your accident qualify as a viable claim, and that attorney’s assistance can be essential in collecting financial compensation if it does. Damages may include reimbursement or compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Future medical needs
- Loss of property
Many insurance companies will contact you as early as the day after an accident to obtain a recorded statement about your injuries and details of the event that led to them. Giving a statement to the insurance company is typically not in your best interest. You are under no legal obligation to provide such a statement, and if you do, it could be used against you during attempts to resolve your case.
Before speaking with any insurance company representatives, you can protect yourself by contacting an attorney at Allen & Allen to discuss your situation. If you have a case, our experienced attorneys can help you by:
- Collecting evidence that may need to be presented to protect your claim.
- Dealing with the property owner’s insurance company.
- Obtaining a fair settlement offer for damages through negotiation.
- Litigating your case if necessary to get the result you deserve.
In a case involving an injury at a business, it’s essential to take early action to investigate the cause of the incident and put the property owner on notice to preserve important evidence. Often, an investigation will require immediate examination of the accident scene by safety engineers, human factors experts, and other specialists. Such steps may be crucial in determining how your accident happened and whether negligence was involved.
Why Choose Allen & Allen?
While the circumstances behind every premises liability incident are different, one fact holds true for all—the time immediately following the accident can be stressful and confusing. The right attorney can provide the support you need.
The attorneys at Allen & Allen have more than 600 years of combined experience with accident cases. Over our 100 year history, we have handled many complex and devastating premises liability cases with victims sustaining injuries ranging from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. Allen & Allen is a family firm built on compassionate service, and we are committed to protecting our clients throughout their recovery. We will fight for their fair treatment and compensation.
- Case result: Attorney Jason Konvicka secured $1,950,000 on behalf of a woman who slipped and suffered copious orthopedic injuries as a result of algae growing in an apartment complex.
Start Rebuilding Your Life
You should not have to shoulder the financial burden of an injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence. Let us help you collect the compensation you deserve. At Allen & Allen, our team of experienced lawyers and in-house investigators use their skills to collect evidence and build a solid case on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.
If you or a family member has been injured, don’t wait to contact a lawyer. Don’t wait to begin rebuilding your life.
Office Locations for Premises Liability Cases
Premises Liability Resources
- Premises Liability Claims in Virginia – Details potential circumstances surrounding and guidelines to navigating a premises liability case
- “They Fixed It Right After I Fell”: Subsequent Remedial Measures in Premises Liability Cases – Details how subsequent remedial measures impact premises liability cases
- Contributory negligence in Virginia: What you need to know – Defines contributory negligence and how its applicable in Virginia