Premises Liability Attorneys
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.
Know Your Rights
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 attorney 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.
Why Early Action is Important
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.
Allen & Allen’s experienced team of investigators are ready to help to collect evidence necessary to support your claim. They can conduct interviews of witnesses who may help establish fault in your case. They can go to the scene to take measurements and gather valuable intelligence. Their research can uncover how long the unsafe conditions existed, whether the property owner knew of the hazard, whether the property owner received complaints from others about the unsafe condition before your accident, and if other persons had been injured due to the same conditions.
What Should I Do Right Away?
If you’ve been involved in an accident at a business or on private property that you believe was the fault of another, you may have questions about what to do right away. These recommendations may help you with your case in a future investigation of what happened:
- Think hard about how and why your accident happened. What caused it? The information you have is vitally important to your case because property owners may clean up, make repairs, and even reconstruct areas shortly after injuries occur on their premises.
- An accident scene can change dramatically in just a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days. Jot down your recollection of the incident while it is fresh in your mind. For example, exactly what was it that struck you or made you fall? What did the object look like and where did it come from? If you slipped on a substance of some kind, what was it? What did it feel like? If the substance touched your clothing and/or shoes, save these items.
- If you have a camera or cell phone with you at the scene, photograph the location where you were injured as soon as possible.
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.
No matter how severe your accident may have been, an attorney can help you to navigate the intimidating field of insurance demands and questions and help ensure you are offered the settlement you deserve. You can discuss your unique situation at no cost by calling us today.
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.