In many situations, property owners in Fredericksburg can be held legally responsible for the injuries that visitors suffer in slip-and-fall accidents on their premises. However, Virginia law which applies to property owners can be complex. Liability depends on many factors, including the visitor’s status, the property owner’s notice that a hazard existed on the property and the visitor’s knowledge of that hazard. This is known as premises liability law. Contact our Fredericksburg slip and fall lawyer today.
At Marks & Harrison, our slip and fall attorneys know how slip and fall accidents can lead to devastating injuries. We are dedicated to helping victims of these accidents in Fredericksburg to pursue full and fair compensation. With a legal team of more than 20 lawyers – four based in our Fredericksburg, VA office – and a rapid-response investigative team that features a former insurance company claims adjuster and former law enforcement officers, we have the resources to protect your rights and to seek the justice you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
The most important thing you can do after a slip and fall in Fredericksburg is to call a lawyer. You should get legal help as early as possible in order to ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines and to give the attorney plenty of time to collect and analyze the evidence. Additionally, you should try to do the following:
When you hire Marks & Harrison for your slip and fall case in Fredericksburg, you can count on our legal team to provide:
We can meet with you today at our Fredericksburg office to discuss your case, or we can meet with you at any other location that is more convenient. We never charge for consultations. We want you to feel free to talk with a lawyer and learn more about your rights and legal options.
Slip and falls can occur in any location in Fredericksburg, VA, from a private home to a commercial shopping center such as Central Park or the Spotsylvania Town Centre. Our firm often works with clients who suffered falls in areas such as:
In most cases, the property owner’s failure to address or warn about a dangerous condition on the property serves as the cause of the slip and fall accident. Some of the conditions that frequently cause these accidents are:
In any slip and fall case, you must address three critical questions:
In Virginia, the duty of care that a property owner owes to a visitor depends on the visitor’s status. Visitors fall into three broad categories:
Whether a property owner knew or reasonably should have known about a hidden, dangerous condition on the premises will play an important role. How much time passes between the creation of the hazard and the slip and fall is a critical factor. For instance, if a customer at a store slipped in a puddle of soda that somebody spilled just a few minutes earlier, it is highly likely that the owner had no notice of the dangerous condition. However, if several hours passed after the spill, it will be more likely that the owner had notice of it.
Defects such as a downed tree or an uncovered hole in the middle of the yard could be considered risks that are so “open and obvious,” a visitor should have recognized the danger and avoided it – regardless of whether the property owner tried to fix or warn about it. If a person suffers injuries in a slip and fall accident because of such a hazard, the person’s own negligence may prevent him or her from being eligible to recover compensation.
A slip and fall accident may cause a person to suffer injuries that range from a minor cut, bruise or fracture to a more catastrophic injury such as a concussion or other form of traumatic brain injury. At Marks & Harrison, we understand how these injuries can lead to high medical bills, loss of the ability to work, great physical pain and emotional suffering. Our goal is to pursue maximum compensation for all harm that a negligent property owner has caused you to suffer, including compensation for:
If you lose a child, parent, spouse or other loved one due to a slip and fall accident, the emotional agony can be indescribable. As your family moves forward, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim that seeks damages such as:
If you suffer a slip and fall at work, a workers’ compensation claim may be appropriate. If someone other than a co-worker hurts you on the job – for instance, you fall at a construction site because of the negligence of another subcontractor’s employee – you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against that party in addition to collecting workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits can play an important role in your recovery from a slip and fall. They can cover all of your accident-related medical expenses. They can also provide disability benefits on a temporary or permanent basis if your injuries prevent you from working or limit you to a lighter-duty, lesser-paying job. However, these wage-loss benefits are limited.
A third-party injury claim, however, could lead to compensation for all of your lost wages as well as compensation for your pain and suffering. If you received workers’ compensation benefits, then any verdict or settlement that you recover could be subject to a workers’ compensation lien. In other words, the insurer will want to get back its own losses.
Virginia gives you a short amount of time to bring a claim for your slip and fall injuries. Generally, you must file a lawsuit within two years from the date of your injury. Otherwise, your right to compensation will be forever lost. If your loved one died in a slip and fall, the law gives you two years from the date of the death to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
You need to act fast to protect your rights and preserve your ability to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional harm that you have suffered due to a slip and fall in Fredericksburg. Contact Marks & Harrison Fredericksburg office today for a free review of your case. Remember: You will pay us only if we recover compensation for you. Call or reach us online now. Click here for directions.