When out grocery shopping or at a show, the last thing you expect to happen is sustaining an injury in a slip and fall. According to reports, slips and falls account for 1 million hospital visits annually. You might be eligible to pursue compensation if you suffer a slip and fall injury outside of your home. You should work with a Virginia slip and fall accident attorney to assess your injuries and legal rights.
Slips and falls happen in some of the most mundane places. They can occur on any business or property. Some common areas you can be in a slip and fall include:
You can sue the negligent parties depending on where the slip and fall accident occurs. The negligent party should have an insurance policy that covers your losses. However, they will fight against paying every penny your case is worth. A Virginia slip and fall accident attorney will fight back, working towards maximum compensation for your injuries.
Slips and falls involve unintentional and likely preventable falls. Trips are also handled under slip and fall cases. Slips and falls can happen anywhere but can also occur for many reasons. Some scenarios that can result in a slip or trip and fall accident include:
While these are some common scenarios, these accidents can happen in numerous ways. Often, victims are unsure if they have legal rights. A Virginia slip and fall accident lawyer can help determine the viability of your case and your legal options for your injuries.
Slip and fall cases fall under premise liability law. That means property owners owe a duty to those who enter their property. The responsibilities and duties owed will vary depending on the person’s status, such as invitees, licensees, or trespassers. Determining which category a person falls under is a very intricate process. The highest duty is to the invitee and the least trespassers.
Invitees are welcomed onto the premises by the property owner. Customers, clients, and others fall into the invitee category. Licenses in slips and falls have some of the most complex claims. The property owner can argue their duties. The most significant difference between an invitee and a licensee is business purposes. Trespassers are people not authorized on the property and therefore are not owed any duty in most instances.
A slip and fall is very confusing. Victims are usually unsure if they can pursue damages. Some victims will not file an accident report or take legal action because they believe they have no rights. That is a mistake. Discuss your options with a Virginia personal injury lawyer from RVA Personal Injury Lawyers by calling (804) 915-1611 for an initial consultation.
There are many personal injury lawyers in Virginia, but we believe that we stand out for several reasons:
We have a deep understanding of the legal and insurance systems in Virginia and will use this knowledge to get justice on your behalf.
Sharif Gray has a proven track record of success in securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
We understand that every case is unique and we take the time to listen to your story and understand your needs and goals. We will work with you to develop a customized legal strategy to get the justice you deserve.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you get paid. You can rest assured that we are working hard to get you the best possible result.
The statute of limitations is two years for most personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases in Virginia.
For most cases, you must file a lawsuit within that time frame. But there are exceptions. Give us a call at (804) 915-1611 to discuss your options.
In Virginia, the jury considers the following factors when deciding the amount of a verdict:
(1) Any bodily injuries sustained and their effect on health according to their degree and probable duration;
(2) Any physical pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and any that may be reasonably expected to suffer in the future;
(3) Any disfigurement or deformity and any associated humiliation or embarrassment suffered in the past and any that may be reasonably expected to suffer in the future;
(4) Any inconvenience caused in the past and any that probably will be caused in the future;
(5) Any medical expenses incurred in the past and any that may be reasonably expected to occur in the future;
(6) Any earnings lost because of being unable to work at their calling;
(7) Any loss of earnings and lessening of earning capacity, or either, that may reasonably be expected to sustain in the future; and
(8) Any property damage sustained.
Virginia Model Jury Instruction No. 9.000: General Personal Injury and Property Damage
There is no cap on damages in most personal injury cases. But there is a cap on damages in medical malpractice cases.
There is also a cap on punitive damages.
Your personal injury lawyer should pursue the full and fair value of what was taken from your health and quality of life.
Sharif Gray has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, and he is known for taking cases to trial.
We are not settlement lawyers. We are committed to trying cases well. Because of that, we do not handle hundreds of cases at a time. We are selective in the cases we take so we can get justice for the people we represent.
Nothing until we win your case.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you get paid.
If we resolve your case before filing a lawsuit, we charge a fee of up to 33.33% of the recovery. After a lawsuit is filed, we may charge a fee of up to 40% of the recovery.
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