Slip And Falls Accident Attorneys in Richmond & Tappahannock, Virginia

Slip and fall accidents

Slip and fall accidents often occur while people are shopping at the store or in a similar building or location that is open to the public. While some of these accidents are nobody’s fault, there are many cases where a negligent property owner’s failure to maintain their premises was the direct cause of the skip and fall. In these situations, the slip and fall victim has the right to demand legal compensation from the owner.

A skilled Richmond slip and falls lawyer can advise you of your rights following an accident. Attorney Ryan Wind has over a decade of experience in representing slip and fall victims in settlement talks with property owners and their insurance companies. And when a negotiated resolution is not possible, he and his team at Wind Law, LLC, are prepared to go to court to fight for your rights.

When Is a Virginia Property Owner Responsible for a Slip and Fall?

It is not always obvious that a property owner is liable for a slip and fall accident. Under Virginia law, no property owner is required to absolutely guarantee the safety of their invited guests. But an owner can be held liable for injuries sustained due to a hazardous condition on the property that the owner either knew about and failed to correct, or should have known about had they exercised reasonable care in inspecting their property.

The owner’s liability also hinges on whether the person injured in the slip and fall was considered an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. If you are in a store or other similar business during normal operating hours, you are generally considered an “invitee.” This means that the owner has a duty to exercise reasonable care in looking for and correcting any potential safety hazards that may lead to a slip and fall. The owner must also warn you of any known hazards.

The owner’s duty is less strict when it comes to licensees or trespassers. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident at someone’s house, for example, you are generally considered a licensee rather than an invitee. A property owner’s legal duty towards licensees only extends to warning them of slip and fall hazards that might be discovered by chance or accident. As for trespassers–someone on another person’s property without permission–the owner has no duty aside from not causing the trespasser intentional harm.

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Monetary damages in slip and fall cases are often substantial. Victims commonly suffer broken bones and broken hips. This can not only mean substantial medical and rehabilitation bills, but also a loss of income while the victim needs time off to recover. A negligent property owner can be held responsible for these and other financial losses. In addition, the victims can seek non-economic damages as compensation for their ongoing pain and suffering and emotional trauma.

So if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to consider all of your legal options for seeking compensation. Our Richmond slip and fall lawyers are ready to assist you. Contact Wind Law, LLC, today to schedule an initial consultation.