Attorneys Litigating Premises Liability Cases
Serving the State of Virginia
When patrons of a business visit the business to shop, that business may be liable for unreasonably dangerous conditions posed by the property. Slip and fall cases illustrate this point of premises liability. If a piece of sidewalk is broken, but not noticeable to the average person, it could pose a serious risk of injury.
Amusement park injuries are often caused by the failure to properly maintain the ride or premises which give rise to premises liability, a cause of action against the owners or managers of the property. Elevator accidents and electrocution accidents are two more examples where people may get injured due to the negligence of the premises owner or manager in failing to properly maintain the property.
Hotels and motels also may be liable to their invited guests for injuries that occur on their premises as a result of poor maintenance or negligence. Water damage can cause ceilings to cave in or walls to collapse. Faulty fire alarms, fire extinguishers or negligence in failing to properly notify guests are also potential areas of exposure for a hotel and motel.
Stairways and staircases frequently form the basis of litigation. The lack of handrails or uniformity in design or buildings of the risers are potential bases of liability.
Usually, one of the most important factors to consider in bringing premises liability cases is the knowledge of the property owner regarding the condition. If it can be proven that the property owner knew about the dangerous condition of his property and failed to act to fix it, then premises liability can usually be imposed.
Another factor to consider is the potential recovery from an insurance company. If a negligent property owner knows of a defective condition that causes injury to another, but has not insured himself against that risk, then a case may not be worth pursuing if the property owner does not have substantial assets. Many businesses have broad policies that cover their potential risks in many areas. However, certain intentional conduct or conduct which may be expensive to insure (environmental damages) may not be contained in their policies.
Premises liability cases are generally difficult cases which require the testimony of experts to prove. Expert testimony can be costly and thus, the damages suffered by the victim must make the case worth pursuing economically. Experience handling these premises liability cases is also a must. Your premises liability attorney should have experience with the insurance agreements that cover these risks as well as experience in handling these types of cases.
In deciding whether or not to bring a case for premises liability make sure that the defective condition of the property was known by the landowner or was so obvious that it should have been known by him. This is the biggest hurdle to overcome in evaluating these cases.
When Should You Consider a Premises Liability Claim for Injuries or Loss?
We represent people who have been injured in automotive accidents, premises liability, commercial vehicles including tractor trailers, buses, trains, aircraft, etc. This includes people who suffer what is known as "soft tissue injuries" such as neck and back sprains, as well as people who suffer catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, brain injuries, injuries requiring surgery and paralysis. This area of practice includes premise liability and wrongful death cases resulting from these accidents. YOU NEED TO CONSULT AN ATTORNEY BEFORE TALKING TO A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE INSURANCE COMPANY.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or death as a result of an accident, please immediately contact Page Law Firm P.C. toll free at (866) 507-6166 or (804)353-6166 for an initial free premises liability consultation, or click here to complete our online premises liability consultation form. We will immediately review your information and respond within 24 hours. We handle accident cases throughout Virginia.