Premises liability accidents can happen anywhere. A customer can slip and fall on a puddle of oil, or an employee can trip over a dangerous cord running across the hallway. What recourse do victims of premises liability accidents have to recover compensation for their medical bills, time off work, and pain and suffering? Under Virginia law, when property owners fail to keep their property reasonably safe, they are financially responsible for the injuries that result.
Discuss Your Premises Liability Case With an Experienced Lawyer
When a property owner’s negligence causes your serious injury, you may be entitled to compensation through a premises liability lawsuit. The legal personal injury team at Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC has a proven track record of securing millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we want to help you get back to your everyday life and obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. We don’t charge our clients fees unless we win.
Types of Premises Liability Lawsuits
The premises liability category includes various types of claims and situations. When a property owner, manager, or landlord’s negligence causes an injury, the victim can bring a premises liability lawsuit. Premises liability lawsuits occur on residential and commercial properties. In some cases, they occur on government-owned property. Common types of premises liability claims include the following:
- Dangerous walkways
- Dangerous staircases
- Broken light fixtures
- Broken elevators
- Poor security
- Slip and fall hazards
- Unrestrained dogs
- Dangerous electrical wiring
- Dangerous work sites
What to Do After a Virginia Premises Liability Accident
Knowing what to do after becoming injured can be difficult. Suppose you’ve been injured at a business or on someone else’s private property, and you believe that the property owner’s negligence caused her injuries. In that case, we recommend consulting with an attorney as soon as possible. Immediately after the accident, try to think about how your accident happened and why you became injured.
Write down your thoughts about the accident as soon as possible. Did the property owner fail to make repairs? Did you slip and fall on a dangerous object? Did you notice anything unusual before you became injured? These factors are important, especially because property owners try to clean out the accident soon after it occurs. We also recommend undergoing a thorough medical evaluation and following the doctor’s directions.
Why Choose Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC?
The facts and every premises liability incident are different. However, there is one constant. Dealing with the fallout of a premises liability accident is confusing and stressful. Your medical bills are probably mounting, and you’ve had to take time off of work. You’re probably concerned about how you’ll pay your medical bills and your other bills. The attorneys at Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC are here to give you the support you need.
While you focus on your recovery, we will protect your right to recover compensation. We will begin the investigation process and help you navigate the intimidating field of making an insurance claim. Will develop a unique legal strategy for your premises liability case and work hard to obtain the best possible outcome. We have a proven track record of securing millions of dollars of compensation for our personal injury clients.
Proving Liability in a Premises Liability Lawsuit
You will need to prove that the property owner Is liable for your injuries. Under Virginia law, the type of legal duty the property owner owed you depends on your status. Property owners have a greater obligation to someone they invite on their property than they do to a person who is trespassing. If the property owner invited you on to his or her property as a guest or customer, he or she has a duty to keep their property reasonably safe.
One of our experienced premises liability attorneys can explain what duty the property owner owed you. However, if you were a customer, guest, or you had an implied invitation to enter the property, then the owner owed you a duty to keep the property reasonably safe. Taking action early on to investigate the cause of your premises liability accident is crucial.
In many cases, property owners will begin cleaning up or hiding evidence of the accident to protect themselves. We will put the property owner on notice that he or she needs to preserve important evidence in your case. When there are dangerous conditions, property owners must warn their guests and customers. At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, we thoroughly investigate our client’s cases. We will help you gather evidence proving the property owner’s liability by taking the following:
- Collecting evidence that will protect your claim
- Interviewing witnesses to the premises liability accident
- Gathering CCTV or other video footage of the accident
- Working with professional investigators to reconstruct the accident scene
- Taking depositions of the property owner or employees involved
Negotiating a Settlement Agreement After a Slip and Fall Accident
After we investigate your case and gather evidence, we will begin the negotiation process with the insurance company or the defendant. Unfortunately, insurance companies have a track record of making first-time settlement offers that are far too low. If you’ve been seriously injured in a premises liability accident, you need to recover all of the compensation you’ll need to provide for yourself in the future.
Insurance companies hope you’ll accept the first-time, low offer because you are understandably desperate for compensation to pay your medical bills. When you work with the premises liability attorney Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, we will negotiate assertively with the insurance company or defend it. We will hold them accountable, and if they don’t offer you a favorable settlement agreement, we will take your case to court.
Contact a Virginia Premises Liability Lawyer Today
The Virginia premises liability lawyers at Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC understand how devastating serious personal injuries can be for their clients. You should not have to shoulder the financial cost of paying for your injury when another person’s negligence caused it. Our law firm can help you collect all of the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We have the resources and skills to investigate your accident and build a solid case on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.