Virginia Premises Liability Attorney

     Businesses and property owners owe a legal duty to their customers and others who are lawfully visiting their premises.  They have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition.

     The law that governs premises liability cases in Virginia can be challenging.  Just because you were injured on the premises of a commercial establishment does not mean that you will be able to win your case.  This is true even if you can prove that there was an unsafe condition on the property.  The person who has been injured has to prove actual or constructive notice or knowledge of the unsafe condition. Also, it must be foreseeable that a customer or lawful visitor might be injured.

     As customers and guests visiting public or private property, we bear some responsibility for our own safety.  Some people slip and fall and get injured because they were not careful and were not paying attention.  If this is the case, then the injured person will likely lose their case.

     These “premises liability” cases are very difficult to prove and sometimes involve complicated legal and insurance issues. Prompt and proper investigation of the accident is critical in order to win your case.  Photographs should be taken of the unsafe condition.  All witnesses should be interviewed immediately.  Everything needs to be documented in order to increase the chances of winning your case.  A proper investigation will sometimes help show that the property owner knew about the unsafe condition prior to the accident.

     In many cases, the property owner will have received complaints from others about the unsafe condition prior to your accident.  If other individuals were injured in the same way you were, then that would have to be established.

     In some cases, there are building code violations which may have contributed to causing your injury.  Examination of the property by safety engineers and other specialists may be necessary in order to prove how and why your accident occurred.

     In some cases, the property owners make repairs immediately following the accident in order to try to protect themselves.  For this reason, you might want to jot down your recollection of the incident while it is still fresh in your mind.  An accident scene can be changed quickly.  If you have a camera or cell phone, you may want to take photographs of the location where you were injured.

     Personal injury attorney Ed Meade at The Meade Law Firm has extensive experience handling premises liability cases. He will investigate your case and gather all of the evidence necessary to prove your case.  He will hire experts in the areas of safety and property management in order to help prove your case.

     If you are a customer or guest visiting private of public property, and you are injured as a result of the negligence of the property owner, property manager, or business owner, you may have a claim.  Premises liability accidents include slip and fall accidents that occur because of negligence.  Cases involving negligent construction and maintenance of property are also referred to as premises liability cases.

     Premises liability cases frequently involve the following:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Parking lot injuries
  • Store falls
  • Inadequate security
  • Hotel Injuries
  • Electrocutions
  • Burns
  • Dog bites and other animal attacks
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Injuries caused by poor lighting conditions
  • Concealed holes
  • Faulty floors
  • Loose tiles
  • Broken and missing hand rails
  • Defective stairs
  • Elevator accidents
  • Falling boxes
  • Falling construction debris
  • Tripping hazards
  • Uncovered holes
  • Slippery and wet floors
  • Loose carpet
  • Wet carpet
  • Loose bricks
  • Ice and snow
  • Worn carpet
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Potholes
  • Floor hazards

     Premises liability claims can arise from injuries which occur in parking lots, hospitals, shopping centers, hotels and motels, restaurants, grocery stores and apartment complexes.

     If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, please call premises liability attorney Ed Meade at The Meade Law Firm today in order to schedule a free personal injury case evaluation. We want to help. (804) 377-2273.