Slip & Fall Accidents

Fairfax Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers

Slip-and-fall accidents occur all too often to individuals across the country, frequently due to safety hazards on the premises they visit. While a slip-and-fall may not sound serious, it can cause severe physical damage to victims in many instances. This is especially true for seniors with fragile health and bone structures. 

These incidents can occur anywhere, such as at grocery stores, malls, office buildings, and parking lots. Their causes can vary, but in the context of personal injury, they are caused by the negligence of the premises owner, manager, or resident. Thus, they fall under the legal category of “premises liability.” 

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to a slip-and-fall incident, which you believe was due to the failure of the property owner to provide a safe environment, you may have grounds for an injury claim. At Law Office Of Andrew S. Kasmer, we can review the circumstances of your injuries to determine their validity for pursuing legal action under the Virginia premises liability laws. 

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What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a legal concept that holds property owners (or those who control the property) responsible for the safety of visitors. These individuals or entities must take reasonable steps to maintain a safe environment and warn visitors of potential hazards. A slip-and-fall accident due to the property owner's negligence may be subject to premises liability.

Examples of hazardous conditions that could lead to slip-and-fall injuries include:

  • Wet floors: These are often caused by cleaning, spills, or weather conditions such as rain or snow tracked indoors.
  • Uneven surfaces: Including broken or loose floor tiles, damaged sidewalks, and potholes in parking lots.
  • Poorly lit areas: Insufficient lighting can make it difficult to see potential hazards, increasing the risk of slips, trips, and falls.
  • Obstructions in walkways: Items left on the floor, such as cords, rugs, or debris, can quickly become trip hazards.
  • Icy or snowy conditions: These are particularly problematic in colder climates, where the accumulation of ice and snow on walkways and parking lots is not managed correctly.
  • Defective stairs and ramps: Lack of handrails, poor construction, or improper maintenance can make these areas particularly dangerous.
  • Transitions from one type of surface to another: Abrupt changes in flooring, such as from carpet to tile or a higher to lower elevation, can cause slips if not adequately signposted.

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What Type of Premises Can Be Liable in Slip & Fall Claims?

Premises liability law applies to any type of property, whether residential or public. This includes commercial properties such as stores, malls, restaurants, bars, hotels, motels, gas stations, gyms, movie theaters, and amusement parks. 

Other public places, such as sidewalks, walkways, parks, playgrounds, government buildings, and bus and train stations, can also be involved. Residential properties can include private homes and apartment buildings. Workplaces can consist of office buildings, factories, warehouses, and other industrial sites. 

Schools, universities, hospitals, and medical facilities can also be where slip-and-fall accidents occur. 

Slip & Fall Injuries

Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to injuries ranging from minor bumps and bruises to life-altering catastrophic injuries. The most common type of injury involves soft tissue, such as sprains, strains, and tears in muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility, especially in ankles, wrists, backs, and knees.

The back and neck are vulnerable to falls, leading to herniated discs, whiplash, or muscle strains. The impact of a fall can fracture bones, especially in older adults or those with weaker bones. Common fractures include hips, wrists, arms, ankles, and the tailbone. These falls can also cause head injuries ranging from mild concussions to more severe injuries like skull fractures or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). 

In severe cases, a slip and fall can damage the spinal cord, potentially leading to partial or complete paralysis. This is a life-altering injury requiring extensive medical care and rehabilitation.

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Proving a Slip & Fall Injury Claim

To win a slip-and-fall claim, you must prove four critical elements, each of which can present challenges. 

You must show the property owner owed you a legal duty to keep you safe; this duty generally applies to customers and invitees. Next, you must establish that the owner failed to uphold that duty. That could mean they did not maintain the property safely, failed to warn visitors about potential hazards, or created a dangerous condition, such as mopping a floor without putting up cones. 

It's essential to prove that the property owner's breach of duty caused your fall and injuries. This can be difficult if other factors might have contributed or if there's no clear evidence of the cause of the fall.

Finally, you must demonstrate you suffered actual damages due to the accident. This includes medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any property damage caused by the fall.

Proving these elements can be complex, such as establishing the condition existed and that the owner knew or should have known about it. Premises owners and their insurers may argue that you were partially to blame, that the condition was open and obvious, or that the cause of your injury is unclear. The burden of proof lies with you as the injured party to demonstrate the property owner’s negligence. 

Call Law Office Of Andrew S. Kasmer for Proven Legal Help 

Legal issues can be stressful and complex. While you may be tempted to handle them, our legal services can provide invaluable support. Our Fairfax slip-and-fall attorneys can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and fight for the best possible outcome in your situation. 

Our professional knowledge, skills, and experience can save you time, money, and stress when seeking compensation for your damages against well-funded insurers whose goal is to pay out as little as possible. 

Call (571) 350-8562 or contact us online for legal guidance today. 

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