Types of Premises Liability Cases

Premises liability is the area of law which makes the landowner responsible for certain injuries suffered by persons on their property. Under Virginia premises liability law, a landowner must uphold and maintain the safety of his or her property. If a worker or guest is injured on a piece of property due to the negligence of a landowner then that victim may be eligible to file a Virginia premises liabilities claim and recover certain damages.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a landowner’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for damages. Contact our Virginia premises liability lawyers today free of charge for a no-risk case evaluation.

Common Types of Premises Liability Cases in Virginia

The most common types of premises liability cases filed in the Newport News, Virginia area include:

  • Slip and Fall: “Slip and Fall” is one of the most common types of premises liability cases. A slip and fall refers to a situation in which a person falls and is injured in a commercial establishment, as a result of a negligent owner. Negligence in slip and fall cases may come in the form of obstacles in the pathway, slippery substances left on the floor as well as other hazardous conditions. The owner of a commercial property has an obligation to provide a safe, obstruction-free premise. This is especially important in retail and grocery stores, where the merchandise is designed to divert customer attention. In stores where spills are not unusual, the owner has an obligation a duty to clean any potential hazard before a person can become injured on it.
  • Private Property Liability: Owners of Virginia private property also have a legal responsibility to maintain safe premises for guests and workers. Under Virginia premises liability law, owners must recognize potential hazards and address them in ways that ensure safety. Some common private property hazards include slippery floors, obstructions left in the walkway, unsafe staircases, and dangerous animals allowed to roam free. If a person entering the property is harmed as a result of a hazard or a property owner’s negligence, he or she may be entitled to damages from the property owner.
  • Workplace Liability: Like owners of private property, Virginia employers are also required to maintain safe workplace accommodations for their workers. If a worker is seriously injured as a result of an employer’s failure to uphold legal safety standards, the victim or the victim’s family may be entitled to damages from the employer.
  • Government Property Liability: The Virginia government also has an obligation to ensure the safety of their premises. Government premises include federal, state and local buildings, municipal stadiums, fairgrounds, and public parks. A person who is seriously injured on public property as a result of the government’s failure to maintain safe conditions may be eligible to file a Virginia premise liability claim.

Newport News Premises Liability Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a hazardous or poorly maintained piece of Virginia property, you may be entitled to damages from the responsible party. In Virginia, an injured victim may be eligible for a financial recovery including lost wages and medical bills accrued from the injury. To qualify, Virginia premises liabilities cases must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. At Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, our Hampton Roads premises liability attorneys have the necessary knowledge and courtroom experience to help ensure that you will not have to pay for medical bills and other economic issues as a result. Don’t hesitate to contact our Newport News premise liability attorneys today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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