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Premises liability is the liability for a property owner for certain accidents that occur on that property. These cases may involve injuries suffered due to a slip and fall on ice or snow, a trip and fall on uneven pavement, a swimming pool accident, a fall into a hole, or even injuries suffered due to some type of crime caused by lack of security.
When someone enters a home or steps onto a property lawfully, they have a reasonable expectation, under the law, that they will not be injured. What this means is that a property owner or renter is responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe environment. Although some premises liability cases, such as "slip and fall" cases, may seem simple, the laws vary by state and in many states, including Virginia, the law often favors the property owner rather than the injured guest. In determining whether or not you have a meritorious premises liability case, you should consult an advocate who is experienced in premises liability cases, such as the Richmond injury attorneys at the Halperin Law Center.
Call our firm at (804) 220-0223 to tell us the details of how the injury happened.
WHO IS THE PLAINTIFF?
After determining who owns or is in possession of the property, the premises liability requires a determination as to whether the plaintiff was an "invitee," a "licensee," or a "trespasser." The property owner's duty to the plaintiff can vary significantly depending on the plaintiff's status. Insurance companies and potential defendants generally act quickly in contacting potential witnesses and injured parties, taking photographs and performing other investigations.
To protect your own interests and your claim, do the following after an accident:
- Photograph the scene of the accident, including surrounding hazards
- Write down everything you remember about the incident
- Find witnesses who may have seen the injury occur
- Request security camera footage if available
- Have the property inspected for safety violations
All of this information will be invaluable to your attorney and their team of experts and investigators as they determine if you have a viable premises liability case and begin to build your claim so that you can move forward.
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE
In summary, premises liability cases can be complex and involve a myriad of legal and other factors. It is important to speak with a Richmond personal injury attorney who is experienced and has been successful with premises liability cases. If you have been hurt or a loved one was killed due to an unsafe condition on someone else's property, Halperin Law Center can assist you in determining if you have a viable claim and how to move forward.
The best way to get started on a case is to contact us or fill out a free case evaluation. Our Richmond premises liability lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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