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Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall injuries are no laughing matter. They can cause serious or even fatal injuries. This is especially true when the slip and fall victim is over the age of 65 years old. The vast majority of slip and fall accidents are preventable; if the property owner had exercised some reasonable measure of care and removed the cause of the slip, for example, your fall and the subsequent injuries you sustained may have been able to be avoided.
Recovering compensation through a personal injury claim following a slip and fall accident is not always easy. There are a number of facts and circumstances that must be considered in order for you to be awarded damages for your injuries. Virginia slip and fall attorney Jan Hoen and Hampton Injury Law are here to assist you following a slip and fall accident.
It is not enough to prove that you slipped and fell on another’s property in order to receive compensation. Your slip and fall case will be successful only if you are able to show that the property owner owed you a “duty of care” and breached that duty. This means that the property owner, such as a store owner, must have exercised reasonable care in inspecting his or her property and then taken reasonable measures to correct any non-obvious hazards. Puddles of liquid or objects on the floor that are difficult to detect must either be promptly cleaned up or adequate precautions must be taken to keep individuals from tripping on the hazard.
However, a property owner is generally not responsible for correcting “obvious hazards.” If there is an obstruction, hazard, or other item on the floor and its presence is obvious, you – the visitor to the property – are responsible for taking measures to avoid the hazard. As one can imagine, a significant amount of slip and fall litigation centers on whether the hazard that caused your accident was an obvious hazard.
Once liability for the property owner has been established, nearly every loss, expense, and/or injury that is directly attributable and causally connected to the slip and fall can be compensated with a monetary damages award. This includes:
A slip and fall attorney can help you document and quantify your losses, making it more likely that you will receive compensation for these losses and expenses.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Virginia, contact Hampton Injury Law and Virginia slip and fall attorney Jan Hoen right away. Attorney Jan Hoen will fight to help you obtain the compensation you need for your injuries. Contact Hampton Injury Law today and let us assist you in recovering from your incident.