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Shopping center accident lawyers in Virginia with the experience you need

Virginia is home to many malls and shopping centers. In Gloucester alone, we have Walter Reed Plaza, Edgehill Shopping Center, York River Crossing, and White Marsh Shopping Center, among many others.

Shopping centers must provide a safe environment for visitors. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by any type of shopping center negligence, you have the right to seek compensation to cover your medical bills and other expenses.

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we can advise you on the best way to move forward with your case. Ken Gibson and John Singleton are former members of the United States Marines with small-town values and big-city track records. Our personal injury law firm has recovered significant results for our clients.

When you put your trust in our firm, you won’t owe anything unless we win your case. We will be happy to tell you more about our Zero Fee Guarantee in a FREE consultation. Call our Virginia premises liability lawyers at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to learn more today.

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How does premises liability relate to shopping center accidents?

Premises liability is a legal concept asserting that property owners have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for visitors. Shopping centers have a duty of care to visitors. That means owners, employees, and supervisors must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their premises. This duty extends to regular maintenance, prompt repair of hazards, and adequate security.

Shopping center managers must ensure that spills are quickly cleaned up, walkways are free of obstructions, and the property is in a good state of repair. When a failure to meet these responsibilities leads to injuries, shopping centers may be liable for damages that result.

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What are some common shopping center accidents?

Slipping on wet floors is one of the most common types of accidents in shopping centers. These incidents often occur due to spills, recent cleaning, or weather conditions such as rain and snow, which may be tracked inside stores and not cleaned up.

Tripping over fall hazards and uneven surfaces is another frequent cause of accidents in shopping centers. These hazards may arise from a variety of sources, such as cracked tiles, poorly maintained carpets, or uneven pavement in parking lots. Escalators or elevators that are not regularly serviced can also result in falls or other injuries.

To prevent accidents, shopping center supervisors and personnel must inspect their premises regularly and promptly repair any uneven surfaces. Warning signs should be placed near known hazards until they can be properly addressed.

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Who is liable for shopping center injuries in Virginia?

Negligent management is a major cause of many accidents in shopping centers. Inadequate staff training on safety protocols and emergency procedures also contributes to these hazards. Poor maintenance and upkeep are significant contributors to accidents. When maintenance is neglected, hazards such as broken tiles, loose handrails, and malfunctioning escalators or elevators can develop.

Regular inspections and timely repairs are essential in preventing such accidents. Common areas like restrooms or food courts must be cleaned and maintained to prevent slip and fall incidents.

Shopping center management has a responsibility to ensure that effective security measures are in place to protect visitors. Inadequate security increases the risk of criminal activities such as theft, assault, and vandalism. Poorly lit parking lots and corridors can become hotspots for criminal activity. The lack of properly trained personnel, broken surveillance cameras, and other lapses in security make it easier for wrongdoers to operate unnoticed.

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What steps should you take when involved in a shopping center accident?

  1. If you are injured in a shopping center accident, seeking medical attention should be your top priority. Some types of injuries, such as whiplash, nerve damage, and traumatic brain injury (TBI), can grow worse over time. That’s why it’s important to get the proper diagnosis and medical treatment right away. The medical records from your visit can also serve as vital documentation if you choose to pursue a premises liability claim.
  2. Report your accident to shopping center management before you leave the premises if possible. Be sure to request a copy of the incident report for your records because it can be an essential piece of evidence if you decide to pursue a legal claim.
  3. Gathering evidence and witness information is another important step when it comes to seeking fair compensation for your injuries. Start by taking photographs of the accident scene, including any hazardous conditions that contributed to your injury, such as wet floors, broken tiles, or poor lighting. Collect contact information from anyone who saw the accident happen.

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How can your Virginia shopping center accident lawyer determine liability?

GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys can also collect vital evidence demonstrating how the property owner’s negligence led to your injuries. This may include photographs, surveillance video, medical records, witness statements, and incident reports. We can also obtain key internal documents such as maintenance records, cleaning schedules, and prior customer complaints.

When our investigation is complete, we can file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries. Then, we’ll begin negotiations with the property owner’s insurance company. Compensation in premises liability cases can cover a range of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and occupational therapy.

If the other side refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, we are always prepared to take your case to trial.

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Were you injured in a Virginia shopping center accident?

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, getting justice for accident victims isn’t just a job for us – we consider what we do to be our calling.

We bring you big-city experience and small-town care. We’ve worked for big insurance companies, in big cities, and as trial lawyers. Now, we are proud to serve our neighbors right here in Virginia with our experience and expertise.

Reach out to our Virginia shopping center accident attorneys at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to learn more today.

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