Virginia Slip-and-Fall Accident Attorneys
Preventing injuries when possible, helping people when they’re hurt
Most people think that if they ever suffer a serious injury, it will be from a traffic accident or while doing something risky. The truth is that people are injured every day while simply walking.
More than 800,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for fall-related injuries, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Not only can falls be costly, painful, and embarrassing, but they can temporarily or permanently affect your life and your ability to work. Just a few years ago, a Gloucester County woman was so injured in a supermarket slip-and-fall that she became disabled.
If you have been injured in a fall because someone else (like a grocery store) wasn’t careful, you may be able to get paid back for your losses. At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we work hard to share information to keep our community safe. But if you get hurt, you can talk to us for free and find out what to do in your situation. Call us for a free meeting at (804) 413-6777.
What’s the law behind a "slip-and-fall" claim?
Slip-and-fall accidents, or trip-and-fall accidents, are exactly what they sound like: a person slips on a wet floor, trips over the edge of a rug, or steps into a pothole, and then gets hurt.
Civil lawsuits dealing with this type of accident and injury fall under a legal concept called "premises liability." Premises liability means that a property’s owner or manager has a "duty of care" to make sure that that the property is kept in a reasonably safe condition. If the property owner’s or caretaker’s negligence has allowed an unsafe condition to happen, and that unsafe condition has caused a fall that resulted in your injury, then he is legally responsible for the cost of your injury.
For instance, let’s say you go to a supermarket to pick up some groceries. Store employees have just mopped the floor but haven’t barricaded the area off or put up any "Warning: Wet Floor" cones up. If you step on the freshly mopped floor and slip, that supermarket could be held responsible if you’re hurt.
How do I keep myself from slipping and falling?
Here are a few common-sense tips to keep you and your family safe:
- Check the ground in front of you as you walk, and scan the area around you. If you see shiny or wet floors, avoid them. Also look for very dusty floors, greasy floors, metal surfaces, and loose tiles or mats. Be extra careful if you see one.
- Pay attention as you walk. Yes, your cell phone is interesting, but safety comes first!
- And speaking of phones (cell or landline), don’t get in such a rush to answer yours that you fall. Just remember that a phone call is never worth an injury, especially when you can always call the person back.
- Wear proper shoes. Comfort and traction will help you stay "on your feet" longer. Clean up or report all spills immediately. You never know who might be walking through next.
- If you can’t see the ground or area well, be cautious. Turn on more lights if possible. Poorly-lit areas cause falls.
- Avoid any clutter or obstacles in your path, including electrical cords, bunched rugs, open desk drawers, or weather hazards. Take the safest route to your destination, whether it’s the next grocery store aisle or the restroom at work!
If I fell because of someone else, what can I be compensated for?
That depends on how bad your injuries are and how they have affected your life. You may receive compensation for any or all of the following:
- Current and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy
- Special equipment you need during recovery (crutches, wheelchairs, special beds, etc.)
- Household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your needs (wheelchair ramps, lifts, etc.)
- Property damage (broken watch, glasses, etc.)
- Permanent injury or disability
- Lost wages
- Loss of job or ability to do your job
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of a limb
In the tragic event that a slip-and-fall accident takes the life of a loved one, you and your family can sue for wrongful death.
Do I need a slip-and-fall attorney?
The person or company responsible for your injuries may not have hurt you on purpose, but you still need to have your bills paid.
We know that nobody wants to sue, and in an ideal world, nobody would have to. But the person responsible for hurting another (or his insurance company) should rightfully pay for that person’s injuries.
This is what we at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys do: take care of our Eastern Virginia neighbors after they’ve been hurt. To find out how we can help you, call us at (804) 413-6777 for a free consultation. Remember, you don’t pay to talk to us, and if we handle your case, you don’t pay us unless we get payment for you.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
John speaks at Gloucester’s Senior Safety Fair, reviewing key legal documents.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.