Premises Liability – civil liability for injuries from dangerous conditions on property
What is a Premises Liability case or claim?
The legal term premises liability refers generally to legal liability that can result in situations where one is injured on another’s property due to the property owner’s failure to keep the premises safe. It could be a commercial store or someone’s private residence, although private property owners may not have legal liability where one trespasses on their land uninvited.
What should I do if I am injured on another person’s property?
If you are injured on another person’s property you should consider the following steps to preserve your rights and prove your case. Some of these steps, like preserving video evidence, must be done immediately.
How do I know if I have a case worth pursuing?
In most jurisdictions, including Virginia, a Plaintiff pursuing a claim will need to establish that the injured person was an invitee of the property and was injured because of some defect or dangerous condition on the property.
What laws or rules apply to a premise’s liability case in Virginia?
Virginia has numerous legal precedents that may apply to a premise’s liability case. In most cases you will need an attorney to protect your legal interests and navigate the difficult case law that you may encounter. Attorneys reviewing these cases should update any research before citing any cases.
What standards or regulations apply to a premises liability case in Virginia?
Various safety standards can determine liability for a property owner.
What damages are recoverable in a premise’s liability case?
The typical damages that one may recover upon proving negligence would include recovery for physical injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. Some states, like Maryland, may limit or cap recovery of non-economic damages in personal injury matters.
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Jeffrey Downey is an experienced trial attorney who previously defended premises liability cases for insurance companies. Now he uses his 30 years of experience to benefit those filing claims against insurance companies. He practices in the states of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. If you have a question about a potential case, call our office for a free consultation.