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Those that own or manage property have a duty of care to people who work, visit, or live on the property, called a “duty of care.” The duty of care requires the owners or party controlling the property to ensure others on the property are reasonably safe from harm. When an unsafe or defective condition on the property leads to an injury, a premises liability case can be brought against the owner or occupier of the property.

Types of premises liability cases

Premises liability cases include:

  • Swimming pool drownings or injuries
  • Slip and fall injury accidents
  • Lack of adequate security
  • Lack of proper maintenance
  • Defective property conditions
  • Elevator or escalator accidents
  • Dog bite injuries
  • Fires, chemical exposure

Virginia law and premises liability claims

Under the Virginia statutes, property owners hold a responsibility to those who visit the property and to ensure the property is free from unreasonable hazards. The law protects the rights of “invitees” and of “licensees” – people who are expected to be legally present on the property. The law does not protect the rights of trespassers. 

Who is liable?

In a premises liability claim or lawsuit, the liable parties must be identified. These parties could be a homeowner, shop owners, sports venue, restaurant, shopping mall, bar, amusement park, corporate office, parking lot, or almost any location owned or controlled by another party. At Rodriguez Law Firm in Fairfax, we can assist you in the process of filing a premises liability claim as one of the critical initial steps in filing your lawsuit or claim. 

Why you need a lawyer for a premises liability claim

After an injury occurring on the property of another party that requires hospitalization, it is necessary to engage the services of a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate the facts in the case and file a claim or lawsuit to recover full and fair compensation. The types of compensation that can be pursued in these cases include:

  • Economic damages: The costs of medical care and treatment, current and future lost wages, lost earning capacity, transportation, medications, and all other financial losses associated with the injury.
  • Non-economic damages: These financial damages include pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of quality of life, loss of enjoyment of life, worsening of a prior injury, changes in lifestyle, and other personal losses resulting from the injury.

Calculating the value of a premises liability claim is a complex process. If you attempt to resolve a claim on your own, you may not be aware of the actual value of your claim. The insurance company may make you an offer that is far lower than you would recover with the help of an attorney from our firm. 

Why choose Rodriguez Law Firm in Fairfax?

Finding the right attorney could not be more critical. The quality, talents, and experience of your premises liability lawyer in Fairfax will impact the outcome of your premises liability case. At Rodriguez Law Firm, our team of attorneys goes above and beyond in service. We believe that an injured victim deserves to recover the maximum possible compensation. We are effective, experienced, and knowledgeable, and offer personalized attention to each person we represent. 

We offer referrals to all types of medical practitioners when needed. We offer bilingual services, with our attorneys fluent in both English and Spanish. Our founder, Dagoberto Rodriguez, has been listed by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Lawyer in Virginia and has achieved notable success in personal injury law, recovering millions for his clients over his years in practice.

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