Slip & Fall Accidents in Northern Virginia
Claiming Compensation for a Slip and Fall
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have no recourse for pursuing financial compensation for your injuries. In the event that the accident was only attributable to your own mistakes or carelessness, it will be up to you to pay for the costs of your medical treatment and to find a way to make ends meet while you are out of work. If, on the other hand, another party is at fault for causing your accident, you may be able to recover full compensation for your medical bills and expenses for future treatment, for your lost income and your reduced earning capacity. You may even be able to claim noneconomic damages for your pain, suffering and emotional distress. Slip and fall accidents can cause bone fractures, brain injuries and even paralyzing spinal cord injuries. If the fall was not your fault, you should not be forced to pay the price.
Recovering compensation in a personal injury claim for a slip and fall accident depends on being able to prove that another person is responsible for the conditions that caused your accident. In other words, it must be possible to demonstrate that another person could – and should – have prevented your fall. For example, a store owner can often be held responsible for a failure to clean a spill on the floor or to set out warning signs. Maybe the property owner left clutter in a walkway or did not provide adequate lighting in the area. Perhaps the owner failed to repair a broken stair step or handrail. If the owner or other person in charge of the property knew, or reasonably should have known, about the conditions that caused the accident, but did nothing to handle the problem, you may have grounds to sue. Slip and fall lawsuits are filed under the legal principle of premises liability.
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In some cases, proving a slip and fall claim is as simple as providing witness statements to support the assertion that unsafe conditions were known of yet left unhandled. In other cases, it may be necessary to retain the services of engineers and accident recreation specialists to perform detailed analysis of the slip resistance of the floor surface. When you hire a Northern Virginia personal injury attorney from Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. to represent your case, you can benefit from the fact that we have extensive resources at our disposal for prosecuting your claim. We go to great lengths to pursue the maximum compensation for our clients, and we are ready to take immediate action on your claim. Contact us now for a free case evaluation so that we can start putting our 90 years of combined experience to work for you!