Virginia Premises Liability Lawyers

Were You Injured  Due to Unsafe Conditions on Someone’s Property?

If you were injured due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property—whether it was private property, public property, or commercial property—you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. 

At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, we provide personalized, caring premises liability services. We understand just how difficult these types of incidents are for victims and their loved ones. With this in mind, our Virginia premises liability attorneys work to secure the full, fair compensation you are owed. We are prepared to serve as your compassionate counsel and aggressive advocate throughout the legal process.

Our premises liability lawyers in Richmond and Virginia Beach handles premises liability cases throughout Virginia. Premises liability law is highly complex and require the oversight of a firm with serious personal injury experience, and access to highly qualified resources. Our Virginia premises liability attorneys have been serving our community since 1979, standing as Virginia’s trusted personal injury law firm.

Call us today at (855) 936-1747 or contact us online to request a free and confidential premises liability consultation.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability law protects those injured on commercial property, public property, or on other peoples’ properties due to dangerous conditions on that property. For example, if a box falls from a shelf onto a customer because a store owner failed to address a hazardous condition, or the store fails to maintain reasonable standards of care, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. An injury victim may be able to sue on the basis of violating premises liability law. Speak with a Virginia premises liability attorney from our team for a free consultation regarding your case and your potential rights.

Building a Premises Liability Case in Virginia

Though many people are hesitant to pursue premises liability cases, damages incurred in premises liability cases can be extensive. If you have been injured on another person’s property, you are likely experiencing a great deal of pain and discomfort. You may also be experiencing financial damage in the form of:

  • Medical expenses
  • Hospital bills
  • Costly treatments
  • Lost wages due to time off from work

Financial recovery can help you get the crucial medical care you need. It can also assist with lost income/wages from time taken off work to receive this medical treatment. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work temporarily or permanently, you may be entitled to receive compensation for reduced or lost earning ability. You may be able to take legal action against the property owner if they can be found legally responsible for your injuries due to an act or pattern of negligence.

There are many different types of hazardous property conditions that can cause serious injuries such as: 

  • Loose shingles
  • Insufficient security leading to rape, sexual assault, or other violent crimes
  • Potholes
  • Fire hazards
  • Broken or absent smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors

Injuries that can result from these hazardous conditions can be catastrophic. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Burns
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries

Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle

Our personal injury law firm handles a broad range of premises liability cases in Virginia, including those involving:

Negligent Security

The purpose of security is to protect people who are visiting a given property. Malls, retail stores, office buildings, hotels, apartment buildings, and other types of public and private properties often employ security to ensure the safety of guests. When security guards act negligently or when a property lacks security altogether, it can lead to serious harm, including assault. These incidents, in turn, can result in devastating injuries and long-term psychological effects for victims.

Premises liability claims can be difficult to pursue, and negligent security cases are particularly tricky. You must be able to show that the property owner had a duty of reasonable care to keep his/her property safe and that the property owner failed in this duty. You must also show that this failure led to your injuries, either directly or indirectly.

One way in which a property owner may fail to keep his or her property reasonably safe is by failing to enact reasonable security measures, such as:

  • Hiring one or multiple security guards
  • Installing security cameras on the property
  • Equipping the property with an alarm system
  • Keeping the property well-lit at nighttime
  • Posting caution signs warning guests of potential dangers
  • Erecting a security fence around the property

If a property owner fails to take steps to ensure a reasonable level of safety and security on his or her property and a customer or guest is robbed, assaulted, or otherwise harmed, the property owner may be liable. Additionally, if a hired security guard is negligent—for example, looking at his phone or asleep on the job—the property owner and/or the security guard may be partially responsible for any incidents/injuries that occur.

Retailer Claims

Premises liability law details the rights of injured individuals to file lawsuits against property owners whose negligence or recklessness causes their injuries. These types of accidents can and often do occur in private residences or on private land, but they are just as likely to occur on commercial properties.

  • Amusement parks
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels / motels / bed & breakfasts
  • Nursing homes
  • Restaurants
  • Boutiques
  • Schools
  • Office buildings
  • Veterinary offices
  • Medical offices
  • Spas
  • Salons
  • Health clubs/gyms
  • Factories/industrial buildings
  • Retail stores

Slip & Fall Accidents

Under Virginia law, property owners have a duty to inspect their properties for obvious defects and to either fix those defects or warn guests of the dangers posed by them. Often, property owners fail to act in accordance with this responsibility, which can result in serious injuries to guests and others lawfully on their property. Some examples of slip and fall hazards include:

  • Unmarked wet floors
  • Missing railings
  • Icy sidewalks
  • Broken steps

Determining Liability for Premises Liability Cases

Identifying why and how you entered the property in question is an important part of establishing liability for your injuries. You likely fall in one of three categories:

  • Invitees —If you are invited to someone else’s house or into a private commercial space, you are considered an invitee. The premises owner owes a duty of “reasonable care” to an invitee, meaning they have to fix or warn of dangerous conditions that they knew or should have known about. Most customers of businesses are invitees, because there is an implied invitation from the business to the customer for them to enter the store and shop.
  • Licensees—Licensees are people who enter a private or commercial property with permission, but they are different from invitees in that they are usually on-site for their own benefit or pleasure. Social guests are usually considered licensees. Ordinarily, a owner of a premises owes a duty to avoid active negligence that may harm a licensee.
  • Trespassers—Anyone who unlawfully enters a property without permission is considered to be trespassing, and property owners do not owe a duty to keep his premises in a safe condition for the trespasser. Rather, an owner simply has to avoid willfully or intentionally causing injury to the trespasser.

While establishing liability is important, there are various other elements of your case that must be proven in order for you to have a viable personal injury/premises liability claim, and you can only take effective action against the responsible party by securing legal representation. Before doing anything else, it is imperative that you reach out to an attorney with experience handling premises liability claims.

Choosing an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney in Virginia

Serving the area since 1979, our Virginia premises liability lawyers are more experienced than many other personal injury attorneys. Attorney Scott Bucci is a former defense attorney forof Walmart. This rare level of “insider” experience gives him—and, by extension and association, our entire team—a unique advantage and edge when it comes to taking on cases against major retailers. We have also dealt with big brands such as Target, Costco, Big Lots, Lowe’s and The Home Depot, as well as the major grocery chains.

Premises liability can be challenging, so you need the right legal team on your side. At our firm, we have a reputation for staunch, effective advocacy in our community, handling a wide variety of injury cases and protecting our clients’ rights against even the most powerful and well-funded defendants.

Our attorneys are proud to offer a free consultation to every individual injured by premises liability-related accidents. We focus on our clients, limiting our caseload to just a few significant matters. By doing this, we can provide the utmost focus and devotion to each case we do handle. You get our full resources. We’re prepared to advocate for you aggressively, taking a team approach to your case and leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to win the compensation you deserve.

Call us at (855) 212-8200 today for a free consultation at our Virginia Beach or Richmond office.

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Experience The Breit Cantor Difference

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  • Over 300 years of combined legal experience.
  • Attorneys have been recognized among the most experienced trial lawyers in Virginia and the country.
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  • Secured some of the largest settlements in Virginia history.