Chesapeake Premises Liability and Injuries at Businesses
Businesses have a duty to make sure their property is safe for visitors and guests. If a business does not act reasonably to keep you safe, it can be held financially responsible for any injuries that they cause because of their carelessness. An attorney who understands Chesapeake premises liability and injuries at businesses can help you determine whether you have a valid claim and what steps you may need to take to get compensation for your losses.
Property owners, managers, and those who are leasing property all may be responsible if an unsafe condition on their property results in injuries to others. Regardless of whether you were hurt at Greenbrier Mall, Crossways Shopping Center, Chesapeake Square Mall, any of Chesapeake’s six Walmarts, or at one of the many restaurants in town you should contact a local attorney. Our skilled personal injury attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can fight to get you the money you deserve.
Common Sources of Premises Liability Claims
The most common premises liability claims including injuries occurring at businesses, stores, hotels, motels, and even amusement parks. Examples of businesses negligently causing injury to their guests and customers include:
- Spilled liquids and other products in grocery stores such as Harris Teeter, Food Lion or Walmart
- Cracked and uneven flooring or sidewalks
- Defective handrails or missing or damaged steps
- Mall parking lots without enough security
- Dangerous and damaged parking lots
- Snow and ice in the parking lot with no warning signs or timely clean-up
- Defective and damaged weightlifting and exercises equipment at gyms
Businesses and stores must take steps to remedy or at least warn visitors of potential hazards. When they do not and you are injured, you should discuss your options with a Cooper Hurley injury lawyer who has experience handling Chesapeake premises liability and injuries at businesses claims.
What Responsibilities Do Chesapeake Businesses Have Toward Your Safety?
These cases can be incredibly complex, and the law applying to Chesapeake premise injury cases tend to favor and protect the business. This is why consulting with an experience Chesapeake injury attorney is important to make sure your rights are protected and to improve your chances of receiving fair payment after suffering an injury at a business through no fault of your own. Before receiving any payment for injuries, the law that applies to Chesapeake premises liability and injuries at businesses cases requires the injured person to prove:
- The business knew or should have known, that there was an unreasonable risk of harm due to some condition at the property
- The business failed to either correct the hazardous condition or warn you of the hazard condition
In many instances, this can be harder to prove than it sounds. For example, the business often claims it had no knowledge of the hazard that injured you. It is the burden of the injured person and their lawyer to prove that the business knew or should have known of the dangerous condition. This makes a prompt and thorough investigation critical to a successful premise liability injury case.
Even if an injured person can prove that a business maintained an unsafe premise causing your injury, the business or its insurance company will sometimes argue that the injured person shared some fault in causing the accident and their own injuries. Under Virginia injury law, if the business can prove the injured person did not act reasonably with regard to their own safety and share fault in causing their own injuries, then the law may prevent any recovery. This can be true even if the injured person only shares little responsibility. Accordingly, stores often argue that the injured person should have seen and avoided the hazard, or should have acted more cautiously.
The duty of the stores, restaurants, and other businesses to maintain a reasonably safe premises for others, however, differs according to why you were on the land. If you were on the property legally as an invitee, guest, customer, or there to yourself conduct business, the owner has a duty to act reasonably regarding your safety.
Speak with One of Our Chesapeake Premises Liability and Injuries at Businesses Attorneys
Premises liability cases stem from injuries at businesses that occur when customers, guests, or other individuals enter the property. If property owners or occupiers fail to take measures to fix potential hazards on their property or warn you about those dangerous conditions, they could be liable for the damages that result.
A Chesapeake premises liability and injuries at businesses lawyer from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can fight for you. We know the law and your rights and can help you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Reach out to us as soon as possible to avoid losing any precious time on your claim. Taking that step can help ensure that you can pursue any avenues of compensation available to you. Call us today.