Mr. Morrison also represents persons who fall and are injured as the result of another person’s negligence. In order to win a slip and fall case the person who falls must show that the owner of the property allowed a hazardous condition to exist and that the owner of the property either knew of the hazardous condition or should have known of the hazardous condition. The person seeking to recover must show that the hazardous condition was there long enough that reasonable efforts by the property owner would have allowed the hazardous condition to be corrected. It is not enough simply that you fell and were injured on someone else’s property.
As with automobile accident cases in Virginia, a slip and fall case in Virginia requires that the person who fell be free of any fault in causing his or her fall. This is called contributory negligence. The damages that one can recover from a slip and fall include medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. In a case where you slip and fall, it is essential to preserve evidence of what caused you to fall, such as video tapes or photographs. It is especially important to report to the owner of the property so that there is a record that the fall occurred. It is incumbent upon an injured person to ensure that the evidence is collected quickly and organized properly. Someone that is injured in a fall should seek professional consultation as soon as possible after the injury.