You walk into a store to purchase a few important items. However, today's trip is far from ordinary. Instead of racing through the store, you find yourself lying on the floor in pain following a slip-and-fall accident.
If the business property owner did not properly maintain the area where you injured yourself, you have the right to seek to hold him or her accountable for your slip-and-fall injuries. Here is a look at common indoor conditions in Virginia that result in slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident injuries.
Floors may be hazardous
Property owners must polish, mop and wax their floors. However, if you fall on a store's floor because it is wet, the property owner might be liable for your injuries if he or she made the following errors:
- Failed to offer adequate warnings concerning the dampness of the floor
- Failed to provide appropriate barriers for closing off the area of the damp floor
- Treated an inclining or sloping floor section
- Used too much polish or wax
- Applied polish or wax in an uneven manner
- Did not use a treatment featuring non-skid ingredients as required
- Treated one section of the floor but not another section, thus causing a change in condition that could lead to a slip-and-fall accident
A property owner may also cause you to suffer injuries if he or she has not properly maintained a mat, carpeted floor or rug. For instance, an area of the store's carpet may be torn, broken, bulging or worn. In addition, items stuck in the carpet's material might catch your footwear and cause you to trip and fall.
Stairs may pose dangers
Stairs usually feature materials that wear down with constant use. For instance, the edge of a stair may become rounded, thus causing you to slip and fall. In addition, debris like gum, dirt or trash may be present on a store's stairs. The property owner might be held responsible for your resulting injury if he or she knew about the hazardous condition yet failed to address it.
Your rights following an injury-causing slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident
If you suffer injuries at a business location in Virginia due to the property owner's negligence, you may seek the reimbursement of damages by filing a premises liability lawsuit. In a successfully fought suit, you may receive a damage award that might help with addressing your health care bills and other losses resulting from your injury-causing accident.