Have You Had A Slip And Fall?
In the state of Virginia, occupants of a commercial premise, like a grocery store, owe it to their customers to use ordinary care to remove snow and ice. Ordinary care is defined as taking the proper steps to clear off walkways, parking lots, and other areas within a reasonable amount of time after precipitation has stopped. If the business fails to clear these areas, then they can be classified as negligent. Meaning, if you fall and are injured at a store or other commercial premise because of bad weather, you may have a claim.
What Is a Contributory Negligence?
But just because the store is negligent does not mean that you are entitled to recover for your injuries. Virginia is one of the four states and the District of Columbia that still recognize contributory negligence. This means that if you were negligent in any degree, and that contributed to your fall, you recover nothing.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident because of bad weather, give the Halperin Law Center a call to discuss your case.
About the Author:
Andrew Lucchetti is a proud partner at the Halperin Law Center, where he devotes his time to representing clients who were seriously hurt by the negligence of others. A graduate of the University of Virginia and University of Richmond School of Law, Mr. Lucchetti focuses on a variety of cases from slip-and-fall to car accidents.