When it comes to a slip and fall injury claim, you need to show that the property owner owed you some type of duty. Duties of property owners and storeowners include the duty to exercise ordinary care towards people who are invited onto the property, duty to have premises in a reasonably safe condition, duty to remove, within a reasonable amount of time, foreign objects on the ground and duty to warn visitors of any known dangerous conditions.
Objects and Substances on the Floor
In a Virginia slip and fall accident caused by an object on the floor or slippery surface, you have to prove that the property owner or storeowner put it there. If you can't show that, then you have to prove that the property owner or storeowner knew it was there, or should have known, as it had been on the floor for a sufficient amount of time. For the property owner or storeowner to be liable for your injuries, you will have to argue that they did not remove the object or substance or warn of the danger.
Length of Time Object or Substance was on the Ground
One of the key elements in a slip and fall case has to do with the length of time the substance or object was on the floor. As far as Virginia slip and fall cases, the Supreme Court of Virginia has stated, "it is just as logical to assume that it was placed upon the floor an instant before the plaintiff struck it as it is to infer that it had been there long enough that the defendant should, in the exercise of reasonable care, have known about it."
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