Injured in a Shopping Mall?

If you think about it, commercial buildings keep getting larger and larger. More and more indoor malls are adding restaurants, entertainment venues, and various retail spaces. Take for example Tyson’s Corner Center in McLean, Virginia. With over 2,200,000 square feet of retail space, there is plenty of room for something to go wrong and an accident to take place. Like any other retail center, malls face substantial public liability exposure for a vast number of risks.

The owners and tenants of shopping malls are liable for injury and damages that result from fires, slips and falls, assault, physical attacks and biological attacks. They are placed under the same legal umbrella as other business establishments in regards to liability for loss or injuries resulting from an incident. Criminals have free access to the sprawling parking lots that are both indoor and outdoor, and are free to roam throughout the mall inhibited.

Some of the most common violent confrontations within shopping centers include robbery, sexual and physical abuse and other gang activities. The owners and managers of these commercial properties are required by law to anticipate the possible dangers for customers and to try and prevent them. If you have been the victim of a violent crime while shopping on mall property, you must investigate the possibility that inadequate security provisions were to blame.

Many stores realize that they are protecting themselves from litigation by adequately protecting their customers, but there are still stores that fail to follow through with safety provisions. If a mall does not use an adequate number of surveillance cameras or other personal protections, it will not be safe from a premises liability lawsuit. In the past, claims have been filed against shopping malls for the kidnapping and assault of a young woman at her son at a moll, the sexual assault of an employee at a mall, and the carjacking of a woman and her daughter. When you have suffered assault, robbery, carjacking, or any other type of damages at a shopping mall, call our talented team of lawyers to learn if you have a case for compensation.

What is my Case Worth?

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A VALID CLAIM?
The value of each case is determined on an individual basis. Personal injury allows the victim of negligence acts to receive compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering, psychological and emotional damages and financial losses. The details of each case will determine the final outcome. For example, if you sustained a catastrophic injury, you may be able to receive more as the injury tends to be more severe and has permanent, negative life-altering affects. It is important to remember that every claim is different.

Slip and fall cases can be more serious then medical malpractice, depending on the situation. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to provide you with counsel and advice as to the expected value of your case. We pride ourselves on being able to properly assess our adversary—normally the insurance company—and manipulate every situation to our benefit. When you hire us, we become partners in the pursuit of the maximum recovery possible, whether it is through trial or negotiation.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM
Our law firm has handled hundreds of cases over our decades of service since the firm was first established. We are highly qualified and will be able to answer your questions about the potential value of your claim. Every detail is of the utmost importance when evaluating a case. The goal of our firm is to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible. Making you whole physically, emotionally and financially is our only priority.

The professionals at our firm have over one hundred and twenty years of combined personal injury experience. We have won millions of dollar for our clients and are prepared to evaluate your injury claim. Our firm has received national recognition for its success including being voted one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for the past 19 years. These honors reflect directly on the dedication and hard work committed to each individual we represent. Careful review combined with an aggressive approach to resolving injury claims can be significant for you with regard to the final outcome of your case. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Workers’ Compensation in Virginia

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED AT WORK?
Injuries frequently occur in the workplace. Serious injuries can cause life changing effects that will directly influence your ability to live comfortably or work. They can be frightening and put financial strain on you and your family. Personal injuries that hinder your ability to work consistently make it difficult to pay necessary expenses or medical bills. If you have been injured at work, you may be eligible to receive workers compensation. You may also have an independent claim against a third party for your injuries. Workers compensation can be a necessity to those who are injured at work.

The compensation may be able to cover the following expenses:

Lost wages
Medical bills
Permanent disability
Death benefits
Rehabilitation
The stress personal injuries places on individuals and families can be alleviated with a proper workers’ compensation claim. Our law firm was established in 1923 and we understand what you are going through. The years of experience we have, over 120 years combined, provides us with knowledgeable insight into the Virginia legal system. We have won our clients millions of dollars throughout our years in practice, and we can help you too.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA WORKERS’ COMP PROCESS
If you have been injured while on the job, the first thing you should do is to report the incident to your employer immediately. After the incident has been reported, you should file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. You only have two years in which to file this claim following the accident or discovery of the occupational disease, so it is vastly important that you move quickly. The statute of limitations also states that workers only have five years from their last work-related exposure to file a claim regarding an occupational disease. According to the Commission, employees who have sustained an injury by accident or have suffered from an occupational disease are covered by workers’ comp.

To qualify, the accident must meet three separate elements:

Accident occurred at work or during a work-related function;
Accident was caused by a work-related activity; and
Accident happened suddenly at a specific time (not gradually)
On the other hand, occupational diseases must only meet two elements:

Disease was caused by work; and
Disease does not affect back, neck or spine
If the above elements are satisfied, the employee can file a claim for the benefits owed under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. These benefits include wage replacement, lifetime medical benefits, permanent partial impairment, permanent and total disability, death benefits, cost of living increase and vocational rehabilitation. If the initial claim is denied by the employer, it does not mean that you are out of luck. Instead, it simply means that it will not be voluntarily paid. In these circumstances, you will be able to submit a written request for a hearing to the Commission; at this hearing, you will be able to provide testimony, evidence and reports to prove that you have an injury or illness which qualifies under the Act.

PURSUING A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM
Filing for workers compensation can be intimidating. The large amounts of paperwork along with proper procedure can be time consuming and confusing. Our goal is to pursue the workers’ compensation benefits you are due, and make this process as easy as possible. The statutes concerning workers’ compensation can be difficult to comprehend, but we are here to help. Our firm, Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan is committed to providing with experienced legal counsel that is committed to the highest quality legal support for those injured on the job, either in filing the initial claim, or in an appeal when you have not received adequate compensation or have been denied. Call our firm today to learn more about how we can help.a