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Premises Liability
Premises Liability

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Premises Liability Attorney

Property owners and managers have a legal responsibility to keep their property safe for anyone who may use it. Inadequately maintained premises can be dangerous for unsuspecting patrons and visitors, often resulting in serious personal injury.

High-traffic commercial areas such as hotels, restaurants, stores, and other businesses owe a duty of care to their patrons. When they fail to adhere to basic safety standards, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur because of their negligence.

Examples of Premises Liability

Most people think of slip-and-fall accidents when they think of premises liability. While this is definitely the most common type of premises liability accident, this area of law encompasses a much wider range of situations, including:

  • Inadequate lighting
  • Inadequate security
  • Malfunctioning locks
  • Toxic chemicals on the premises
  • Dangerous structures
  • Improper maintenance
  • Defective conditions

In short: if you sustain an injury on someone else’s property – even if that injury was caused by a third party – you may have a right to file a premises liability lawsuit. Our Norfolk premises liability attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley can thoroughly examine your claim to help you determine if a negligent property owner can be held responsible for your injuries.

Consequences of Improper Property Management

The consequences of a landowner’s negligence vary from case to case. Some of the most common premises liability cases come from injuries such as:

Injuries sustained on an improperly maintained premise may result in significant medical expenses, an inability to work, substantial changes in lifestyle, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Damages may be short-term or last for a lifetime, but all of these factors should be considered when seeking compensation for your injuries.

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury due to a badly managed property, please contact our Virginia premises liability attorney today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, representing injured victims throughout Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, and the Hampton Roads area. (Please be sure to schedule an appointment before visiting our Virginia Beach location.)

John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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