Slip and Fall Lawyers

Slaughter & Lupton Law

Your Slip & Fall Advocates

Slip and fall accidents can cause serious and permanent injuries–even death. Slip and fall injuries occur when the injured person least expects an injury. It may be when the young woman is pushing her shopping cart through the store unaware that two seconds after her next step into the clear water on the concrete floor she will be on her back looking at the ceiling. It may be when the teenager is climbing stairs unaware that the next step has no support and will give way leaving him lying prone face down on the stairs, or a middle aged person who as he grabs a railing never expects the railing to just give way causing him to fall two stories.


Slip and fall injuries may result in concussions, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, torn ligaments and other injuries. Although you expect and trust property owners to remove hazards and dangers and to keep their premises safe, if they or their employees are not careful and mindful of dangers, their customers, patrons, lawful visitors, or guests suffer injuries. Often injuries in a premises case are severe and life changing all because of the business or property owner’s negligence.


When experiencing significant injuries from a slip and fall, the type of duty owed by a business (or property) owner depends on the nature of the relationship between the business (or property) owner and the injured person. For Virginia slip and fall injuries, if the injured person was an invitee (customer), then the business (or property) owner owes a duty of reasonable care to fix known hazards or sufficiently warn the customer of the hazard until it can be removed. In North Carolina, if the injured person was a lawful visitor to the property, then the business or property owner owes a similar duty of care to the injured person. As a matter of proof, the injured person must prove that the business (or property) owner, or their employee/agent either created the hazard or knew that the hazard existed and failed to remove the hazardous condition, or failed to warn the injured person of the hazardous condition. An example would be knowing of a wet floor, but not placing wet floor sign(s) that would be seen by a reasonable person walking near the wet floor. Many slip and fall cases end up in litigation because the business’ employees will not admit that they screwed up. Some of this evidence may be discovered in Answers to Interrogatories and Production by a business or property owner defendant of material such as video surveillance, maintenance logs, and employee rosters leading to depositions under oath of employees.


If you have a serious injury from a slip and fall, you may have the legal right to pursue a slip and fall claim and lawsuit. The outcome of these types of cases hinges on numerous factors. For these reasons, it is critical to the success of your injury case that you hire a skilled and experienced lawyer who knows the relevant law! The attorneys of Slaughter & Lupton Law, PLLC are experts in Virginia and North Carolina slip and fall cases. With significant litigation experience representing numerous individuals injured on others' property, we possess the necessary skills and resources to effectively represent you and fight for the maximum recovery for you! Our commitment is to advocate for your rights and diligently work toward holding negligent property owners accountable.


Please don’t wait. Contact Slaughter & Lupton Law, PLLC right now for a free initial consultation and discover how we can aid you in your premises liability claim.

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Slaughter & Lupton Law, PLLC is proud to service the following Virginia and North Carolina cities:


Virginia Areas We Serve

North Carolina Areas We Serve

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Common Causes

of Slip & Fall Injuries

Accidents can happen anywhere, but many accidents are anything but accidents; they result from someone’s carelessness, gross negligence, or willful conduct. Property owners and business occupants can heighten the risk of injuries to guests and lawful visitors on their premises through various actions or inactions such as:

  • Failing to promptly clean up liquids from floors where customers walk
  • Failing to place adequate wet floor signs or warning customers of wet floors
  • Permitting snow and ice to be tracked indoors by customers or visitors.
  • Neglecting to repair deteriorating walkways or parking lots.
  • Neglecting to repair structural defects or wear and tear conditions that make the building unsafe
  • Overlooking hazardous stairwells or steps.
  • Failing to ensure adequate lighting for exterior, interior spaces, and walkways.

In both Virginia and North Carolina, depending on the property type and your visitor status, property owners are legally required to rectify dangerous conditions or warn you about them so that you can avoid injury. When these owners/occupants fail to do so, and you suffer injuries as a result of their omissions, the property owner (or business owner/occupant) may be held legally responsible. They may owe you compensation for your injuries. A lawyer skilled in successfully handling serious injury slip and fall claims can assess the facts of your specific situation and knowingly advise you on whether you have a viable case.

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Injuries Commonly Seen

in Slip & Fall Cases

Accidents on another person's property can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which can be severe and necessitate immediate medical attention.


Here are a few examples of injuries that may occur in slip and fall cases:

Herniated/Ruptured/Extruded Discs: Disc injuries in someone’s spine can result in debilitating pain that causes physical incapacity or permanent impairments. Some disc injuries result in surgery such as laminectomies or fusions of vertebrae. 


Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Unexpected slips or trips can cause you to fall abruptly, possibly resulting in a head impact with the ground or other objects. Such a forceful blow to the head can lead to loss of consciousness or a traumatic brain injury. These injuries can have lasting effects, including memory difficulties, persistent headaches, and behavioral changes.


Broken Hips and Fractured Bones: Slips and trips can result in severe and lasting injuries, which can significantly affect your life. We are well aware of this fact and are committed to providing you with our expertise and assistance.

Get in touch with us today, and we will help you explore your legal options.

Do I Have a Slip and Fall Case?

Lawyers with trial and courtroom experience handling slip and fall cases, like the attorneys at Slaughter & Lupton Law, PLLC, can assess the merits of your injury claim and determine whether pursuing a claim viable or litigation is likely to lead to a satisfactory recovery. Typically, for a case to be viable, there must be more evidence of fault than just you sustaining an injury on someone else's property and a serious injury with significant treatment and damages. Courts consider several factors before deciding on compensation eligibility.


Legal Right to Be on the Property: Your entitlement to compensation can be affected by whether or not you were invited (Virginia) or a lawful visitor (North Carolina) to the property. If you were a customer or lawful visitor, the owner is typically required to take reasonable measures to ensure your safety. However, if you were trespassing, the property owner may not be held legally responsible for injuries occurring as the result of being on the property as a trespasser.


Nature of the Hazard: Determining who is at fault after an injury is important because it can affect your compensation. If you have been injured on someone else's property, it's important to understand your legal rights. We are here to help you navigate this process and provide the guidance and assurance you need during this difficult time.

To establish a viable liability claim in such cases, an injured victim typically must demonstrate one of the following:


  • The property owner caused the hazardous condition that led to the slip and fall injury (“Active Negligence”).
    The property owner was aware of the dangerous condition–the condition created by a third party–but failed to take appropriate corrective measures including placing visible warnings of the hazardous condition and failing to clean up or fix the hazardous condition. (“Passive Negligence”).

Why You Need a

Slip & Fall Lawyer

Slip and fall cases often require more research and meticulous examination than other types of injury cases, considering factors such as the duration of the hazardous situation and the reasonableness and appropriateness of the property owner's efforts to rectify the issue. Incidents of injuries due to similar conditions prior to the specific injury may be important in establishing notice.


Your Level of Care and Attention: Any contributory negligence on your part may also influence your case. If, for example, you were walking while you were using your cell phone and failed to notice a "Wet Floor" sign before slipping and falling, you may be less likely to receive compensation due to contributory negligence laws in both Virginia and North Carolina.


To seek compensation, context matters.


Consult with one of our experienced premises liability lawyers to discuss the facts of your case and determine your legal options. The Slaughter & Lupton Law, PLLC team understands how overwhelming and confusing this process can be, but we're here to guide you and help you make informed decisions.

Seek Assistance


Given the intricacies surrounding slip and fall claims, it is crucial that you reach out to an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in successfully handling slip and fall cases. If you or your loved ones are enduring pain and suffering due to a slip and fall accident, Slaughter & Lupton Law, PLLC and our experienced lawyers are here to assist you in seeking full compensation for injuries sustained from slips and falls at stores, restaurants, or on other people's property due to their negligence. When it comes to liabilities related to someone else's property, do not hastily accept a settlement or dismiss the incident as insignificant. Instead, contact us today to learn how we can support your recovery.


Slaughter and Lupton have decades of trial experience litigating slip and fall cases. Why not trust the team at Slaughter & Lupton Law, PLLC to manage the legal aspects of your injury claim while you focus on your recovery?


Contact Slaughter & Lupton Law, PLLC for a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer who understands the challenges of slip and fall accidents. We are here to guide and support you, and to protect your legal rights.


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Virginia Beach Location
5601 Virginia Beach Blvd. Suite 100
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

North Carolina Location
117 West Eden Street
Edenton, NC 27932

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