Drive around various areas in central Virginia and you’ll see more than a few old farm houses, country homes and buildings that probably should have been torn down or fixed years ago.
It seems, sometimes, like the area is chronically plagued by these kinds of condemnable structures. The problem seems worse in some areas of the state. For example, take a look around some of the entrance and exit ramps off of the major interstate highways like Rt. 81 and Rt. 64. Passengers in vehicles don’t have to keep their eyes on the road, so they can spot all sorts of leaning, decaying or otherwise compromised buildings that are in no way fit for human habitation or much else.
They may look quaint and appeal to someone’s sensitivity for country character, but these buildings can also be abundantly dangerous.
The Abandoned Property Scenario
It only takes one unfortunate incident to generate a massive injury litigation around a specific property that hasn’t been kept up as it should be. This may happen when a prospective buyer visits the property for an informal tour. It can happen when local kids or teenagers, bored with small country life, decide to break into an abandoned building and go exploring.
There are any number of ways someone can access a poorly maintained structure and get severely injured, whether it’s stepping on a rusty nail, falling through a rotten floor or having portions of the building fall down around them.
Too often, property owners just feel like “nobody’s going to visit” their property. The house or building in question may be off the beaten path, far from any neighbors and really hidden back in the woods or the remote hill country of the central VA area. However, no one should be taking that risk and no one should be exposing others to that risk either.
Good property maintenance extends to every single piece of property in the country, no matter where it is or who owns it. Personal injury lawyers know this best because they are the ones who are tasked with supporting clients who have been harmed because of poor or negligent property upkeep.
These legal professionals see all kinds of cases where the injury victim needs compensation for his or her medical treatment and more. Property owners may not fully understand the issues or even be fully mentally competent or educated in their responsibilities, but the end result is always the same: negligent property upkeep results in liability.
Call a Local Virginia Injury Law Firm
If you or someone in your family has been injured in the Charlottesville or Albemarle County area, contact the personal injury attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. We have experience helping residents bring their cases to court and get the best chance at applicable compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Let us help you evaluate your legal options and get your voice heard in a local court of law.