Premises Liability

Because the results obtained in specific cases depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, past case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in future cases undertaken by a lawyer or law firm.

$15 million for lifetime care compensation for drowning victim in storm water retention pond

A young mother starts searching for her son, who was playing with other children in the common area of their housing development. Neighbors join the hunt and one dashes into the storm water retention pond and pulls the drowning boy from the water. He suffered catastrophic brain injury, putting him on a ventilator for the rest of his life. Partner Gary Mims successfully proved that the absence of any fencing or warning signage was negligent; the home owner’s association failed in its duty to maintain safe conditions. The settlement compensated the family and provided lifetime care costs for the boy, as well as housing and transportation modifications.

$7.5 million for permanent disability due to faulty golf course design

As reported in The Washington Post.

$1 million settlement for teenage death due to unmarked cable strung across road

A teenage boy is riding his ATV through unimproved countryside areas when he turns down a road leading to property owned by a public utility. He proceeds a short distance but hits an unmarked cable strong across the road; he dies from injuries soon thereafter. Partners Steve Frei and Gary Mims successfully argued that the cable created a public nuisance which rendered the utility liable for the boy’s death.

$750,000 for deadly slip and fall

In this very tragic case, a man died while trying to reach the front door of his apartment building after snowfall, melting and refreezing conditions. The defendant claimed that the man was contributorily negligent, that is, that he should have known the parking lot was icy and should have been more careful. However, Partner Chuck Sickels and associate Matt Perushek succeeded in gaining a settlement based on the clear paths doctrine in Virginia law which states that the defendant needed to prove that a clear alternative path was available to the man, which was not.

$440,000 for permanent injury from uneven ramp, dangerous condition

The plaintiff was helping her daughter move into a new apartment in Alexandria, Virginia. As she stepped from the parking deck stairs to the ground, she fell and suffered a severely sprained ankle and fractured toe. Attorney Matt Perushek filed suit against the property owner, alleging that the staircase created an unsafe condition on the property. Perushek presented evidence to the court that the property failed to comply with building codes and that the victim suffered a permanent impairment to the joint. The award, including interest, exceeded $440,000. The property owner paid the judgment in full.

Property owner knew of hazardous condition that resulted in serious injury

Out playing golf one day, a woman slipped and fell on an older walking bridge connecting a golf fairway to the green. Her injuries were life threatening, requiring two surgeries and extended recovery time. At trial, the firm successfully proved that other golfers had previously fallen and notified the owner of the hazardous condition. The jury rejected the defendant’s argument that the golfer was contributorily negligent because she did not walk on a mat in the center of the bridge.

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Gary Mims represented me as my attorney with an issue I had last year. Working with Gary was a pleasure. He was very understanding about my situation, and it was affirming to talk to him. He had a good grasp not only of the legal issues, but the technical issues with my case. Other attorneys I had approached were less receptive because they were not familiar with my particular issue; Gary was. He was professional, empathetic, and a zealous advocate. I was very pleased with how he handled my case... Lisa Ramish
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Trusted advice and guidance when you need it most: Gary Mims of Sickels, Frei and Mims, provided outstanding help and guidance through a difficult, emotional and often complex process. When we first thought we might need legal assistance we reached out to several attorneys that we found on the internet and Gary stood out from all the rest: he explained the situation and process ahead in simple terms that we were able to understand...While we hope not to need legal support in the future, if we did, Gary Mims would most certainly be our first, and only, choice. 10 out of 10, thank you Colonel Jeremy Johnson