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Alleged dangerous property conditions lead to lawsuit

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen unexpectedly in West Virginia when commercial establishments fail to keep their properties safe for walking. In one out-of-state case, a woman filed a premises liability claim against a grocery chain, alleging dangerous property conditions caused her to slip and fall there. Reportedly, the accident left the woman with injuries.

The woman said construction was being done at the shopping center where the grocery store is located. When the woman parked her car in a parking space for the handicapped, she left the car and went toward a crosswalk. The woman said she then tripped and ended up falling in a portion of the crosswalk that was being repaired.

The woman said her fall occurred because the area of the construction was not inspected and maintained. She also said people were not warned about the danger in the area. As a result of the fall, the woman reportedly suffered abrasions to her elbow and fractured her right knee.

As part of her lawsuit, the woman is pursuing damages. She is also seeking interest, as well as reimbursement for the costs of the lawsuit. When people in West Virginia are hurt on the premises of a business that was careless in maintaining the property, they have the right to take legal actions. Financial restitution in a case involving dangerous property conditions, based upon a showing of negligence, may help a victim to cover his or her medical bills, the loss of wages and other accident-related expenses. A monetary award may also help to address emotional distress caused by the incident.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Food store chain and contractor desire slip-and-fall case to be sent to Northampton County", Nicholas Malfitano, Oct. 23, 2015

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