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Case involving alleged dangerous property conditions settled

A McDonald's restaurant in another state was blamed for an alleged fall leading to an injury. However, that premises liability lawsuit alleging dangerous property conditions was recently settled. If a person in West Virginia is injured on a business property due to the carelessness of the business owner, it is within his or her rights to try to hold that business owner accountable in civil court.

In the recent out-of-state case, a man claimed he was at a McDonald's when he came into contact with some liquid that was spilled on the floor. He asserted that he slipped and fell on the liquid. According to the suit, the fast-food eatery failed to remedy the condition that caused his fall.

The man claimed he suffered many permanent and serious personal injuries as a result of the McDonald's slip-and-fall accident. He sought damages exceeding $50,000, along with costs and additional relief. An order to settle and discontinue the case was filed in late August.

Restaurant owners and other business owners in West Virginia have a responsibility to keep their grounds free of debris and hazards that cause injury to patrons. If they fail to do this, they can be held liable in civil court. A person who is injured on a property due to dangerous property conditions has the right to file a premises liability claim, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained because of the injury-causing accident. Liability must be established to the civil court's satisfaction before a claim for financial damages will be determined.

Source: pennrecord.com, "McDonald's slip-and-fall injury case settled in Philadelphia County court", Nicholas Malfitano, Aug. 29, 2016

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