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Slip-and-fall accidents in snowy weather may lead to lawsuits

A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit against a city following an alleged slip-and-fall accident. Property owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe for other people to use. Thus, slip\-and\-fall accidents caused by the negligence of the owners of the property where they occurred may be grounds for litigation in West Virginia and elsewhere.

The woman claims that the city was supposed to clear and salt the sidewalk on which she slipped outside of a county courthouse one day. According to her complaint, the accident took place at about 9:45 a.m. when she was going back to her automobile from the courthouse. Her accident reportedly caused her to suffer serious injuries.

The woman asserts that the sidewalk on which she fell looked as though it had not been salted and cleared completely. Thus, it was allegedly dangerous to pedestrians even though it may have appeared to be safe. About 3 inches reportedly fell throughout the day on which the woman fell.

The lawsuit was filed against the city, the mayor and the city employees charged with keeping the Kentucky municipality's sidewalks free from snow and ice. The plaintiff seeks a monetary judgment in an amount that a jury considers to be appropriate and reasonable. She is also requesting legal costs along with post-judgment and pre-judgment interest.

When people suffer injuries in slip-and-fall accidents in West Virginia, they may be entitled to file premises liability lawsuits against the allegedly at-fault property owners, seeking financial redress through the civil justice system. Competent proof of negligence is typically required to establish liability. Once achieved, claims for damages can be determined.

Source: amnews.com, "Stanford sued over alleged slip-and-fall accident", Ben Kleppinger, Jan. 25, 2017

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