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Slip-and-fall accidents may be caused by leaking HVAC units

Patrons of hotels and other establishments in West Virginia naturally expect that the buildings they visit will be safe for the public to use. At times, however, business property owners fail to maintain their properties, which may result in injury-causing slip-and-fall accidents. A man and woman in another state recently filed a civil claim against a hotel chain, claiming that the woman fell there due to the company's negligence.

The suit was brought against Hyatt Corporation. According to the complaint, the woman said she slipped and fell on the hotel's premises and suffered injuries to several parts of her body, including her tendons, tissues, nerves, left foot and right wrist. She allegedly also suffered from loss of function, as well as scarring.

The woman said the slip-and-fall accident occurred because the hotel company did not repair a leaking air conditioner, which was dripping water over a walkway. In addition, she claimed that the hotel did not provide adequate lighting or a rug that was non-slip in the area of the air conditioner. The woman said she has lost her ability to complete everyday duties, in addition to racking up medical expenses. Meanwhile, her husband claims the loss of consortium.

The couple is seeking financial damages in excess of $75,000. People who are injured in slip-and-fall accidents in West Virginia may understandably feel angry if their injuries were the result of a property owner's lack of care. Injury victims have the right to assess all of their legal options, which may include seeking compensation in a civil claim filed against the allegedly at-fault property owner.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Fla. couple file suit over alleged slip at N.J. hotel in Philadelphia", April 28, 2015

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