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Slip-and-fall accidents may occur at grocery stores

When people fall in a West Virginia store where the floor has not been properly maintained, the resulting injuries may be debilitating. The injuries caused by slip-and-fall accidents often have an adverse effect on the victim's quality of life. One individual in a different state recently filed a suit, alleging that she suffered injuries after falling in a grocery store.

The woman said she was doing some shopping at the store. All of a sudden, she slipped and ended up falling on a rug located near the front door. The accident reportedly immobilized the woman, so other people had to help her.

The woman claimed that the grocer's negligence caused her incapacitating injuries. In her premises liability claim, the woman alleged that the grocery store had a duty of ordinary care. However, the business purportedly breached that duty by permitting the rug to remain at the store's entryway.

The woman asserted that the fall caused her to suffer permanent physical injury. The incident also reportedly caused emotional and mental distress, aggravation, loss of mobility and a higher chance of being injured in the future. She also alleged that she lost income and earning capacity, in addition to accruing medical bills. People who suffer injuries in slip-and-fall accidents on business properties in West Virginia due to the negligence of the property owner or entity in control of the premises have the right to pursue claims for compensatory damages, which -- if awarded -- may help them to cover their financial losses.

Source:, "Customer blames grocer after slip and fall", Carol Ostrow, June 19, 2015

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