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Substances on floor may lead to slip-and-fall accidents

A quick slip on the floor of a business or establishment in West Virginia can result in huge medical costs, depending on the severity of the fall. One individual in another state recently suffered injuries after a slip-and-fall accident. She has sued the establishment, claiming that such slip-and-fall accidents are preventable.

The incident took place at a temple. The woman said she was in the establishment and suddenly slipped on a substance on the establishment's floor. The incident reportedly caused the woman to become sick, lame and sore, and she suffered injuries to the knees, neck and back.

According to the complaint, the temple had failed to correctly inspect, manage and clean, as well as maintain, its premises. The woman said the temple also failed to establish safe procedures for cleaning and did not provide an environment deemed safe for its patrons. She said the establishment furthermore did not warn her or others about the hazard, nor did it set up warning cones or signs in the area to prevent potential accidents.

The woman is seeking more than $50,000 as part of her lawsuit. Those who own businesses or other types of establishments in West Virginia and other states have a duty to maintain their properties so that they are safe for the public to use. It is within the rights of individuals who are injured in slip-and-fall accidents on other people's properties to pursue damages through civil suits. Only if and when liability has been established to the court's satisfaction will claims for financial damages be determined.

Source: madisonrecord.com, "Woman alleges injuries in slip and fall lawsuit", June 4, 2015

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