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Slip-and-fall accidents may take place at variety stores

A dangerous business property in West Virginia can end up causing harm to a customer in the form of a slip-and-fall accident, thus leading to pain and suffering coupled with unanticipated medical bills. One woman in a recent out-of-state case said she suffered one of these types of slip-and-fall accidents at a Family Dollar store. She has filed a lawsuit against the business.

The woman said she was shopping at the variety store one day and reportedly slipped and fell. She said she did not realize the floor had liquid on it until after the accident had happened. The fall allegedly caused her to seriously injure her right shoulder as well as her lower back. She said she required medical treatment of her injuries.

According to the suit, Family Dollar should have realized that its floor was wet. The woman has blamed the store's employees for failing to warn customers about the hazard, saying that they had a duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care in order to keep its patrons from suffering harm. The woman further said the store should have inspected and cleaned the wet area or should have better supervised areas of the store that were high-traffic.

As part of the lawsuit, which was recently moved to federal court, the woman is seeking damages totaling over $75,000. Any people in West Virginia who have suffered injuries in slip-and-fall accidents have the right to file premises liability claims against the businesses that allegedly failed to keep their properties in a safe condition for patrons. A financial award may help the victims cover their hospital costs and other losses related to the accident.

Source:, "Shopper's slip and fall suit removed to federal court", Heather Isringhausen Gvillo, Aug. 10, 2015

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