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A seemingly minor slip-and-fall incident can end up causing major physical and financial problems in West Virginia. In one out-of-state case, a woman reportedly fell at a Subway Sandwiches and Salads restaurant inside a Walmart store. She has decided to file a lawsuit against both businesses, alleging that dangerous property conditions, for which both were responsible, led to her fall and subsequent injuries.

The woman said she stepped into liquid on the Subway restaurant’s floor and ended up slipping and falling. The fall allegedly caused her to suffer injuries. The woman claimed that both businesses were careless, because they did not remove the liquid from the floor or offer a warning about the danger.

The woman said the defendants should have made the floor slip resistant or offered slip guards to keep customers safe on their premises. The stores are also accused of not exercising care and not following regulations at both the state and the federal levels. However, Subway said the woman caused her own injuries because she did not carefully look out for her safety, and she should have seen the obvious slippery condition. Walmart has also denied liability.

When people are injured at businesses due to dangerous property conditions, it is within the rights of the injured victims to file legal claims against the reportedly at-fault businesses. Liability must be established according to the strict standards of the civil court. Only then will damage claims be decided in West Virginia. Awarded damages might help the victims to cover the loss of wages and slip-and-fall-related medical costs.

Source: madisonrecord.com, “Wal-Mart, Subway deny liability in slip and fall suit“, Heather Isringhausen Gvillo, Dec. 1, 2015