Gymnasiums May Be Sites of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

All property owners in West Virginia have a duty to keep their properties reasonably safe for social or commercial use. When they fail to do this, they can legally be held accountable for injuries resulting from slip-and-fall accidents that occur on their properties. One woman in a different state recently filed a lawsuit after she slipped and fell at a volleyball match.

The incident reportedly occurred when the woman was watching the game at a high school. The school’s volleyball players decided to dump ice-cold water on the volleyball coach in order to celebrate their win. However, the woman said nobody cleared the water from the floor, so when she was trying to leave the gymnasium, she slipped and fell.

The woman said she suffered severe injuries as a result of the fall. She has sued the local school board as well as an insurance company. She said the school did not maintain practices that were reasonably safe, did not clean up the ice water, and failed to warn other people about the water on the floor. She also claimed that the school did not exercise a reasonable amount of vigilance, did not appropriately train employees, and did not keep people from going into the area where the water had been poured.

The woman is seeking damages for medical expenses as well as mental pain and suffering. She is also seeking damages for the loss of wages, enjoyment of life, and learning capacity. Injuries stemming from slip-and-fall accidents can be life-altering. A successfully litigated case in West Virginia may result in financial relief based upon a showing of negligence.

Source:, “Spectator sues alleging injury in slip on ice water poured on coach after volleyball victory“, Kyle Barnett, April 6, 2015


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