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Slip-and-fall accidents may happen on icy walkways

When a business property in West Virginia is not kept up properly, a person may easily end up slipping and falling. Unfortunately, slip-and-fall accidents might cause a person to suffer long-term physical injuries and accrue costly medical bills as a result; the individual may also be unable to work while trying to heal. One woman in another state was reportedly involved in a slip-and-fall accident at a Kroger's Food 4 Less.

According to a recently filed lawsuit, the woman was going into the store one day from the store's parking lot. She suddenly slipped on a walkway that was covered with ice. The walkway on which she slipped led to the store's entrance.

The woman claimed that the store neglected to properly inspect the property's common areas for safety. The store is also accused of not posting warning signs. It also allegedly did not keep the walkway safe for customers. The woman said the fall caused her to suffer injuries that are permanent and will require medical treatment in the future.

As part of her lawsuit, the woman is seeking over $50,000 along with litigation costs. Claims involving slip-and-fall accidents can be successfully litigated if liability is established according to the standards of a West Virginia civil court. Only if and when liability has been established will a judge decide monetary damage claims. Monetary compensation may not be able to reverse the events leading to a slip-and-fall injury; however, it may help to address the emotional distress and pain and suffering caused by the incident.

Source:, "Shopper blames Food 4 Less for injuries from fall on ice", Robert Hadley, Jan. 6, 2016

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