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One slip-and-fall accident on an icy surface this winter in West Virginia may unfortunately cause long-lasting injuries to an individual. Injuries from slip-and-fall accidents can impact a person’s quality of life by preventing him or her from being able to work and move around as easily as before. One woman in a different state recently said she slipped and ended up falling on a patch of ice outside a hospital.

The woman said she was walking on the hospital’s property one day while trying to go into the emergency room. However, ice and water had reportedly accumulated in the area where she was walking. The woman said she lost her footing on the ice and fell down.

The woman said the hospital failed to properly maintain a safe walkway for pedestrians by not clearing away the patch of ice. She said the hospital caused her disfigurement, disability, lost wages and pain and suffering. She said she also accrued medical expenses.

In her premises liability lawsuits, the woman is seeking more than $50,000 in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded in cases involving egregious fault on the part of the defendant. Competent proof of negligence is needed to establish financial responsibility to the civil court’s satisfaction; only then can damage claims be decided. Monetary compensation cannot reverse the events leading to injury-causing slip-and-fall accidents, but it may help the victims to experience a sense of justice and thus more easily move forward from these incidents in West Virginia.

Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Pedestrian alleges Presence Mercy liable for injuries from icy sidewalk“, Robert Hadley, Jan. 15, 2016