Failure to properly maintain a floor used by members of the public is grounds for civil litigation in West Virginia if customers end up hurt as a result. Injuries can easily occur in slip-and-fall accidents, for example. One alleged slip-and-fall accident recently took place at a Sam’s Club in another state and has resulted in a lawsuit.
A woman filed the legal suit recently against the retail establishment, alleging negligence. Based on the complaint, the woman was shopping at the store while employees there were doing some mopping. As they were mopping, they were reportedly putting soapy water on the floor.
The woman asserted that no warnings had been placed in the area to let people know about the slippery wet floor. She said she, therefore, slipped and fell, which caused her injuries. In her lawsuit, the woman is pursuing a minimum of $50,000 along with court costs and additional relief deemed to be proper and just by the court.
Businesses have a duty to ensure that their properties do not pose hazards to their customers. When slip-and-fall accidents happen in West Virginia due to businesses’ negligence, the victims involved in these accidents have the right to take legal action. A preponderance of the evidence is necessary to establish liability in a premises liability case, at which point a judge will determine claims for monetary damages. Awarded damages may help to cover the cost of treating injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall accident as well as cover lost wages stemming from the accident.
Source: madisonrecord.com, “Shopper sues Sam’s Club over slip and fall on soapy water“, Molly English-Bowers, March 14, 2016