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Business owners in West Virginia must ensure that their premises provide reasonably safe surroundings. Premises must be structurally sound with adequate lighting and free of hazards that can cause personal injuries. Property owners can be held accountable for injuries suffered by invitees due to dangerous property conditions.

The owners of a restaurant in another state are facing a lawsuit that was recently filed by a customer who alleges the owners failed to maintain an environment reasonably free of hazards, and to take due care to safeguard customers. Reportedly, the plaintiff visited the restaurant in Aug. 2014. While she was a guest in the restaurant, a light fixture apparently became loose and fell on her.

The woman claims to have suffered injuries to different parts of her body, including her head and her wrist. It is alleged that the property owners failed to ensure that the premises were inspected and maintained in a manner that would prevent such incidents. The plaintiff seeks in excess of $50,000 to cover medical expenses along with pain and anguish suffered due to the permanent injuries she suffered.

West Virginia residents who have suffered injuries due to dangerous property conditions can consult with an experienced premises liability attorney. If negligence on the part of the property owner is established in civil court, a monetary judgment in favor of the injured individual may be entered. Claims for damages must be properly documented and may include financial losses such as medical expenses and lost income, along with non-economic losses such as pain and suffering and loss of life enjoyment.

Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Customer blames Chicago restaurant for light fixture injuries“, Ruel Reyes., April 7, 2016