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Alleged dangerous property conditions at store lead to suit

When stores in West Virginia do not keep their properties free of debris and other hazards, customers might end up leaving the stores with potentially life-changing injuries. In these situations, the stores with dangerous property conditions may be held financially responsible for their customers' injuries. In another state, one couple is suing a Family Dollar Store after the wife reportedly suffered injuries at this store.

The woman claimed that she fell while shopping at the store and suffered injuries as a result of the fall. According to the lawsuit, the store and the store's manager are liable for the woman's injuries, since they did not make the building safe for shoppers. She alleged that she lost wages as a result of the fall.

According to her complaint, the woman also accrued health care expenses, in addition to suffering emotionally as a result of her fall. In her lawsuit, in which she alleges premises liability and negligence, the woman is seeking litigation costs, along with both compensatory and punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded in cases of egregious fault.

People who are hurt at West Virginia businesses due to dangerous property conditions have the right to seek justice through the civil court system. They may seek monetary damages, which -- if awarded -- might help to cover their related losses, such as medical costs or even the loss of wages if their injuries prevent them from being able to return to work for a length of time. A damage award may also help to address emotional distress and pain and suffering caused by the hazardous property conditions.

Source:, "Shopper blames store for alleged slip-and-fall injuries", Robert Hadley, April 13, 2016

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