Stores in West Virginia are expected to create environments that are suitable for customers to use. However, in one out-of-state case, a man suffered injuries as a result of a slip-and-fall accident at a supermarket. The man filed a civil lawsuit against the store, alleging dangerous property conditions, and was recently awarded a total of $1.6 million in the case.
The man who was hurt was 84 when the accident happened. The plaintiff alleged that his femur broke as a result of the fall he experienced in the store. The fall has reportedly led to ongoing issues with his broken leg that have prevented him from being able to take part in normal activities. For instance, he alleged he can no longer weed his garden. The plaintiff’s attorneys also claimed that the store used evasive tactics, such as not preserving video footage, even though it had been asked to do this.
The plaintiff’s attorneys told jury members during the trial that the store should get the message about the importance of taking customer safety seriously. The monetary award includes a million dollars in punitive damages. Additionally, a total of $525,000 was awarded for pain and suffering, while $102,000 was awarded for therapy and medical costs.
When people in West Virginia are hurt due to dangerous property conditions, it is within their rights to seek to hold accountable the owners of the dangerous properties. Punitive damages may be awarded in cases of egregious fault. Although monetary compensation cannot undo the events leading to a victim’s injuries in a slip-and-fall accident, for example, it may help the victim to experience a sense of justice following the ordeal.
Source: abajournal.com, “Jury awards $1.6M to man in supermarket slip-and-fall, including $1M in punitives“, Martha Neil, May 17, 2016