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Rental property owners in West Virginia have a duty to ensure that their properties are safe for people to use. If they fail to do this, slip-and-fall accidents can easily occur. In one out-of-state case, a man recently alleged that a slip-and-fall accident caused him to suffer injuries on a rental property. He has since filed a premises liability lawsuit against the allegedly responsible party.

According to the lawsuit, the man was a tenant at the property when the accident happened. While he was walking at the property one day, he reportedly stepped on some liquid that was coming from a cooling unit. That is when he allegedly slipped and fell, suffering injuries.

The defendant in the lawsuit is accused of failing to appropriately maintain the rental property. The man also claimed that the proper precautions were not taken at the property and that property defects there were not fixed. According to the lawsuit, additional acts of omission and negligence were committed.

As part of the suit, the man is pursuing unspecified damages. Whenever people in the state of West Virginia are injured in slip-and-fall accidents due to the negligence of property owners, the injured victims have the right to file premises liability lawsuits, seeking damages. Monetary compensation in a suit that is fought successfully cannot undo the events leading to the victim’s injury. However, it may help to cover medical costs, the loss of wages and other related losses. It may also help to address emotional distress and pain and suffering resulting from the injury-causing incident.

Source: louisianarecord.com, “Man alleges he was injured in fall“, Carrie Bradon, July 2, 2016