When businesses in West Virginia fail to keep their premises free of debris, especially in the winter, pedestrians can easily slip and fall. Unfortunately, slip-and-fall accidents often send the victims to the hospital. Those injured must cope with their physical fall-related injuries and also cope with the accompanying financial stresses. One woman in another state recently claimed she suffered injuries in a slip-and-fall accident at a university.
According to a lawsuit she filed against the university, the woman visited the university along with her son to meet with the school’s dean of admissions. Due to bad weather, the woman reportedly attempted to reschedule the college tour for a different day. However, the woman alleged that the admissions dean insisted on doing the tour the same day.
The woman asserted that, during the tour, she and her son were walking with the dean up some stairs. All of a sudden, she apparently slipped and ended up fracturing her wrist. Since she fractured her wrist, she has reportedly had severe pain; the injury as well as several related complications have required her to undergo ongoing treatment.
When people suffer injuries in slip-and-fall accidents, whether in West Virginia or another state, it is within the rights to seek to hold the allegedly at-fault property owners accountable through the civil court system. Competent proof of negligence is required to establish liability in a civil case involving premises liability. Once that occurs, the court will determine claims for financial damages. A damage award cannot undo the events leading up to a slip-and-fall accident, but it may help to bring closure to a victim.
Source: oaoa.com, “Lawsuit filed against UTPB“, Feb. 8, 2016