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A man in another state claims that he was hurt at an apartment complex. He has sued the complex as a result. If a person in West Virginia suffers injuries on a business property due to dangerous property conditions, it is within his or her right to pursue financial accountability from the property owner in civil court.

According to the lawsuit, the man was a tenant at the apartment complex. One day, he was reportedly walking on a sidewalk at the property and stepped on a substance. The substance is said to have caused the man to lose his balance and fall.

The man claims that the slip-and-fall accident caused him to suffer serious injuries. These injuries have reportedly resulted in medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. The man asserts that the property owner did not keep up the sidewalk in a condition deemed to be reasonably safe and also did not give sufficient warnings about the dangerous condition of the sidewalk.

The man is seeking a jury trial as well as compensation above $50,000. If an individual in West Virginia is hurt because of dangerous property conditions, he or she may pursue compensatory damages, with punitive damages also possibly being awarded in cases of egregious fault. Competent proof of negligence is necessary to establish liability according to the court’s standards, which must take place before claims for financial damages will be adjudicated. A damage award may help to cover medical bills as well as address emotional distress caused by the injury-causing incident.

Source: madisonrecord.com, “Tenant sues property owner over slip and fall“, Michael Abella, Jan. 3, 2017