A former university student in another state has claimed that she was injured in a slip-and-fall accident on campus. She therefore recently decided to file a lawsuit against the school. Slip-and-fall accidents sometimes take place on properties in West Virginia and elsewhere due to the negligence of the owners of these properties, in which case the owners may be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
According to the lawsuit, the student discovered that a gate near one street entrance to her dorm complex was locked. She then decided to take a pedestrian path that was uneven. At the time, the woman was going back home from a local grocery store.
While walking on the pedestrian path, the woman slipped and fell. She reportedly fractured her right ankle and had to undergo surgery. The woman asserted that, because of her injury, she had to leave the university, which ended up dropping her financial aid. Thus, she lost credit for the spring semester of 2016, which is when the incident allegedly occurred.
According to the former student’s lawsuit, the university was negligent because it did not provide a walking path to the dorm complex that was safe. She claimed that a paved path should have been installed since foot traffic in the area was likely heavy, as indicated by the pedestrian gate at the path’s entrance. An understanding of the types of facts that must be proved is likely necessary to prevail in cases in West Virginia involving alleged slip-and-fall accidents.
Source: tallahassee.com, “Former student suing over fall at FAMU“, Karl Etters, May 3, 2017