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Slip-and-fall accidents may occur at supermarkets

A store customer in another state recently claimed that the supermarket caused her to suffer injuries after she fell while shopping. She has therefore filed a lawsuit against the business. When slip\-and\-fall accidents occur as a result of the negligence of a business in West Virginia, the business may be held liable in civil court.

According to the woman's lawsuit in the recent out-of-state case, the woman was at the store one day and was walking in the frozen section. All of a sudden, she reportedly fell as a result of a slippery material on the floor. The woman claimed that she suffered injuries in the fall.

The alleged injuries caused the woman pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement. She also asserted that she accrued medical and hospital expenses and loss the ability to enjoy her life as a result of the fall. According to the plaintiff, the store did not maintain a safe floor, did not warn the woman or other store customers about the floor's dangerous conditions, and did not eliminate or remedy this danger.

Business property owners in West Virginia are expected to keep up their properties to ensure that they are safe for the public to use. However, sometimes the property owners forsake this duty, and customers end up getting hurt in slip-and-fall accidents. In this situation, the injury victims have the right to file premises liability lawsuits against the property owners, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. Competent proof of negligence is required to establish liability before the civil court, at which point claims for damages will be determined.

Source:, "Publix Super Markets shopper files suit after slipping in Hollywood store", Jenie Mallari-torres, June 6, 2017

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