A woman in another state recently received a nearly $2 million award after suffering injuries at a convenient store. The injuries stemmed from a slip-and-fall accident at the shop. Individuals in West Virginia who suffer injuries in slip-and-fall accidents can likewise seek monetary damages for their injuries through the civil court system.
In the out-of-state case, the 47-year-old woman went to the convenience store to purchase soda back in Dec. 2016. She stepped into a water puddle that had accumulated around an ice and beer bin. The fall caused the woman to suffer severe injuries, including herniated discs and a torn rotator cuff. She then filed a lawsuit against the convenience store.
The case was tried over a period of four days, with the jurors' deliberation spanning 3.5 hours. The jurors determined that the convenience store was fully liable for the woman's injuries, as the store owner was aware of the unsafe conditions caused by the ice bins yet took no steps to fix the problem. The jurors thus awarded the woman nearly $2 million for both future and past medical expenses as well as pain and suffering.
Stores and other businesses in West Virginia are legally obligated to keep their properties safe for customers to use. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and as a result, patrons sometimes end up suffering major injuries that are life-altering. Fortunately, victims of slip-and-fall accidents resulting from negligent business owners have the right to seek damages. A judicial award of monetary damages in a premises liability suit may help the victim to cover his or her medical costs and other losses associated with these types of accidents.