As the temperature drops this time of year in West Virginia, the possibility of snow and ice accumulation becomes more likely. With ice and snow comes the risk of slipping and falling. Though most people know they need to walk carefully on icy surfaces, they also rightfully expect sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways to be clear and safe.
Property owners have an obligation to keep their property free from unnecessarily dangerous conditions that might cause injury to guests. This is especially true when the property is a business that attracts a regular flow of customers, as dangerous property conditions can leave these customers with serious, even lifelong injuries. Unfortunately, not all business owners live up to this standard.
One West Virginia man knows the dangers of unsafe property conditions, as he has recently filed a lawsuit related to a slip-and-fall accident. In his lawsuit, the man alleges that he suffered injuries after falling in a U.S. Post Office parking lot. He claims he fell on ice in the parking lot because of the Post Office's failure to maintain safe property conditions. As a result, he sued the United States for an undisclosed amount of damages.
West Virginia law requires business owners to take certain steps to keep their customers safe from these kinds of injuries, which can have long-lasting effects. Therefore, anyone who suffers injuries due to someone's failure to remove or warn of dangers on the property may be able to recover compensation through a premises liability lawsuit. Customers expect business owners to do their part to keep customers safe. When these property owners fail, an experienced attorney can help hold them accountable.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Man says he slipped on ice at Augusta post office," Whitney Brakken, Nov. 6, 2013