Every year, millions of people in the Unites States suffer some kind of injury while they are on someone else's property. For example, slip-and-fall accidents are a common problem in grocery stores, restaurants and other types of retail establishments. Property conditions like inadequate lighting or a wet floor often contribute to these kinds of accidents. But, in many cases, the property owner or business operator could have done something to make the area safer and to prevent the accident.
Like every other state in the country, West Virginia has laws that allow victims of these accidents to pursue legal action against the property owner. In addition, these laws also act to encourage owners to make their property as safe as possible for their guests or customers.
Nobody can possibly prevent all accidents from occurring, and this is no different when it comes to property owners or lessees. However, at a place like a shopping mall, the owner or manager has a legal obligation to do something about any known dangers, such as slippery substances on the floor, or sharp objects protruding from a wall. Moreover, the mall staff must periodically inspect the proper for any such dangers. When these conditions arise, the staff must either remove them or at least warn people of the danger.
Far too many accidents occur because a property owner or lessee failed to make safety a priority. When a person suffers an injury due to a property owner's negligence in maintaining the premises, the victim should understand their legal rights.
An experienced personal injury attorney at our firm can guide you through the process of recovering compensation for expenses related to the accident and other damages like lost wages.