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Woman files premises liability claim against City of Charleston

For sports fans in West Virginia, March means a myriad of college basketball games leading up to the NCAA Basketball Championship. March is also an exciting month for high school basketball, as local and state tournaments get underway. For one Charleston woman, however, high school basketball in March may bring about some unsettling feelings.

The woman and her husband recently filed a premises liability lawsuit against the City of Charleston. The lawsuit stems from an accident at the Charleston Civic Center during a high school boys basketball state tournament game. The lawsuit alleges that the woman fell from the stairs of the Civic Center and suffered serious injuries including a broken wrist.

In their lawsuit, the couple argues that the City of Charleston, which owns the Civic Center, is responsible for her injuries because it failed to use slip-resistant flooring materials on the stairs and railing where she fell. In addition, the lawsuit claims that the stairs looked like a ramp and did not have appropriate signage or lighting. The woman is seeking compensation for a variety of damages that she suffered related to the accident. Her husband is asking for compensation based on how his wife's injury has negatively affected his own life.

People who attend a basketball game or any other event shouldn't have to worry about getting hurt due to a dangerous condition at the venue. Property owners and operators have a legal responsibility to maintain the premises and to take other reasonable steps to keep guests safe.

Regardless of how this particular case turns out, people in the Charleston area who have suffered injuries due to a hazardous condition on someone else's property should know that they may have the right to seek legal compensation.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Woman says she broke her wrist at Civic Center," Chris Dickerson, March 8, 2016

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