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West Virginia couple brings premises liability injury claim

Premises liability law seeks to compensate victims who have been injured by unsafe or dangerous property conditions. A West Virginia couple recently brought a lawsuit against a discount grocery store, asserting that the wife of the couple suffered injuries while shopping there. The claim brought by the couple's lawsuit alleges premises liability and negligence. The woman suffered a fall while shopping in the store and claims she fell because the store failed to make the premises safe for customers.

The victim alleges that she incurred medical expenses and lost wages and suffered emotional distress because of the fall. The couple is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the injuries suffered.

Property owners are liable for injuries if they fail to take reasonable measures to correct unsafe conditions or provide warnings concerning unsafe conditions. Premises liability personal injury protections can apply in a number of different types of situations, including slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall and inadequate security circumstances. The goal is to keep individuals safe from harm which is a reasonable expectation when on the property of another. Premises liability law can vary from state to state, so it is important to be familiar with the applicable state laws.

Victims of unsafe or dangerous property conditions can suffer physical, financial and emotional harm while conducting everyday activities such as grocery shopping. Because serious injuries can result from a fall in a grocery store, or in other circumstances, it is important for victims to know that they may have a legal right to compensation.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Shopper blames store for alleged slip-and-fall injuries," April 13, 2016

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