A previous post on this blog discussed how West Virginians can reasonably expect that if they go on the property of a Charleston business, they will not get attacked or otherwise be the victim of a crime. While property owners in this state cannot be expected to stop all crime on their land, they have an obligation to take security steps when there is a reason to believe that doing so is necessary.
This blog has previously discussed how Charleston, West Virginia, residents, whether they are visiting a business or even a private residence, have the right to expect that they will be safe from physical dangers while on that property.
Although residents of Charleston, West Virginia, probably do not want to think about it, there are a lot of ways they can get hurt whenever stepping into a retail store or mall, even for just a few minutes to return something or to pick up a quick item. For instance, if a store's floor is wet, uneven or poorly kept, then it is quite easy for a guest to trip or lose footing and fall. Even a badly working escalator or a corridor which does not have adequate lighting can cause slip-and-fall accidents. Likewise, slips and falls can happen in a parking lot, if the lot or surrounding sidewalks are not re-paved frequently or, after winter weather, are not cleared of the ice and snow.
When someone even goes to another person's home or goes shopping even at the grocery store, they are to some extent taking a chance. The reality is that in the Charleston, West Virginia, area, that are many homes and businesses that have hidden and obvious dangers.
For decades, West Virginia followed the traditional rule that how much care a landowner, like a business or a homeowner, owed someone who came on to their property depended heavily on how they came to be on the property.
With the winter season fast approaching, the risk of slip and fall accidents on snow and ice increases. Victims of slip and fall accidents on icy sidewalks and in other circumstances have legal remedies to consider to help them recover from the harm they have suffered in a slip and fall accident. Property owners and property managers are required to make a reasonable effort to reduce the risk of injury for guests, employees and patrons or must warn of the dangerous condition.
Being unexpectedly injured or otherwise harmed while conducting an everyday activity such as grocery shopping can have a significant impact on the life of the victim. A woman in West Virginia has brought a claim for damages against a major national retailer after she was injured while shopping in one of its grocery stores.
Mesothelioma can have devastating consequences for victims years following exposure. Mesothelioma is a deadly disease that is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Exposure to asbestos can result in painful illnesses including Mesothelioma and death. Legal protections are available to victims and their families when a loved one has died from Mesothelioma.
Victims who are harmed by an unsafe property condition have legal options to consider. A woman has brought a premises liability claim in West Virginia against a major national retailer, asserting that she slipped and fell in one of its stores. The victim asserts that she was shopping in the store as a customer when she slipped and fell on a wet and slippery substance on the floor. As a result of falling on the liquid substance left on the floor, the woman further asserts in her lawsuit that she slipped and fell and injured her shoulder.
Since the late 1800's and during a boom in the World War II era, asbestos was used throughout the United States in a variety of industries. Its fibers are thin and durable, and the material is resistant to heat, fire and chemicals, and the material does not conduct electricity.