The area of the law known as premises liability holds negligent property owners and possessors liable for the injuries and harm suffered by victims on their property. A West Virginia woman in a community about an hour south of the Kanawha County area recently brought a lawsuit for injuries she suffered during a fall in an icy parking lot. The woman asserts that she slipped on snow and ice in an elementary school parking lot, injuring her right knee. The victim is suing a local school board, accusing it of negligence in maintaining the parking lot. She asserts that the school board negligently failed to properly maintain the parking lot, keeping it clear of snow and ice, which caused her injury.
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.
The holiday shopping season is coming to a close. But, many of West Virginia's shoppers may still be planning to go to shopping malls and other retail stores in the Charleston area to partake in post-Christmas or end-of-year sales. In addition, some might go to return merchandise that they bought or received as gifts during the season.
Most Charleston area residents do not worry about their safety when they go out to public places like restaurants, shopping malls or grocery stores. However, anytime a public place attracts a big crowd of people, the property owner or business operator needs to take some steps to ensure the security of their customers. For one local nightclub, inadequate security may be a concern after Charleston Mayor Danny Jones publicly scorned the establishment because of recent violence on the property.