It is the legal duty of property owners to keep their premises safe from foreseeable dangers which could cause personal injury. When that responsibility is neglected it can lead to slip and fall accidents and serious injuries. In some of these instances, owners are aware or at least should be aware of certain hazards. When these owners do not exercise their requisite degree of care, many establishments become lurking dangers.
Under West Virginia law, property owners are obligated to exercise reasonable care when maintaining their properties so that visitors not subject to unreasonable risks. Specifically, this means individuals should not have to look down to watch that every step they take is free of danger.
Unfortunately, property owners often fail in this duty and those injured are left holding the bill for careless property owners. In West Virginia, between October of 2011 and August 2014, 1,086 injuries resulted from Slip & Fall type accidents totaling an incurred cost of $8,141,323.
You do not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence.
Fortunately, West Virginia law provides a means for injured individuals to recover their losses. It is only fair that those responsible, in whole or in part, for causing a serious fall to provide redress for the harm caused. However, unique legal rules apply to each situation to determine what the party should have done to prevent the accident. It is imperative for those affected to have the help of legal professionals experienced in these cases.
For instance, West Virginia Code section 55-2-12 contains a two-year statute of limitations that apply to almost all such lawsuits. What that means is anyone injured in a slip & fall accident caused by dangerous property conditions on someone else’s property must get their lawsuit filed against any potential defendant within two years.
G. Wayne Van Bibber knows and understands your rights and how the law will apply to you unique case. Call today and schedule an appointment with our Personal Injury experts.
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