Holding Property Owners Liable for Injuries Caused by Negligence
Wherever you go, you should be able to expect that the property owner has made the property safe for visitors. Sometimes property owners do not maintain their property.
When safety hazards are ignored, customers and other visitors are likely to suffer injuries. Slip and fall accidents occur when surfaces are wet due to a spill or ice. Trip and fall accidents are the result of uneven surfaces or objects lying on the ground.
When a property owner has notice of a dangerous condition on their land and that condition causes an injury, the slip and fall lawyers at Prim Law Firm, PLLC work to hold the property owner accountable.
Serving those Hurt in a Store or On Private Property
Both slip and fall accidents and trip and fall injuries fall under the legal category of premises liability injuries. These accidents can happen anywhere, such as in a warehouse, a construction site, or a doctor’s office.
Slip and fall injuries are extremely common in places like grocery stores where spills happen every day or in parking lots which can be icy.
Trip and fall accidents are also common in stores where objects have fallen on the ground, or in other facilities with uneven carpeting or broken steps. Our injury lawyers work to prove that your accident was caused by negligence.
Holding Stores Liable for Your Injury
In West Virginia, every visitor to a property is entitled to a duty of reasonable care from the property owner or manager.
That duty includes keeping the property reasonably safe and inspecting for certain dangers.
In order for an injury victim to recover damages, our attorneys will help them prove:
Failure To Notice
The owner must have either known about the danger or been in a position where they should have known.
For example, when milk spills at a grocery store, it is reasonable for it to take a minute or two for employees to notice the spill and notify their superiors.
However, after a few minutes, the store should have known about the spill and can be held liable. This issue is often contested in court or settlement negotiations.
Our slip and fall attorneys will help you understand how it applies in your case.
Duty Of Care
In West Virginia, property owners owe a duty of care to visitors, but not to trespassers. Trespassers are only protected from willful or wanton actions likely to result in injury.
Even on private property, it is illegal to set dangerous traps which can hurt trespassers. We help injury victims prove that they had a right to be on the property. In cases of trespass, we work to show that the landowner’s actions were unlawful.
Our attorneys use all available evidence to prove that a store manager or building superintendent knew or should have known about a dangerous condition on their land.
Contact an Experienced Premises Liability Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall accident, our injury lawyers will help you get justice.
At Prim Law, our slip and fall attorneys are focused on helping injury victims get the compensation they need to heal and move on with their life.