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Water puddle leads to premises liability lawsuit for supermarket

Virginia residents have to frequent a great number of public places, businesses, and establishments every day. They trust that these places are safe and well-maintained and that they will not be in danger simply by setting foot in the door. Unfortunately, property owners do not always take the care they should to ensure guest and customer safety. One of the most common problems is a slip and fall accident, which can often cause severe and painful injuries.

A grocery store chain has recently been sued by a customer in a premises liability case. The lawsuit is based on a fall suffered by the woman, when she slipped on some water on the floor. She injured her knee during the fall and is accusing the supermarket of failing to maintain safe premises or failure to warn of the dangerous condition. The amount of damages has not yet been determined by the court.

When customers and guests slip and fall in a public place and suffer injuries as a result, the law provides a way for the injured person to sue the business or property owner for negligence. Slip and fall accidents are particularly egregious because they are often very preventable. Businesses and property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that dangerous conditions are quickly corrected so as to prevent risk to customers. If the condition cannot be remedied quickly, the property owner has a responsibility to warn customers of the condition so that they can take measures to protect themselves.

Although it seems logical that a business or property owner should be held liable for negligence in maintaining safe premises, a premises liability lawsuit can be difficult without the assistance of an experienced attorney. Success in the lawsuit often involves proving the existence of a dangerous condition, as well as proving that the property owner knew, or should have known, of the dangerous condition yet failed to take steps to correct it. Quantifying damages can also be difficult. By working with an attorney, an injured plaintiff can focus on his or her recovery and leave the legal work to the attorney.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Foodland sued after customer slips on wet floor," Annie Cosby, Jan. 21, 2014

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