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Slip and fall accident results in lawsuit against Dollar General

Although many Virginia residents likely think of severe injuries and permanent disability in connection with major accidents, many minor accidents can have catastrophic effects on a person's physical condition and health as well. A slip and fall accident, for example, may seem minor to most people but frequently results in injury, severe pain and even permanent problems, especially if the person who fell is elderly or otherwise in a more vulnerable physical condition.

The company that does business as Dollar General has recently been sued in a premises liability lawsuit as the result of a slip and fall accident. The accident occurred at a store in West Virginia, but the chain has stores across the country, including in Virginia. The complaint alleges that the female customer fell while shopping in the store. She is suing for compensation and damages relating to the injuries she suffered. She alleges that she will suffer permanently as a result of the accident.

Although there are few details currently known about this case, it is not uncommon for people to be severely injured after falling in a store, restaurant or other public building. Property owners are legally responsible for the safety and upkeep of their properties. This means that they are legally obligated to warn consumers of, and take steps to repair, any dangerous property condition that could lead to an injury or fall.

While many property owners take this responsibility seriously, some do not. When a property owner is aware of a dangerous condition - whether it be an uneven floor, a slippery spill, unsafe stairs, or inadequate security - but fails to correct it, he or she can be held liable for any injuries or damages that result from the dangerous condition. Filing a premises liability lawsuit can enable injured consumers to obtain the compensation they need to pay medical bills and replace lost income while recovering.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Woman files suit after fall at Dollar General," Melody Dareing, April 10, 2014

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