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Woman sues outlet store after slip and fall accident

Even though Virginia consumers probably believe that shopping is a relatively safe experience, the reality is that there are many risks in public stores and facilities. Property owners do not always take adequate care to keep the premises in good repair or warn customers of temporary risks, like wet floors. As a result of this oversight, customers sometimes suffer injuries that are the fault of the property owner. One of the most common types of these occurrence is a slip and fall accident.

A woman who fell while shopping in an outlet store has sued the store for damages to compensate her for the injuries she suffered. According to the plaintiff, she was being assisted by a store employee when the accident occurred. The employee had put a large truck on a cart to push it through the store for the woman. When the employee suddenly stopped in front of the plaintiff, the employee caused the woman to fall. As a result of the accident, the woman asserts that she has permanent injuries and needs continuing medical treatment.

There are many different ways that property owners can be held liable in a premises liability lawsuit. Slip and fall accidents are only one example, although they are a very common example. Slip and fall accidents can occur when debris is left on the floor or ground, when the ground is broken or uneven, when a floor is slippery due to mopping or a spill that has not been cleared, etc.

Although property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that their properties, including outside areas, are safe for customers and others, it can be difficult to present a successful case in Virginia courts because the courts tend to be conservative in this regard. In premises liability cases, a successful case will begin by proving that the property owner had a specific legal obligation. Then, the plaintiff must prove that the owner did not act in accordance with that obligation. Finally, the plaintiff must show that the property owner's recklessness or negligence was the cause of the plaintiff's injury. Working with an attorney experienced in this area of law can simplify the process because the attorney will understand the legal processes better and have a better idea of what works best to prove a case.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Woman files slip-and=fall suit against Ollie's," Melody Dareeing, June 18, 2014

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