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Women sues Walmart following slip-and-fall accident

Premises liability law offers protection for victims injured by an unsafe property condition. A woman in a community several hours west of the Fairfax area has brought a claim for damages against Walmart following a slip-and-fall accident in one of their stores. The victim asserts that the negligence of the retailer led her to suffer serious injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. The woman filed the lawsuit based on her assertions that the retail super center failed to maintain safe premises and breached its duty of care.

In her claim the woman notes that while shopping in the retailer's store, she slipped on a slippery substance on the floor which caused her to fall backward. As a result, she suffered serious injuries to her head, neck, back, shoulder and knee. Because of her injuries, she has suffered damages including medical expenses, mental anguish and pain and suffering damages. She is seeking compensation for the damages she suffered, as well as the costs of bringing her claim, in the lawsuit she recently filed.

According to the woman's claim for damages, the retailer failed to adequately inspect the premises to discover hazardous conditions and also failed to remedy the hazardous condition which led to the injuries she suffered. In general, property owners have a duty to inspect their property for dangerous conditions and to either remedy a dangerous condition or warn of the dangerous condition to prevent harm. When a property owner has violated their duty of care, and injury or other harm results, they may be liable to compensate injured victims for the harm they have suffered.

Premises liability claims, such as claims for slip-and-fall accidents, can be complicated which is why it is important to understand the legal options and process involved when a slip-and-fall accident has occurred. Premises liability law provides protections for injured victims so it is useful for them to be familiar with the legal resources available to them when harmed.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Customer blames Walmart store for injuries," Philip Gonzales, Oct. 21, 2016

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