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Plaintiff awarded $7.5 million in watermelon injury case

The multinational retail corporation Walmart claims that it has producers send prepackaged watermelon displays to its stores that are ready to be "dropped" and sold without additional preparation. However, a 61-year-old man whose hip was broken as he attempted to select a fruit in one of these displays has been awarded damages in the amount of $7.5 million by a jury. The verdict may eventually affect the way fruit is displayed at supermarkets in West Virginia and across the U.S.

Poor slip resistance causes most slip and falls, study says

Business owners in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. will want to review the Slip and Fall Study Report released by CNA Financial Corporation. Researchers studied the slip and fall liability claims that it received over a six-year period, from January of 2010 to December of 2016, and came to several conclusions.

Over 1 million Americans injured on stairs every year

A study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine has shown that over 1 million Americans are involved in stairway accidents each year, costing in the aggregate approximately $92 billion in medical bills and other direct and indirect expenses. Residents of West Virginia, no matter their age, should take note because over two thirds of those treated in emergency rooms were between 11 and 60, which is a fairly wide age range.

Ingestion of caustic chemicals causes severe burns

Chemical burns can happen in several different types of situations. One that is more common than many West Virginia residents might believe is the accidental ingestion of caustic chemicals by restaurant patrons. Indeed, estimates put the number of people injured by eating or drinking chemicals between 5,000 and 15,000 per year nationwide.

Slip and fall risks may be greater than is assumed

West Virginia companies may be seriously underestimating the risk of slip and fall injuries at their locations, a study indicates. The author of the study notes that many employers are exposed to significant liability risks and costs due to underestimating the risks of floor safety and failing to address high-risk zones.

Woman sues nightclub after her son is struck by a car

West Virginia business owners are expected to do all that they reasonably can to protect their visitors and other members of the public from harm. Meeting this duty of care generally involves ensuring that facilities are adequately maintained, properly signposted and safe, but additional safeguards should be followed in establishments where alcohol is served. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs can be sued when accidents and injuries are caused by individuals who had been served alcohol despite showing obvious signs of intoxication, and criminal sanctions are possible when lives have been lost.

Many apartment buildings lack sprinklers

West Virginia apartment residents may not even consider whether or not their buildings have fire sprinklers installed. The lack of a sprinkler system came as a surprise to one Honolulu family after a fire in their apartment building resulted in several deaths. The family reported that they hadn't even considered if sprinklers had been installed. After the Honolulu fire and others in major cities across the United States, the lack of this basic safety system has become a growing concern.

Types of ankle injuries

West Virginia residents who suffer an ankle injury in a fall may have a long recovery period or could have permanent damage. There are a number of different types of injuries that may happen to the ankle. Three bones make up the ankle, and any of these could be fractured. Some ankle fractures might involve injury to the lower leg bone. This is the type of injury that might leave permanent limitations to the ankle's function.

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