Dog bites have been referred to as a serious public health problem by at least one major insurer. Another insurer paid out $90 million on dog bite claims resulting from around 3,500 dog bites. The Insurance Information Institute reported that dog-related injuries made up a third of homeowner's insurance claim payments in West Virginia and across the country in 2017. The total cost of dog bite claims against homeowner's policies came to nearly $700 million.
Property owners in West Virginia can be held responsible for personal injuries that range from someone being bitten by a dog to someone tripping over a wire or getting hurt on a broken piece of furniture. Property owners have the responsibility to protect their employees and visitors. They also want to protect their business. Both things can be accomplished by following these tips.
Elevator riders in West Virginia and around the country are protected by a variety of sophisticated safety devices, but accidents can and do still happen. One such accident claimed the life of a 30-year-old New York man on Aug. 22. The man died after becoming trapped between the elevator cab and the shaft wall. He was exiting the elevator at approximately 8:30 a.m. when the cab began to move. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
West Virginia residents may be aware that an Atlanta area hotel was evacuated on July 15 when guests started getting sick. It was quickly determined that the guests were suffering from an extreme form of pneumonia known as Legionnaire's disease, and the Georgia Department of Public Health eliminated any remaining doubt when it found Legionella bacteria in water samples collected from the hotel's cooling tower and an ornamental fountain in its lobby. A 49-year-old woman died after contracting the disease at the hotel, and the GDPH has positively identified at least 13 other cases.
Entertainer Wayne Newton is now facing a lawsuit because his pet monkey allegedly bit a girl who was touring his former estate. Residents of West Virginia should know that this Las Vegas estate, called the Casa de Shenandoah, is a 40-acre mansion with stables, gardens and exotic animals. It had been sold to investors in 2010 and is now a museum and tourist attraction.
On the morning of July 6, 2019, a vacant pizza restaurant in a South Florida shopping center exploded, injuring 23 and damaging several stores. West Virginia residents should know that this took place in the town of Plantation. The town's fire and police departments responded, pulling the victims out of the rubble and closing the street to traffic. They believe that a gas leak caused the explosion, but the case is still under investigation.
More workers' compensation claims are filed over slips, trips and falls than for any other kind of accident. This is according to the National Floor Safety Institute. The same institute says that over two million fall-related injuries each year are directly connected with floors and flooring materials. Property owners in West Virginia will want to see how they can improve floor safety. It all begins with identifying hazardous areas.
All business owners in West Virginia must comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act and maintain a safe environment for all entrants, including employees and clients. However, many business owners forget that this rule encompasses not just the building but also the parking lot. By remembering the following four tips, however, owners can keep the parking lot from being the site of injuries.
West Virginia residents should know that a man who claims he was assaulted outside the gates of Dodger Stadium back in 2015 will have his case sent to mediation. He had filed his complaint back in September 2017, naming Los Angeles Dodgers LLC and two individuals as the defendants. Among other things, the plaintiff is accusing the Dodgers of negligent hiring, retention and supervision.
West Virginia residents who own a swimming pool should know that 3,536 Americans die every year in unintentional non-boating drowning accidents. There are 7.4 million swimming pools and over 5 million hot tubs on residential or public properties across the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it's important that the owners do all they can to prevent drowning. Below are three ways to ensure pool safety.