Just like stairs and elevators, escalators can cause accidents. The National Elevator Industry, Inc. has released tips for people riding escalators in West Virginia and across the country to help promote passenger safety. Where an escalator defect or other issue leads to an injury, the injured party might have claims for damages against the property owner.
Among the many concerns of a small business owner in West Virginia is maintaining a safe property and avoiding liability issues. Legal claims are time consuming, expensive and potentially devastating to any company. If the business operates out of a physical location, anyone is a candidate to file a lawsuit if they fall while on the property.
When college students in West Virginia gather to relax and unwind, small gatherings sometimes turn into larger parties. Situations like this can quickly become potentially dangerous if an abundance of people are crammed into a limited space not designed for such purposes. This is exactly what happened when the floor of a clubhouse located near a university in South Carolina collapsed. During a large, private party, the structure's floor gave way and sent dozens of individuals into the basement below.
Falls are the top cause of injury-related insurance claims for supermarkets in West Virginia and across the U.S. As a result, many local and national chains are turning to technology to ensure customers remain safe and upright while visiting their stores.
People in West Virginia may be confused about the obligation that homeowners have to people who they invite onto their property to perform various kinds of work. Homeowners frequently hire others to babysit children, mow the lawn, provide cleaning services or repair broken items around the house. When people enter a home to do work, they always face the risk of injury. This is especially true if a negligent property owner fails to provide a safe space for people to work and a babysitter, contractor or house cleaner is injured as a result.
Approximately 7.4 million swimming pools are in residential or public use in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The same organization also estimates that there are more than 3,500 non-boating drowning accidents each year, many of them occurring in pools. Besides drowning, pools increase the risk for slips, trips and falls as well as exposure to harmful chemicals.
Small business owners in West Virginia probably know that maintaining a safe environment for customers and employees isn't cheap. To start with, premises liability insurance can cost $500 or more each year depending on business type and size. Owners must also spend money on routine maintenance and repairs, employee training and signage to warn others about safety hazards. If business owners face a claim, they then have to pay for a legal defense.
Many West Virginia readers look forward to visiting amusement parks each summer. However, not all amusement park rides are safe. For example, on June 14, multiple people were injured when a roller coaster malfunctioned at a park in Florida.
Many landlords and tenants in West Virginia may wonder how far the concept of premises liability stretches. In a recent case in another state, the parents of a man who died after a drug overdose sued the owner of the home where the overdose took place on the basis that he was responsible for maintaining the safety of people inside the home. They alleged that the landlord had a responsibility to remove tenants that he knew to be drug users as others could be hurt or injured due to drug side effects or overdoses.
Bounce houses are a popular activity for children at birthday parties in West Virginia and across the United States. Safety concerns with bounce houses were raised again during a recent incident in California. A 9-year-old boy received minor injuries when the bounce house in which he was playing was picked up by high winds and flew onto a busy highway approximately a quarter of a mile away.