West Virginia, like many other states, has laws in place to ensure that people injured on someone else's property can file for compensation. Such cases involve what is called negligence, or the failure of the defendant to live up to a certain standard appropriate for a given situation. Property owners must live up to public safety regulations and have buildings that are up to code, for instance.
Unsafe building injuries are more common than some might realize. Whether it's in West Virginia or elsewhere in the nation, people are frequently injured on wet floors, on cracked pavement, and by falling objects. Such injuries can give victims the grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit. For one to be successful, though, several things must be established.
West Virginia companies that own and operate laundromats may be held liable for injuries or damages that are sustained on the premises. However, they can take steps to prevent liability claims by prioritizing safety. They can also limit their exposure to claims by being aware of the most prevalent areas of risks associated with their particular business.
West Virginia residents may have heard that a fire on a casino shuttle boat that was traveling off the coast of Florida left a woman dead. It was reported that all 50 passengers and crew fled the boat fire by jumping into water.
Slip and fall claims are among the most common personal injury claims not only in West Virginia but also in the rest of the U.S. The majority of slip and fall accidents take place outdoors, with the factors outlined below usually contributing to them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.