Thousands of West Virginia residents visit water parks each year, and they rely on park operators to do all that they reasonably can to prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses. An 18-year-old Ohio woman lost her life after coming into contact with a deadly amoeba during a visit to a North Carolina waterpark in June 2016, and her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the park seeking damages in excess of $1 million. According to reports, the lawsuit was filed in Columbus on June 19.
Amusement park rides across the United States attract millions of visitors each year. Most are looking for the thrill and inherent danger of high-speed roller coasters and plummeting water rafts. While these rides are fun, they present a very real risk of serious injury or death to riders, and accident liability is foremost on the minds of managers in the industry. It may also be prudent for West Virginia park visitors to have some idea of the potential issues in case an accident does occur.
West Virginia residents who remember the 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia might approve of the $227 million settlement awarded to victims. The tragedy that killed seven people and injured 12 more involved a building under demolition falling on a one-story Salvation Army thrift store. The arbitrator chose to give the largest portion of the settlement, $95.6 million, to one victim in particular, a 55-year-old woman who suffered catastrophic injuries.
West Virginia residents may be in the mood to host parties now that summer has near. However, it is important for them to do so in a manner that protects themselves and their guests regardless of how many people show up. In some cases, a home insurance policy may pay damages related to a broken piece of property or injuries suffered in a fall.
West Virginia residents may have heard about an increase in reports of a parasitic infection called Crypto that is largely associated with swimming pools and public water parks. The CDC says that there were 32 cases reported in 2016, which was double the rate reported in 2014. This was according to early data published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The law firm of Farmer Cline & Campbell PLLC is proud to announce the recent achievements of attorneys Stephen B. Farmer, Robert A. Campbell, Jeffrey Jones, R. Chad Duffield and Matthew Nelson. Because of their high level of skill in representing their clients, they have been recognized by the legal community for being among the top attorneys in the state of West Virginia.
West Virginia residents who have suffered injuries while inside retail establishments might sympathize with a woman who filed a lawsuit against Kroger after she suffered injuries while inside one of its stores. The complaint was filed on April 12 and alleged that the defendant failed to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition.
When West Virginia families admit their elderly loved ones into nursing homes, they expect the staff and facilities to keep the residents safe and free from injuries. However, a study found that traumatic facial injuries are common among nursing home residents due to falls.
West Virginia residents who own dogs may be interested to learn that over the course of 2016, there were approximately 18,000 dog bite claims that were filed around the country against homeowners. This represents an approximate 20 percent increase over a 10-year period.
While it is common for large retailers to be sued by people who are injured in their stores, Walmart tops the list of big-box establishments that face the most lawsuits due to individuals getting injured at their locations. It is estimated that 13 lawsuits are filed against Walmart every day, which works out to around 5,000 injury suits each year.