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.
Each year, many West Virginia college students take part in spring break. If they are injured, it is important that they know about their legal options.
West Virginia property owners generally have a legal responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe environment for visitors and patrons. Someone hurt in a slip and fall or similar accident, however, might encounter difficulty collecting compensation for the injuries if a court finds that the person knowingly assumed the risk of a recognizably dangerous activity.
While attending school, students may sustain injuries a number of different ways. Parents in West Virginia should be aware that in some instances, schools can be held liable for not keeping students safe.
Municipalities in West Virginia may be reluctant to build skate parks for their residents due to concerns about liability. However, more injuries occur per number of participants in other sports, such as basketball, football, volleyball, hockey, baseball and soccer, according to the Skate Park Association of the United States of America.
As trampoline parks become more and more popular, West Virginia residents and parents may not be too surprised to learn that the rate of injuries at these parks are increasing. According to a study, injuries that occurred in trampoline parks increased from about 600 cases in 2010 to nearly 7,000 cases in 2014.
West Virginia homeowners are not obligated to protect those who trespass upon their property. However, they should be aware that they cannot willfully cause injury to any who do trespass. This law can become an issue for homeowners with frequent trespassers as they may find themselves liable for injuries any people, even the uninvited ones, sustain if their properties are left in an unsafe condition.