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Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents in West Virginia

Visiting someone else's property, whether a private home, store, or park, comes with an expectation of safety. West Virginia premises liability law reflects this by requiring property owners to maintain a reasonably safe environment for visitors. This means taking reasonable steps to identify and address potential hazards or warn visitors about them.

If you slipped, tripped, and fell due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, reach out to the personal injury attorneys at Mike Slocumb Law Firm right away. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your resulting medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Our team can help you file your claim and seek a fair settlement. We are committed to holding negligent property owners accountable, even if that means taking your case to court.

Failing to Maintain a Safe Property Can Lead to Liability

If a property owner fails in this duty and you are injured as a result of a dangerous condition, you may have the right to take legal action.

Common examples of dangerous conditions include:

  • Wet floors without proper warning signs
  • Uneven pavement or stairs
  • Poor lighting in walkways
  • Malfunctioning escalators or elevators
  • Defective railings or grab bars
  • Missing or broken handrails
  • Recently mopped floors without proper warning signs

Common Slip and Fall-Related Injuries

Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common injuries, affecting millions of Americans every year. Contrary to popular misconception, these accidents often result in severe, life-changing injuries. In fact, falls are among the leading causes of death in older adults, as well as certain types of workers. 

Slip and fall accidents often lead to the following injuries: 

  • Broken bones (fractures)
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Internal bleeding
  • Soft tissue injuries (muscle strains, sprains)
  • Back injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Hand and wrist injuries
  • Cuts, scrapes, and abrasions
  • Lacerations
  • Scars and disfigurement

These and other fall-related injuries can have significant physical, emotional, and financial effects. The road to recovery can be long, painful, and costly; many victims find themselves facing serious challenges when it comes to getting back on their feet after a slip and fall accident.

At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we understand the struggles you are going through—and we know how to help. Our Charleston slip and fall lawyers can help you take on the liable property owner and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed.

Give us a call at (304) 802-2115 or contact us online using our free and secure case evaluation form today to request a complimentary consultation with a member of our team.

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Holding Property Owners Accountable in West Virginia Slip and Fall Cases

Not every slip and fall accident on another's property leads to a personal injury claim. To have a strong case in West Virginia, you'll need to meet specific requirements.

Elements of a West Virginia Slip and Fall Claim

To succeed, you'll need to prove the following elements of your case through evidence like witness statements, medical records, and accident scene photos:

  • Duty of Care: The property owner owed you a duty of care. In West Virginia, this typically applies to non-trespassers (invitees and licensees).
  • Breach of Duty: The property owner breached their duty of care by failing to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition or warn you of potential hazards.
  • Dangerous Condition: A dangerous condition existed on the property and caused your fall.
  • Causation: The dangerous condition was the direct cause of your injuries.
  • Damages: You suffered measurable and compensable damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc.) due to your injuries.

Comparative Negligence in West Virginia

West Virginia follows a comparative negligence law. This means if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, your compensation will be reduced based on your percentage of fault.

Our Charleston, WV slip and fall attorneys carefully investigate these claims to determine exactly what happened and, most importantly, who is legally responsible for your resulting injuries and damages. If we find that a property owner acted negligently in some way, we will aggressively work to hold them accountable for your resulting economic and non-economic damages. 

How Long Do You Have to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit in West Virginia? 

In West Virginia, the statute of limitations for filing a slip and fall lawsuit is generally two years from the date of the accident. In other words, you only have two years to file your claim in court. If you miss the filing deadline, you will almost certainly lose your right to sue the liable property owner (or another third party) for damages.

Because time is limited, we strongly urge you to reach out to our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm right away after a slip, trip, and fall accident. We can advise you on your various legal options and develop an innovative, personalized legal strategy aimed at maximizing your total recovery. Our firm does not collect any attorney fees or litigation-related costs unless/until we recover compensation for you.

There is no risk in talking to our Charleston, WV slip and fall attorneys about your case. Call (304) 802-2115 or contact us online today to get started.

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