Slip-and-fall lawsuit filed against university

Attending college football games has long been a major event for fans in West Virginia and all across the nation. Tailgating or gathering with friends prior to the game is a social event some may enjoy more than the game itself. While tailgating or just to avoid heavily trafficked areas, many ticketholders park in one area and ride buses to the stadium. Unfortunately, a woman in another state was injured after she fell while walking to board a bus to take her to a game last year. She has recently filed a slip-and-fall lawsuit against the university and the city for their negligence that contributed to her injuries.

In Sept. 2017, a woman was planning to attend a college football game. She was walking in a handicap parking zone toward a bus loading zone that was near the home of the university's president. She intended to ride the bus to the stadium where the football game was to take place. However, on her way to board the bus, she slipped and fell on some pine straw and other debris.

Slip-and-fall lawsuit filed against supermarket chain

Companies in West Virginia and all across the country frequently use distribution centers to store their products. These warehouses are often hubs of activity as items are delivered there and stored before being divided and then dispersed to other businesses nationwide. Many people and machines are at work in theses types of facilities each day. Unfortunately, with this much activity, there is also an opportunity for accidents. A woman in another state recently filed a slip-and-fall lawsuit against a supermarket chain after an accident at one of their distribution centers.

According to court documents, a woman had been delivering freight to one of the supermarket's warehouses in June 2018. The lawsuit states that the woman slipped because of some uneven concrete at the site. The accident occurred in the early morning hours and the area was reportedly dark. After the fall, the woman had to be transported to an area hospital because she could not feel her legs.

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 taken to hospital in West Virginia

Even with normal, everyday traffic, getting to and from work can be a challenge for most people in West Virginia and elsewhere. When motor vehicle accidents occur along commuters' routes, they can shut down major arteries and cause delays that last for hours. Such was the case recently because of a crash on I-79 that affected the morning rush hour.

The accident occurred early in the morning of Monday, Nov. 12, in Roane County and involved two cars. Although details about the crash are scant, reports said the accident caused the interstate to be shut down in both directions between the Amma and Wallback exits. Authorities asked that drivers avoid the area if at all possible.

Slip-and-fall accident at Walmart leaves man dead

Many West Virginia residents, others around the country and the globe shop at the thousands of Walmart stores located worldwide. Customers who patronize these stores assume that they will have a safe shopping experience, while in the facility as well as in the areas outside. However, Walmart was recently sued by a family following a fatal slip-and-fall accident that occurred outside a store in another state.

In May 2018, a 67-year-old was in the auto service area of a Walmart store. As he exited his car, the man fell after he tripped on some damaged concrete. The  man reportedly suffered fractured ribs, a broken wrist and blood clots. The lawsuit also stated that he had multiple abrasions and contusions from the fall. According to documents, the man died a week later from injuries suffered in the fall.

2 women seriously injured in West Virginia car accident

There are many things that drivers may take for granted as they travel on West Virginia roadways. For example, some people overlook the fact that something as simple as obeying traffic lights can prevent a car accident with significant consequences. Unfortunately, two women were recently injured following a crash that allegedly occurred because of a driver who failed to obey traffic signals.

The incident happened at approximately 6 a.m. on a day in early October. According to reports, the 46-year-old male driver of a sports utility vehicle ran a red light, sideswiping a pickup truck driven by an 18-year-old male. The older driver is said to have run another red light, striking a vehicle driven by a 37-year-old woman.

Prevent your kids from getting BOOboos this Halloween

You may feel a little apprehensive the first time that your child asks to take on the spookiest night of the year without you. The most common age that kids go trick-or-treating without a parent is ten years old.

If your child is feeling brave enough to face Halloween “horrors” of the night with friends, cover these safety tips with them to ensure their night is terrifying — not terrible.

Help is available to address overtime and wage issues

With the volumes of oil and gas that society needs to function, the hazards that workers in the West Virginia oil and gas industry face every day are taken for granted. Their jobs are among those that are rated the most dangerous in the world. However, overtime and wage issues are prevalent. Does it not make sense then that they are adequately rewarded for the risks they take and the many hours they spend away from their families?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a workweek is 40 hours, and any additional hours worked must be paid at one and one-half times the worker's standard rate of pay per hour. Sadly, many employers find ways to limit the wages they pay to hard-working men and women. Some employers steal work hours by excluding some compensable hours.

Motor vehicle accidents: 7 injured in 2-car crash

West Virginia roads and highways are traveled frequently, both by residents commuting to their daily activities as well as visitors who enjoy the miles and miles of scenic byways. However, with thousands of travelers on the roads each day, it is inevitable that motor vehicle accidents regularly occur. Unfortunately, some of these accidents result in serious injuries to those involved. A recent crash of two cars near Lashmeet caused injuries to seven people.

According to the West Virginia State Police, a 34-year-old man was driving south on a state route in his car. Instead of turning left into a driveway, he apparently drove into the path of a northbound traveler. The collision, which occurred in the early evening of Sept. 18, resulted in injuries to occupants of both vehicles.

Does your employer have to compensate you for travel time?

Many oil and gas workers and other employees here in West Virginia do a lot of driving in connection to their work. Are workers entitled to compensation for their travel time?

It depends on the specifics of the travel. There are federal rules in place regarding what does and does not count as work time for compensation and overtime purposes. Some types of travel time qualify as work time under these rules, while others do not.

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