Shopping might seem like a relatively safe experience, but it can be much more dangerous than most people think. Slip-and-fall accidents and subsequent injuries are a serious threat to the safety and well-being of West Virginia shoppers. Here are a few examples of how a business owner’s or worker’s negligent behavior could lead to a serious accident.
Businesses have to clean and maintain tidy interiors. However, waxing, polishing or mopping floors can leave behind a wet or slippery surface that might not be easy to see. Employers or owners are supposed to provide warnings or barricade off an area if the floors are wet, but many fail to do so. When this happens, unsuspecting customers can easily fall and suffer severe injuries.
Wet floors are not the only threat that might be lurking during a shopping trip. Uneven or torn carpeting are also a danger, as is anything that might be caught in a carpet that could easily catch on a customer’s shoe. Unfortunately, building owners often overlook what they view as minor problems in order to save a few dollars on repairs.
While falling on a slippery floor might be a common gag in comedy movies, it is far from funny in real life. Victims who have experienced the devastating injuries associated with slip-and-fall accidents often have to spend weeks, months and even years receiving medical attention for their injuries. This can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor which can be further complicated by lost wages for those who have to miss work during their recovery. This is why some victims in West Virginia decide to hold negligent parties responsible through successfully pursued premises liability suits.