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Premises Liability In West Virginia

Property owners and businesses have a responsibility to keep their premises, land and property safe for visitors. Our Huntington personal injury attorneys at Sammons Olivero & Paraschos represent clients in West Virginia who have been injured by property owners’ negligence and hold negligent parties accountable for their actions

What Are A Property Owner’s Responsibilities In West Virginia?

Under West Virginia premises liability laws, private property owners and businesses owe visitors to their property or premises a duty of care to prevent injury to their visitors. In the state of West Virginia, this duty of care includes:

  • Regular inspection of a property or premises to find and identify hazards
  • Fix any known hazards in an appropriate amount of time
  • Warn visitors of any risks or hazards that can’t be fixed right away

If a property or business owner fails to satisfy their duty of care, a guest to the property who gets injured because of this failure can sue the property owner for negligence and collect damages for their accident injuries.

Premises Liability Claims

There are a number of different scenarios that could result in a premises liability claim. Our personal injury lawyers seek damages for injuries that were sustained in any sort of premises liability accident, including:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents that resulted from deteriorating stairs, loose handrails and slippery walkways or floors
  • Falling objects or merchandise
  • Swimming pool or drowning accidents
  • Inadequate or negligent security
  • Poor or inadequate lighting
  • Faulty smoke, fire or carbon monoxide detectors
  • Dog bites and animal attacks

In order to successfully pursue a premises liability action, you must be able to prove that the injury was caused by a hazard and not something unrelated. You also have to prove that the hazard couldn’t be avoided and that the property knew about the hazard.

Schedule A Free Consultation With A Premises Liability Lawyer

Our personal injury lawyers at Sammons Olivero & Paraschos offer a free case evaluation and consultation. To schedule your free appointment, contact our office at 304-522-7730 or send us an email using our website form. We look forward to answering your questions and telling you more about how we can help you with your case.