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.