West Virginia Slip and Fall Accidents Attorney
Slip and fall accidents may occur virtually anywhere. The causes of slip and fall accidents vary greatly. Slip and fall accidents may result from temporary conditions, such as oil that recently spilled on the floor. In other circumstances, slip and fall accidents may result from a permanent condition, such as a defectively built stair or an improperly installed handrail. Owners and management of commercial property are responsible for safely maintained and secured premises. Visitors, shoppers, passers-by and others who legally enter the property of another are owed a duty by the owner of the property. The owner must maintain the premises in a manner that is consistent with specific standards of public safety. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, it is advisable to obtain a consultation with a West Virginia slip and fall attorney to review the circumstances of your case. If your slip and fall injury was a result of the negligence of the property owner or manager, you may seek compensation in a slip and fall personal injury claim. Tiano O’Dell represents clients who have been injured in slip and fall accidents.
Indoor and Outdoor Slip and Fall Property Conditions
Generally speaking, all public areas must be safe to walk upon. This may include the following:
- Floors – must be free of grease, slippery substances, obstructions and debris that could be the cause of a slip and fall injury
- Stairs, stairways, handrails – stairs must be safely and strongly built to withstand the constant traffic of shoppers and passers-by. Handrails must be securely fastened and be able to withstand the normal weight of large quantities of people.
- Exits and entrances – must be properly lit and must have proper signage
- Elevators – must be regularly and properly serviced and maintained
- Escalators – must be frequently cleaned and inspected, with proper safety switches available
- Bathrooms – must be clean, sanitary, regularly inspected and sanitized
- Sidewalks, pavement, passageways – must be safely maintained; surfaces must be even and without obstruction
Other Conditions That May Result in a Slip and Fall Personal Injury Claim
- Holes must be filled and brought to surface level
- Walkways must be free of ice, dangerous substances
- Proper security – includes monitors, remote viewing, personal, security guards, police protection where appropriate
- Lighting – areas must be well lit
- When areas are cleaned, mopped, or otherwise maintained, proper caution signs must be displayed so that pedestrians will be able to avoid dangerous conditions, slippery floors, etc.
If a property owner is negligent in maintaining these areas in a proper manner, an injured victim may seek compensation in a slip and fall action.
Complimentary Consultation with a West Virginia Slip and Fall Attorney; No Legal Fees Unless We Win Your Case
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, compensation may be pursued if the property owner was negligent in maintaining the premises and if the accident was caused as a result of the inferior conditions. Tiano O’Dell offers a complimentary legal consultation to review the circumstances of your case. If they accept your case, there will be no legal fees unless a settlement is reached or the case is won at trial. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call Tiano O’Dell at 304-720-6700.