West Virginia Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
As a customer at a business or while visiting public property, you expect that the property owners will take care to look for hazardous conditions located on the premises, and will act quickly to fix any problems once they’re discovered. Whether due to being understaffed or simply lacking concern for maintaining the property, many owners and managers of businesses fail to address dangerous conditions in a timely manner. This careless disregard of customer safety can lead to serious injuries for those visiting the property.
You may have a right to compensation for your injuries
As a customer of a business, a visitor to a public building, or as someone invited to a friend’s home, you have the right to trust that the premises will be safe, and that you aren’t facing a risk of injury by walking onto the property. The experienced West Virginia personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson have been pursuing compensation on behalf of slip-and-fall victims for years. Their knowledge of the law, coupled with their extensive courtroom experience, make for the ideal choice to represent you in a claim for injuries. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the Martinsburg premises liability lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson today for a free consultation on your claim.
When are businesses liable for injuries from a slip and fall?
Under West Virginia law, property and business owners have a duty to ensure that their property is kept in a reasonably safe condition, should they choose to invite in customers. If a hazardous condition exists, the property owner can often be held financially responsible for resulting accidents where:
- the property owner created the dangerous condition,
- The property owner was notified of the dangerous condition but failed to fix it within a reasonable time frame, or
- The property owner should have discovered the dangerous condition, had they regularly inspected the premises
This means that the property owner might not be held responsible for an accident that occurs in the moments immediately following the creation of the hazard – for example, another customer spilling their drink on the floor – since staff would not have had a chance to address the spill.
Common conditions resulting in slip-and-fall accidents
There are certain common reasons why customers slip and fall on public or private property, including:
- Spilled liquids in restaurants and retail stores
- Torn carpets
- Missing handrails on stairways
- Broken steps
- Snow or ice tracked into entryways
- Spilled slippery substances, such as oil or grease
Don’t delay filing a claim for damages
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, don’t allow your claim to expire by waiting to take action. Contact the seasoned, diligent, and effective Martinsburg slip-and-fall lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a consultation on your case, at 304-263-0900.