Premises Liability Attorney in Charleston, WV
In West Virginia, property owners, landlords, and building owners have a legal responsibility to keep their premises free from potential dangers that could cause personal injury. This responsibility includes removing dangerous hazards and materials from the premises as well as ensuring that the overall design and construction of the building and/or property doesn’t contain inherent dangers. If you’ve been injured on a property in Charleston, WV, or in the surrounding area, it can be helpful to contact a premises liability attorney who can help you pursue compensation for the injuries you accrued.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
Due, in part, to the Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia ruling in Mallet v. Pickens, 206 W. Va. 145, 522 S.E.2d 436 (1999), there is no longer a distinction between “invitees,” “licensees” and “trespassers.” As such, West Virginia law essentially has two categories of possible premises liability plaintiffs — trespassers and non-trespassers. Business now have a greater responsibility to remove potential hazards for the protection of various classes of non-trespassers. Trespassers on a property may not be eligible to receive compensation in a premises liability lawsuit.
Some common situations in West Virginia that have led to premises liability cases have included:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Injuries from falling objects
- Defective design, manufacture or construction that led to injury
- Stairway and handrail defects
- Inadequate security or safety measures
- Animal attacks/dog bite injury cases
- Walkway and pothole issues
Pursue Your Personal Injury Case With Charles M. Love
If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, due to an apparent negligence in detecting and rectifying certain dangers and hazards, you could be eligible to receive personal injury or wrongful death compensation designed to cover medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of present and potential future wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Premises liability cases can be extremely complex, as identifying the specific party responsible for the injury can be difficult. This can not only include landlords and property owners, but also architects, builders, and many others. For a personal injury and premises liability lawyer who boasts extensive experience in these cases, contact the Love Law Firm today at (304) 344-5683 for a free consultation.