What You Need to Know About Slip & Fall Accidents
We Represent Those Injured from Unsafe Property Conditions in Washington
In Washington, property owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their property is safe so that those coming onto the property will not be harmed. This obligation is particularly true in the case of commercial establishments.
Unfortunately, every year an untold number of people are injured in stores (particularly warehouse stores) as the result of products falling on them, in slip and fall accidents from wet floors, and from ice and other dangerous parking lot conditions. In some unfortunate cases, people are injured as the result of sexual assault and other attack.
Is the Property Owner Liable When an Injury or Death Occurs?
In Washington, a property owner is not automatically liable because an injury or death occurs on their property. In order to be legally liable, the property owner must have created (or allowed to exist) a dangerous condition which caused the property to be unsafe. Thus if a property owner, whether private citizen or government entity, is aware of or should have been aware of an unsafe condition, there is a legal responsibility either to warn people of the danger or to repair the unsafe condition promptly.
For instance, if a person slips on a wet floor in a supermarket, the supermarket may be liable if they failed to place cones around the wet area, but they may not have liability if they placed cones and a customer failed to follow this precaution. Similarly, if a person is attacked in a parking lot at night, the parking lot owner may be liable if they failed to install lights that would have provided safety against such an attack, but if there was adequate lighting and the attack nonetheless occurred, the owner might not be liable.
How We Seek Compensation for Those Who Have been Injured Due to Unsafe Property Conditions
Legal liability in property injury cases is highly fact-specific. If you’ve been injured due to an unsafe property condition, we want to learn about the facts and circumstances of your injury. We will want to know where the injury took place, what happened, and whether any witnesses saw your accident. In our investigation, we will additionally want to know whether other similar injuries have taken place, as past accidents may suggest that a property owner knew (or should have known) about a dangerous condition.
Call Us to Learn About How We Can Help
In most cases we represent those injured by unsafe premises conditions on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not owe us for any fees unless and until we recover a jury award or settlement for you.
To learn more about our representation and the legal avenues that may be available to seek fair compensation for your injuries, please call us. We can schedule a meeting at your convenience, and there is no fee or obligation for this meeting. At our meeting, we can advise you as to what will be required in order to win your case.