Slip-and-fall accidents and trip-and-fall accidents are generally considered “premises liability” cases that arise when a property owner or tenant is negligent in the maintenance, repair or upkeep of their land, building, or other property. State laws often requires landowners to maintain their property so that it does not present an unreasonable risk of harm to those that visit the property. Often, these laws pertain to both business owners and homeowners. In Washington State, a merchant owes a duty to those on his property to exercise reasonable care to keep the aisles, passageways, and floors in a reasonably safe condition. This duty includes making reasonable efforts to keep the premises free of any hazardous conditions that could cause injury and to place warnings about dangerous conditions.
Premise liability cases include: Falls at commercial establishments caused by liquids or foreign substances, construction site accidents, misleveled public sidewalks, falls caused by other unsafe property conditions, and assaults by employees or business patrons. If you are injured because a property owner or a business establishment causes injury or fails to provide a safe environment, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages that you incur due to your injury. These damages include pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and impaired activities and lifestyle. For a list of the most frequent types of recoverable damages, see our Common Questions page.
If you are involved in a slip or trip-and-fall accident, you should:
• Avoid making any detailed statements concerning fault;
• Get names of owners and managers of property;
• Get the names and contact information of witnesses;
• Take good photos of the scene and your injuries;
• Save footwear and clothing you were wearing;
• Seek medical attention if injured; and
• Do not give statements to insurance adjusters or investigators until you have hired a lawyer.
Attorney Terence Traverso and his legal team have successfully resolved many premises liability cases and they will help you recover all compensation available to you by law, either by settlement, arbitration, or trial. For a free consultation or to ask questions about your possible slip or trip-and-fall case, call us at 425-453-0115.