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SEATTLE SLIP AND FALL
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Slip and fall accidents can happen unexpectedly, and they can result in serious and debilitating injuries. While you might not be thinking about injury risks when you visit a local restaurant or retail establishment, a slip and fall accident can occur due to a liquid spill or a slick area of flooring. Likewise, if a homeowner or business owner fails to repair a piece of torn carpeting or to install a handrail on a staircase, a person can sustain serious injuries in a slip and fall accident.

While some slips and falls result only in minor injuries, other slip and fall accidents can result in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries (SCIs), and other incapacitating injuries. A Kent slip and fall accident lawyer at the Khan Law Firm PLLC can get started on your case today. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us to learn more about the services we provide to personal injury clients in Washington State.

Learning More About Kent Slips and Falls

What do you need to know about slip and fall accidents in Kent? The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) provides a fact sheet with statistics and information about slips and falls:

  • Women experience injuries in slip and fall accidents more often than men do;
  • Falls account for anywhere from 5 percent to 11 percent of all job-related fatalities;
  • Fall-related accidents result in more than 8 million emergency department visits each year in the U.S.;
  • Slips and falls account for about 12 percent of all fall-related accidents;
  • Fractures, or broken bones, are the most common type of injury in a slip and fall accident;
  • About 5 percent of people who slip and fall will sustain a fracture;
  • Hip fractures are the most serious type of fracture injury in slip and fall accidents;
  • Falls are responsible for about 87 percent of all fractures among older adults;
  • Slips and falls are the leading cause of occupational injury among workers aged 55 and older;
  • Flooring materials contribute to more than 2 million slip and fall injuries each year;
  • Approximately 50 percent of all accidental deaths in a home result from a fall-related injury, and the majority of those falls are slips and falls as opposed to falls from heights;
  • One out of every three people in the U.S. aged 65 and older will experience a fall, and approximately 50 percent of those people are “repeat fallers”;
  • More than 15,000 people aged 65 and older die as a result of fall-related injuries; and
  • 60 percent of all fall-related deaths affect people aged 75 and older.

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Statute of Limitations for a Kent Slip & Fall Accident Claim

How much time do you have to file a slip and fall accident claim in Kent? Depending on where you slipped and fell, you might begin by filing an insurance claim. For example, business owners are required to have insurance in order to compensate customers for certain types of injuries that occur on their premises. However, in cases where a slip and fall victim cannot obtain compensation through an insurance claim, that person will need to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Most personal injury lawsuits in Washington State have a three-year statute of limitations under Washington law. This means that anyone injured in a slip and fall accident most likely has three years from the date of the accident and injury to file a lawsuit. The “clock” on the statute of limitations usually begins “ticking” on the date of the accident. If you fail to file your claim within that three-year time window, your claim can become time-barred.

While there are some situations in which the clock on the statute of limitations can be temporarily stopped or “tolled,” you should never assume that you have more time. By getting started with a slip and fall accident attorney in Kent as soon as possible, you can ensure that your claim is filed on time and that you remain eligible to obtain financial compensation for your losses.

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Damages in a Kent Slip & Fall Accident

If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible to seek compensatory damages under Washington State law. This type of damages award compensates a person for his or her losses. There are two different types of compensatory damages for which you may be eligible:

  • Economic damages, which the law considers monetary losses, including medical expenses, loss of earnings, burial costs, loss of use of property, and cost of replacement or repair, among others; and
  • Noneconomic damages, which are subjective, non monetary losses, including, but not limited to, pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, disability or disfigurement incurred by the injured party, emotional distress, and loss of society and companionship.

In other words, economic damages compensate for direct financial losses that have an objective dollar figure, while noneconomic damages compensate for losses that do not have an objective dollar figure. In most personal injury lawsuits, Washington courts do not award punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages are not designed to compensate a person for losses but rather to punish the egregious behavior of the wrongdoer.

If you have questions about damages in a slip and fall accident, you should discuss them with an aggressive slip and fall lawyer in Kent.

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Contact a Kent Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere, from slick tile floors in the home of a friend or family member to stairways and flooring at local retail establishments. Slips and falls can even happen at work. When a slip and fall accident occurs because of another party’s negligence or carelessness, it is important to learn more about filing a claim for financial compensation. An experienced Kent slip and fall accident attorney can discuss your case with you today. Contact Khan Law Firm PLLC for more information about how we can assist with your claim.