Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers in Seattle, Providing Compassionate Legal Representation to Injured Victims in Need of Assistance
Have you suffered from an injury related to a trip or slip-and-fall accident? Property owners have a legal duty to maintain a safe environment for any legal visitors. Suppose their failure to tend to any dangerous condition on their property led to your slip and fall injury. In that case, you might be entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills, emotional distress, lost wages, and certain non-economic damages.
The laws for premises liability claims can be complex, and, joined with Washington’s comparative negligence laws, it may be difficult to secure compensation for your insurance claim without the assistance of an experienced attorney. At Khan Injury Law, our attorneys pride themselves on providing compassionate and dedicated legal representation to injured accident victims in need.
Trip and fall accidents are similarly dangerous to slip and fall accidents. In both cases, the accident may fall under the guidance of state premises liability law. However the accident occurred, it is worth examining the facts and gathering evidence. But you should not be expected to go through these steps on your own while you are injured and still recovering. By hiring a knowledgeable fall accident attorney, you can trust that your case is in the right hands and that all possible legal options will be explored in pursuit of maximum compensation for your injuries.
Khan Injury Law provides legal services to clients across the state of Washington. We have offices located in Kent, Seattle, Tacoma, and Tukwila. Contact our central office in Seattle to schedule a free consultation to discuss the particulars of your slip and fall claim with a member of our award-winning legal team.
What Responsibilities Do Property Owners Have to Their Legal Visitors?
The legal duty that a property owner has to their visitors in Washington State depends largely upon who the visitor is. A trespasser, for example, is not afforded the same considerations as a welcomed guest. But just the same, property owners must not attempt to create such a hazardous environment that endangers any potential trespasser’s life and physical well-being.
In cases where the injured party was an invited guest of personal property or the welcomed visitor of public property, the property owners and any managing staff are considered to have additional legal duties in order to maintain a safe environment.
If the property owner knows that there is a hazard, they must display warning signs to notify visitors to be on the lookout for the risk. If the property owner knows of the hazard but fails to provide adequate warning, then they may be considered liable for any slip and fall injury that happens as a result.
The property owner can even be considered responsible for not preventing trip and slip and fall accidents if it is determined that they should have known about the dangerous condition of their property.
Property owners are allowed some time to fix a property hazard, but it cannot take forever to tend to the problems at hand. If it is felt that the danger should have been fixed correctly since its discovery and the slip and fall accident, then it may not matter so much if signs are displayed warning visitors of the danger. It is unsafe to allow a hazardous condition to persist and potentially deteriorate.
It is worth noting that Washington operates on comparative negligence rules. This means multiple parties could be responsible for a trip or slip and fall injury. This negligence may even extend to the injured victim if it is deemed that they were partially at fault for their own accident.
What Are Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Hazardous floor conditions are probably the most common cause of a slip and fall accident, and no hazardous floor condition is more common than wet or iced-over floors. If your slip and fall case relates to slipping on the wet floor of a restaurant or place of business, then the property owner and staff may be held liable.
Poor weather conditions can result in slip-and-fall accidents, too. It may seem unfair to hold people responsible for the weather, but if they know that a storm has created slippery floors, they have a duty to warn visitors or tend to the hazard.
Staircases and walkways that are in disrepair can also be the cause of slip-and-fall accidents. Similarly, loose floor mats and rugs can cause a slip and fall injury.
What Are the Causes of Trip and Fall Accidents?
Trip and fall accidents are similar to slip and falls but typically have different causes.
Visitors may trip on a rope or wire. Debris left in a crowded walkway may be tripped over. Obstructed views and poor lighting conditions can cause a person to lose their footing. Uneven or poorly maintained stairs can cause an individual to misstep and trip — and steps that are difficult to see or unexpected are just as dangerous. And rough or broken-up pavement, sidewalks, or parking lots can result in someone tripping, falling, and suffering an injury.
What Types of Injuries Are Seen in Fall Accident Victims?
In the luckiest cases, slipping and tripping accidents result in only scrapes and bruises. But unfortunately, some other accident victims are far less lucky.
Some of the severe injuries seen in fall accidents include:
- Bone fractures.
- Head trauma.
- Hip fractures.
- Injury-related death and wrongful death.
- Internal bleeding.
- Organ damage.
- Shoulder injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries and back injuries.
- Sprains and strains.
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Wrongful death.
Some fall injuries leave the victims in long-lasting physical pain with a need for ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation. In such fall cases, it is vital that the injured party recover compensation to help pay for any outstanding medical bills and past or future lost income. Your fall accident lawyer will be invaluable as you pursue financial compensation via the legal process.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Today
If you have a slip and fall claim, contact an experienced attorney without further delay. Washington State has a three-year statute of limitations for filing a claim in slip and fall cases. You do not want to miss your opportunity to recover compensation from the at-fault party and their insurance company.
Khan Injury Law has years of experience helping slip-and-fall personal injury victims seek fair settlements from responsible parties. There is no case too big or too small. If you’ve been injured, you have the legal right to pursue compensation. It would be unfair for you to be solely responsible for your medical expenses as you attempt to recover from an injury that was the fault of someone else’s negligence.
Our law firm offers a free initial consultation to prospective clients with a slip-and-fall claim. Additionally, we operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing in legal fees if we are unable to recover compensation for your claim.