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Premises Liability

Premises Liability cases arise when a property owner fails to take responsibility for the maintenance, repair and upkeep of their property. In Washington State, a merchant owes a duty to persons who enters their property to exercise reasonable care to keep the aisles, passageways, and floors in a reasonably safe condition. A homeowner or other property owner also has the duty to keep their premises free of any hazardous conditions.

Slip, Trip, & Fall

Premise liability cases can include slip and falls at commercial establishments, which are often caused by liquids or slippery substances left in a walking aisle or a rest room. It is important that you quickly save as much evidence as you can with pictures. Unsafe property conditions such as an extruding pipe or an unmarked hazard can also cause slip, trip, and falls.

If you are injured because a property owner or a business establishment failed to provide a safe environment, you may have a right to bring a personal injury claim. Available damages could include pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.

Defective Staircases

Some of the most serious injuries occur when people fall down stairs. When these types of injuries occur an attorney must consider the design of the stairs, their safety, and whether the stairs met the appropriate building codes and standards. Some of the factors we examine in evaluating the merits of a defective stair case are: Inadequate stair surfaces or materials that contribute to slipping or tripping, irregular stair risers, treads and distances that can lead to the loss of balance, stumbles, and falls.

Insurance companies and their lawyers will always attempt to blame you, the injured party for these falls. It is important to have trial-tested counsel to obtain the justice you deserve when you are hurt due to a defective staircase.

Defective Paving and Walkways

It is common for the surfaces of streets, sidewalks, and parking lots to be irregular. It is not the duty of the landowner who has custody or control of these areas to eliminate all of the countless cracks and seams on their property. However, a landowner or person having control of a street, sidewalk, or parking lot will be held liable for those defects that cause an “unreasonable risk of harm.” (lawyer-speak) The condition is something that probably should be fixed before hurting someone…like any of us!

These cases often require the use of architects and engineers to establish the defective condition of the sidewalk or roadway. It is important to seek educated and experienced counsel to help you seek the justice you deserve when you are hurt due to defective paving and walkways.

Electrocution

Due to the dangerous nature of electricity, the law imposes a duty of utmost care when someone is directly injured by coming into contact with a high voltage line.

Most premises electrocution injuries involve the plaintiff or his equipment coming into contact with high voltage energy lines. In these cases, it is usually necessary to retain an electrical expert, an electrical engineer or a safety expert, or both, to testify regarding the standards of care. These cases may be difficult to evaluate unless you have an experienced lawyer familiar with the liability laws in Washington.