People are injured on others’ property on a daily basis. When the injury occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence, the property owner may be held liable under Washington State’s premises liability laws.
What is negligence?
Negligence is the failure of a person to be as careful as the law says he or she should have been.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability means that property owners are responsible for injuries to others that occur on their property as the result of their negligence.
Examples of Negligent Security
Many different premises, including apartment buildings, shopping centers, malls, public buildings, workplaces, colleges and private clubs, require some sort of security as a precautionary measure to keep guests and residents safe.
Sometimes property owners, managers or security companies fail to take action to secure a property or fail to do their jobs as they should, causing harm to others.
For example, if better security could prevent a third-party attack on a person, a property owner must have the foresight to take action to prevent the attack.
Examples of Negligent Maintenance
Like negligent security, negligent maintenance is something that is avoidable but can lead to guest/resident harm when it occurs. Negligent maintenance refers to a property owner’s failure to maintain a property to a safe standard. This may include failing to remove debris from property that could lead to a slip and fall, failure to fence off a pool or other property hazard, failure to repair deteriorating walking surfaces or broken stairs, failure to remove overgrown trees or bushes, failure to remove ice and snow from walkways, and anything else that leads to an accident and injury.
Harmed by negligent security or maintenance? Contact an Attorney Now
When a property owner’s negligence results in an injury, the victim can recover damages. At the Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC, we’re ready to investigate and help. Call us today at 425-259-2222 or contact us online.