Property owners are responsible for ensuring that their premises are reasonably safe so as not to endanger visitors’ safety. When there are hazards, such as broken steps, vicious dogs or slippery surfaces, owners either must fix the problem or warn those who come to the property of the dangers present. If they fail to do so and someone is injured as a result, their negligence could make them liable for victims’ damages.
If you are injured on a property that someone else owns – whether a home or business — you might be eligible to file a premises liability claim to seek reimbursement for your loss. You’ll want to speak with a local premises liability attorney to determine your eligibility. In Washington, you are welcome to call Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC at 425-259-2222 for a free consultation.
Types of Accidents that Fall Under Premises Liability
Our attorneys have been helping injured people seek justice and restitution for premises liability claims for the past 46 years. Some of the types of accidents and situations that may give rise to a premises liability claim are listed below.
- Tripping on cracked sidewalks
- Dog attacks
- Getting struck by falling objects (merchandise or other objects)
- Falling in unprotected holes
- Slipping on wet floors
- Falling over mislaid objects or merchandise
- Being exposed to hazardous chemicals or materials
- Elevator and escalator accidents (although in some cases, this can fall under a different type of third-party claim, such as a defective products claim)
- Children drowning or nearly drowning in an unprotected swimming pool
Washington Premises Liability Classifications
There are several elements that must be present in order to win a premises liability claim. You and your lawyer will need to be able to prove that there was a hazard that the owner knew about or should have known about, that the owner failed to address the hazard, and that you were injured as a result.
The Complexities of Premises Liability Cases
In addition to the circumstances of the hazard and the reason for your presence on the property, there are numerous additional factors that play a role in premises liability claim.
Below are just a few situations that add a layer of complexity to these cases.
- Property owners’ responsibilities are slightly different when it comes to children. They are only required to warn about hazards if they knew that children were likely to be on the premises.
- If the land was government-owned, there are liability immunity issues that need to be addressed.
- When the property that you were injured on was a rented space, it can convolute liability. In some cases, the landlord may be responsible, while in others, the renter.
Given the challenges of premises liability claims and a time limit in which you must file, it’s highly advisable to work with a lawyer to navigate the legal process. For a free consultation with one of our top-notch premises liability attorneys, contact us today at 425-259-2222.