Slip and fall accidents are common and can happen anywhere—in a store, hotel, office, park, stairwell, or parking lot. As common as they can be, slip and fall accidents can cause unnecessary pain and suffering for the victim. If you’re suffering from a slip and fall injury that happened on someone else’s property, you must know your legal rights. Henderson Taylor Law Firm is here to help you evaluate your slip and fall injury case to determine the best path forward. Reach out to us today to get started.
Understanding Premises Liability in Washington State
According to Washington state law, property owners are responsible for keeping their property reasonably safe for lawful visitors. This includes residential properties such as apartments, condominiums, single-family homes, commercial properties such as shopping malls, retail stores, hotels, hospitals, private schools, university campuses, and anywhere else where people will likely visit as a pedestrian.
Determining Legal Responsibility
Although owners are responsible for maintaining their property’s safety, they’re not automatically liable when an accident happens. The plaintiff must identify the property’s hazard that caused the accident and prove that the property owner should have known about it and fixed it. There are numerous scenarios in which the injured party can show negligence. For example, the property owner or employees may have either created a hazardous condition or clearly knew about it and failed to address it. For example, a plaintiff’s slip and fall injury could be caused by a slick substance, such as a spilled liquid, that’s been on the ground long enough for a property owner to have to know about it. In this case, the owner failed to clean up the spill, so the plaintiff will illustrate how this negligence led to a slip and fall accident.
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Evidence is the key to proving negligence. To ensure the best outcome for your situation, it’s advisable to consult the experienced slip and fall attorneys at Henderson Taylor Law Firm, who can help you gather evidence and build a solid case, ultimately winning you the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Reach out today to learn more.