Slips and falls occur in an instant, but their consequences often last long after the event has passed. As simple as it may seem, a fall can result in severe injuries, including broken bones, muscle and ligament tears, head, brain or spinal cord injuries, concussions, and other serious physical injuries. In addition to the pain and suffering these accidents involve, medical costs and lost wages can be extremely expensive.
If you have an injury caused by tripping, slipping, or falling as a result of unsafe property conditions—whether an uneven floor, broken stairs, or a dangerous patch of ground—the owner of the property may be liable for your accident. Such accidents can happen inside or outside. Residences, schools, department stores and grocery stores, as well as rough sidewalks, parking lots and poorly lit walkways are all examples of possible hazards that should be properly maintained by their owners to prevent injuries.
Under Washington State law, when a person suffers physical injury due to a property owner or operator’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their accident. Oftentimes in a slip and fall case, insurance companies will attempt to determine the nature of your injuries and your responsibility in the fall, and may try to resolve the case immediately by offering a settlement. In general, it is not in your best interest to consult with an adjuster before contacting a personal injury attorney who can evaluate your case and put your interests ahead of the insurance companies. If you have been injured and believe you have a premises liability case, contact our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.