As I’m continuing my law research outside of school, I wanted to cover some of the common accidents and injuries people experience in society today. Slip-and-fall accidents often result in personal injury claims, so it’s important to understand how these claims work.
If you’re running errands at your local grocery store in Spokane, Washington or headed to date night at the movie theater, you likely aren’t prepared for an accident to occur. Local businesses aren’t usually the place for dangerous activities; however, you can slip and fall if a hazard, such as a loose floorboard or spilled liquid, is left unattended.
Although a slip-and-fall accident may seem minor, you can hit your head on a hard surface and suffer a traumatic brain injury. You can also fracture your bones or injure your spine when falling. These injuries can result in significant medical expenses and you may need to hire a local law firm, such as Craig Swapp & Associates, to determine who’s liable for your causing your accident.
Property Owner Liability
According to premises liability law in the state of Washington, property owners can be held liable for injuries caused to guests on their property. Owners must exercise due care in maintaining safety on their property and removing any hazards that could cause harm. Owners must also take precautions to protect guests from potential criminal conduct.
A property owner can be liable for an injury to a guest if the owner knew about a dangerous condition or should have known about the condition that caused the injury. If the property owner had no reasonable way to know about the hazard, they won’t be liable.
Duties Owed to Children by Property Owner
Property owners won’t be liable for injuries suffered by trespassers on their property, however, if the trespasser is a child, premises liability law still applies. If the property has a nuisance that would attract a child, such as an uncovered swimming pool, and the child trespasses and gets injured, the property owner will be liable for injuries.
How to Sue for Injuries After a Slip-and-Fall Accident
I’ve learned that premises liability law is similar in many states throughout the country. Suing for a slip-and-fall accident or any other accident that occurs on someone else’s property requires evidence proving negligence on behalf of the property owner. This is where experienced attorneys come into play. I hope one day I can help injury victims with their claims, which is why I’m glad I’m getting a jumpstart on learning the laws now!