When you enter onto another person or entity’s premises, an entire list of legal norms are activated, likely without your prior knowledge. There are a whole host of issues that must be contemplated as the unfortunate reality is that many people in Seattle every year are injured while on someone else’s property.
If you have been injured as a result of a slip & fall or trip & fall incident, you need to take action. Contact the slip & fall lawyers at Nelson Injury Law today to schedule a free initial consultation. In the meantime, below is a brief overview of the issue of slip & fall liability in Washington.
Whether you own a property or you lease it, the law considers you to be responsible for keeping the premises safe for those who could reasonably be foreseen to enter your premises at some point. It doesn’t make much of a difference if that property is private or exists as a business – you need to keep the area safe and free of unreasonable dangers.
For instance, there is a duty to warn anyone who comes onto your property of any dangerous defects to that property, particularly those defects that are less than obvious, such as a tricky floor board that can cause someone to fall or a wet floor that doesn’t look wet. Failure to properly warn people of these dangers can lead to the finding of liability against the property’s owner and/or manager.
Guests on someone else’s property fall into different categories depending on the nature of their visit, and this is important because the determination of that person’s status could go a long way towards defining any recovery he or she would obtain after an injury. For example, if you run a business that’s open to the public, any customer who enters the premises would be considered an ‘invitee’ whether that person is specifically invited or simply sees an advertising sign.
A person can also be a ‘licensee’ if he or she is on the property to perform a specific duty, such as repair the plumbing or to come in and clean the premises. In fact, a property owner generally only escapes liability if the person who is injured was clearly on the premises without permission and against the will of the property owner. This also requires that there not be an attractive nuisance present on the property that would likely draw visitors, whether they were wanted or unwanted.
Your Next Step
As you see, while slip & fall cases generally seem to be quite simple, they are anything but easy. However, if you or someone you love has been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover damages with the help of an experienced slip & fall attorney. Contact Nelson Injury Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.