Were You Injured On Someone Else’s Property? We Can Help.
Property owners in Washington have a responsibility to others to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe and secure. This is true whether the property is a commercial business, private residence or government-owned public space.
If you were injured due to a dangerous condition or accident that occurred on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your injuries. When you contact Retacco Law Offices, Inc. P.S., you can speak to an experienced attorney for free about your rights and legal options after a premises liability accident.
What Makes A Premises Dangerous?
Common examples of premises liability accidents include:
- Slipping and falling at a supermarket due to an uncleaned spill on the floor
- Tripping and falling on a cracked, uneven sidewalk which was not properly maintained by the property owner (or the local government)
- Being bitten by an aggressive dog not properly restrained by the owner
- Suffering a traumatic brain injury or other injury due to falling objects on private property
- Being assaulted in a parking garage or parking lot because of inadequate security on the premises
- Having a child become injured or even drown in a neighbor’s pool because the pool was left unsecured/unattended and constituted an “attractive nuisance” (a very tempting but dangerous hazard that children would be lured by)
When Is The Property Owner Liable?
Every case is different and dependent upon context. But in general, property owners are more likely to be held liable if they knew (or should have known) about a dangerous condition but failed to address it in a timely manner or failed to warn others about it.
Consider a grocery store, for instance. If a customer slips and falls just a few minutes after another customer accidentally spills a drink, the store owners may be considered largely blameless. But if a customer slips and falls because a grocery store refrigerator has been consistently malfunctioning and leaking water onto the floor, the store’s liability is much clearer.