If you need an experienced premises liability attorney in Marysville, look no further than Russell & Hill, PLLC. Our attorneys have the skill and professionalism you need to work your case. Serving clients in the Pacific Northwest, Russell & Hill, PLLC, have the expertise to represent you effectively and efficiently. With locations in Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville, and Snohomish, we will be an advocate for you in a location close to your home.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a broad net that incorporates a range of issues that contribute to personal injury. Most premises liability cases arise as a result of negligence on the part of a property or business owner.
Proper representation in a premises liability case is essential. Property owners are responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property, but we must prove that some negligence caused the incident.
Who Is At Fault?
Premises liability cases can become confusing as it is often difficult to determine who is at fault and why. Most people who suffer an injury on another’s property don’t think to file a police report or gather a detailed summary of what happened and where.
Understanding whose insurance pays what, if anything, can be tricky. Who should you call? Where do you go after your injury occurs? Who is responsible for your medical bills? Russell & Hill, PLLC, can help you to sort through the aftermath of an injury and answer your questions.
To establish your case, early contact and thorough investigations are critical. We can help you to:
- Find witnesses who might have seen your incident in Marysville
- Gather sworn statements early on to ensure that details and memories are still fresh
- Provide documentation of your incident and injury
- Help you sort out the insurance questions to get an account of your incident on record for later official use
What Types of Accidents Count as Premises Liability?
Any accident that happens on private, public or government property may fall into the category of premises liability. Property owners are responsible for marking hazards on their property, including dangerous pieces of machinery, slippery surfaces, or even damage caused by a storm.
Possible hazards in Marysville include, but are not limited to:
- Poorly designed or maintained stairs, decks, porches, and entryways
- Winter weather accidents in parking lots or in potholes
- Incidents related to publicly maintained curbs and rest stops
- Uneven sidewalks, roads and public surfaces
- Aggressive dogs
- Unsafe sidewalks and roads
- Incomplete snow and/or ice removal
What’s Covered Under Premises Liability?
Any incident related to property neglect, improper maintenance or poor security may come under the umbrella of premises liability. This includes injuries sustained during or after an accident. Premises liability cases can arise from a reduced quality of life, time lost from work, or other damages you sustained as a result of your accident.
Attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC, help you recoup the losses you incur on someone else’s property. You deserve proper representation and an advocate who works tirelessly to get you a proper settlement.
Do Warning Signs Eliminate a Property Owner’s Responsibility?
Warnings serve as notice that dangerous conditions are present but property owners still bear the responsibility to maintain and secure these hazardous areas. For example, if a property owner knows that outdoor staircases become particularly icy during the winter, a sign alone would not protect them from culpability if a customer slips on the stairs and suffers an injury. This is especially true if the owner doesn’t properly clean and salt the stairs after a cold-weather event.
During construction or unusual circumstances, property owners are equally responsible for furnishing proper markings and warning signs to protect their guests. Construction represents some unique challenges and dangers that may open up more chances for incident and injury.
Could I Be at Fault?
Generally speaking, regular guests to an establishment or piece of property are not liable for any incidents that happen to them while on this property. If individuals trespass or behave in an otherwise illegal or inhibited capacity, such as burglarizing the place or showing signs of intoxication, the property owner may not be wholly at fault.
However, proper representation is still necessary in cases where one of these factors may be in play. Depending on the severity of your incident or the level of unsafety on the property, you may still deserve compensation for your injury.