Russell & Hill, PLLC

We’ve all fallen from time to time; usually we just pick ourselves up, maybe even laugh at ourselves, and go on about our day. However, not all falls are minor — some slip and fall accidents are quite serious and leave behind devastating injuries that require medical care, even surgery, to correct. Falls can subject you to serious spine trauma, head trauma, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, and more. It’s one thing if you fall due to your own recklessness, but it’s another thing altogether if someone else’s negligent actions lead to your fall and your subsequent injuries. If you have been injured due and someone else is to blame, you may have grounds for a slip and fall accident claim. The personal injury team at Russell and Hill is standing by to help you get the compensation to which you are entitled.

Slip and Fall Causes

A slip and fall accident can happen at any place, any time. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Surface conditions:
    • Recently mopped floors
    • Recently waxed floors
    • Spilled liquids that are not mopped up and lack any warning
    • Uneven surfaces lacking warning signs
    • Loose rugs, mats, or floorboards, particularly on stairs
    • Potholes in parking lots or damaged sidewalks
    • Splashed oil or grease that has not been removed
    • Unsalted ice
  • Environmental conditions:
    • Trash or other debris on the ground or floor
    • Poor lighting that prevents you from seeing obstacles
    • Bright light reflecting on a surface, typically the floor, that causes a glare
    • Cords running across walkways
    • Open cabinet or desk drawers
    • Transitioning from one surface type to another, such as from carpet to linoleum or wood
  • Ladders and stairs:
    • Lack of a handrail
    • Speeding up or down
    • Taking more than one step at a time
    • Failure to secure a ladder or have someone hold it in place
    • Substituting a chair or other piece of furniture in place of a ladder
  • Certain occupations:
    • Construction workers
    • Housekeepers
    • Custodial staff
    • Chefs and kitchen workers
    • Factory workers
    • Manual laborers

Premises Liability and Your Slip and Fall Case

Not every slip and fall case results in legal liability, but when your accident and resulting injury are due to a third party’s negligence, they may be found responsible in a Premises Liability case. You will have to be able to prove that they had a duty of care to you, that they breached that duty with their negligence, and said breach in duty caused you harm. An experienced Premises Liability attorney can help you file a claim if you injured yourself as a result of a slip and fall that was caused by another party’s negligence.

Collecting Damages for Your Slip and Fall Injuries

Don’t wait to file your slip and fall accident claim. Waiting can be a foolhardy decision, since the state of Washington only allows accident victims three years to file their claims. If you wait longer than that, your claim will likely not be heard in the courts. Our Kirkland slip and fall accident attorney can help you weigh your legal options when you are determining the best course of action to take with your claim. Give us a call to discuss your case’s particulars and get started on the claims process. Schedule your no-cost case evaluation today.

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