Tacoma Slip & Fall Accident Lawyer
Slip, Trip & Fall Cases in Washington State
When we visit someone else’s property—whether it’s a friend’s home, a local grocery store, or even a public park—we expect a reasonably degree of safety. In fact, both residential and commercial property owners have a duty to ensure their premises are free of hazards and defective conditions that could cause injury. If they cannot effectively remove or repair such conditions, property owners have a duty to warn potential visitors about them. When they fail to do this, serious accidents and life-altering injuries can result.
If you slipped, tripped, and/or fell due to unsafe or defective conditions on someone else’s property, you do not have to face the resulting physical, financial, and emotional consequences on your own. You could be entitled to bring a slip and fall claim against the negligent property owner and recover monetary compensation for your damages—and the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, P.S. can help.
From our office in Tacoma, our slip and fall lawyers represent clients throughout Pierce County who have suffered serious injuries and losses through no fault of their own. We have successfully helped countless injured individuals fight for fair compensation since our founding in 1991; learn how we can assist you with your case today.
Who Is Liable for a Slip & Fall?
Under premises liability laws, property owners can be held legally responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their properties due to unsafe or defective conditions.
To have a slip and fall case, you must prove the following elements:
- You were injured while lawfully on the defendant’s property
- Your injuries were caused by a dangerous or defective condition on the property
- The defendant knew about or reasonably should have known about the dangerous or defective condition
- The defendant failed to take reasonable and adequate measures to remove, repair, or warn others of the dangerous or defective condition
If you can prove that the property owner owed you a duty of care (typically meaning you were not trespassing when the accident occurred) but failed to take the reasonable and necessary steps to uphold that duty of care (typically by acting negligently or wrongfully), you could have grounds for a case.
We encourage you to reach out to our Tacoma slip and fall accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, P.S. to learn more about filing a slip, trip, or fall lawsuit against a negligent property owner. Proving liability can be very complicated, but our attorneys have the experience, resources, and skill to effectively advocate for you.
What Are “Dangerous or Defective” Property Conditions?
Dangerous or defective property conditions are those that pose a foreseeable risk of injury. In other words, a condition is considered dangerous or defective if a reasonable person would understand that the condition might cause an accident or otherwise harm other people.
Some examples of common dangerous and defective property conditions that frequently lead to slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Slippery surfaces
- Fallen merchandise
- Cluttered walkways
- Defective sidewalks
- Missing handrails
- Improper signage
- Unsafe steps, stairs, and stairwells
- Poor lighting
- Accumulated ice or snow
These and other hazards put visitors at risk; property owners, managers, and landlords have a responsibility to remove such hazards or, at the very least, provide adequate warnings so that visitors can take reasonable measures to avoid being hurt. If they fail to take appropriate actions to prevent harm, property owners and other liable parties could be held accountable.
How Much Are Slip & Fall Cases Worth?
Although slips, trips, and falls are often thought of as less-serious accidents than other incidents—such as car or truck collisions—slip and falls can actually result in severe bodily injury, permanent disability, and even death. In fact, falls are among the leading causes of many significant injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, in the U.S.
While it is not possible to estimate the value of your claim without first reviewing the details and facts of your case, many slip and fall accident claims result in sizeable settlements.
Some of the factors that contribute to the potential value of your claim include:
- The degree of the defendant’s duty of care
- Your status as a visitor/whether you were lawfully on the property
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether you are disabled or impaired due to your injuries
- The defendant’s degree of negligence
- Your degree of negligence (if any)
- The total cost of your medical bills and lost wages
- The value of your pain and suffering
Note that this is not an exhaustive list; additional factors may affect how much your claim could be worth. We encourage you to reach out to our Tacoma slip and fall lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, P.S. to learn more during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Fighting for Your Maximum Recovery
At the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, P.S., we know that getting back on your feet after a serious slip and fall accident can be extremely difficult. You may be facing weeks, months, or even years of physical and emotional recovery. Because of this, our team is here to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We work tirelessly to hold negligent property owners accountable and are not afraid to go up against the insurance company, even if that means taking your case to court.
We are committed to helping you get through any legal challenge that may arise with your case. We provide our services on a contingency fee basis, so you owe zero upfront or out-of-pocket expenses, and our attorneys only collect fees if/when they win your case.