Slip & Fall
Kirkland Slip & Fall Accident Attorney
When you go into a business or down the street to the neighbor’s BBQ, you have the right to expect that the owner or person responsible for the property has taken reasonable measures to make sure that you have a safe experience.
You have a right to know of any known risks or dangers about a property that are not obvious and property owners must take reasonable actions to correct circumstances that may cause injuries. Not having actual knowledge of a dangerous condition on the property is not a defense for a property owner that should have been aware of the situation.
At the Law Offices of Joseph Rome, we represent persons injured from falls caused by unsafe conditions on the property of another. Our Kirkland slip and fall accident attorney helps clients recover for serious injuries sustained from falling.
When Can a Slip & Fall Accident Occur?
A slip and fall accident is an accident that occurs while you are lawfully on someone else’s property. A perilous condition exists on the property that you are not aware of and that condition causes you to fall and become injured.
Responsibility for injuries from a slip and fall accident is based on ‘premises liability’. Property owners who allow people to come on their property must warn of and take reasonable steps to correct conditions that they know to be hazardous or should understand to be hazardous based on the available information.
Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents
Falls are the number 1 cause of preventable injuries in the US. About 1/3 of the almost 25 million non-fatal injuries each year are from falls. Common conditions that make falls more likely to happen include:
- slippery substances on the floor
- uneven or unstable flooring
- cords or other tripping hazards
- poor lighting/visibility
- damaged walkways and stairs
- weather-related conditions on the property
Slip & Fall Accident Statistics
The following is known about slip and fall accidents.
- Most slip and fall accidents occur from standing height.
- The frequency and severity of falls increase as age increases.
- More women than men experience slip and fall accidents.
- Broken bones are the most common injury from a fall.
- Hip fractures are the most serious fracture resulting from a fall.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
What You Can Recover for Injuries in a Slip & Fall Accident
When you are injured in a fall and it is determined the property owner is responsible, you are entitled to recover for your losses. Those losses will include the cost of medical care to treat your injuries. If you are unable to work or lose an opportunity to work you may collect the income that could have been earned. You may also recover amounts for the physical and mental discomfort you have had to endure.
Knowing how significantly you have been affected by your injuries and being able to quantify how you have been damaged is critical to getting the full amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.
How We Can Help?
Falls are no joke. They happen a lot and they can result in serious injuries with permanent consequences.
Falls are often preventable. If someone had the responsibility to prevent the circumstances that resulted in a fall but didn’t, then they will be held accountable.
Falls should be compensated. The Kirkland slip and fall lawyer at Law Offices of Joseph Rome has more than 15 years of experience helping clients succeed with their personal injury claims. Call us at 425-429-1729 to schedule a free consultation or contact us here.