Premises Liability Lawyer Vancouver WA
Washington law allows a recovery against a property owner for certain injuries suffered on their property. This area of personal injury law is called premises liability. In Washington, property owners and occupiers have a duty to prevent injuries to you if you are lawfully on their property. The extent of the duty of care they owe you depends on why you are on the property to begin with. There are three classifications you can fall into when you are on someone else’s property. You can be an invitee, a licensee or a trespasser. Invitees have the most protection. Licensees have the second most protection. And trespassers have the least protection. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you should consider speaking with a premises liability lawyer in Vancouver WA to better understand the law and your potential claim. At VanWa Legal PLLC, we can consult with you for free and help figure out whether you might be entitled to a personal injury settlement.
Invitees include customers at a business or persons invited onto property when the the property is open to the public. Licensees traditionally include social guests or solicitors rightfully on the property. Trespassers don’t have any right to be on the property and therefore are typically not entitled to a personal injury claim.
Typically, owners and occupiers must exercise reasonable care to protect visitors to the property. They must take reasonable care to discover dangerous conditions. They may be liable for injuries to you on the property if:
- they knew or should have known of the dangerous condition of the property;
- they could not reasonably expect you to have realized the risk yourself; and
- they failed to make the condition reasonably safe or warn you of the danger.
These cases are often quite fact specific. Building a premises liability case is an art and not intuitive. Hiring a premises liability lawyer early on can help make sure you don’t mess up your case. Vancouver WA personal injury lawyer Roger Priest is happy to discuss your case with you any time. You never know whether you’ve got a valid personal injury claim until you speak to a qualified Washington injury attorney, so don’t delay.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
There are no end to the variety of premises liability cases. People get injured in countless ways. Everyday, people are getting injured in unique ways. Although it is impossible to list all types of premises liability cases, there are several common variety. They include:
- Slip and fall cases
- Trip and fall cases
- Slick floors
- Dangerous dogs
- Obstructions in Walkways
- Uneven Floors
- Damaged Sidewalks
- Parking Lot Potholes
- Defective Stairwells
- Damaged Doors
- Snow and Ice
- Standing Water
- Falling objects; and
- Assaults by Third parties
These dangerous conditions are often worsened by lack of warning signs, poor property maintenance, low lighting, failure to inspect the property and lack of security measures. In each premises liability case, it is vital to discover as much evidence possible regarding each of these circumstances. Cases are won and lost in the details, so knowing the ins and outs are vital to earning a personal injury award.
Free Personal Injury Consultation
At VanWa Legal PLLC, we can help you learn whether the property owner took reasonable care to inspect and maintain their property. We can also investigate whether there were any steps to warn against those dangers. We can take cases throughout Washington State with no money down. We can structure our fee so that we only get paid if we can earn you a personal injury recovery. If you were injured and are curious as to whether you have a valid personal injury claim, call us today. It might be one the most important calls you make.