Premises Liability

Premises liability actions are personal injury claims that arise at someone else's place of business or house, but can also happen at a park or some other place owned by the city, state, or county. The typical premises liability action that most people are familiar with is the slip and fall accident. In the city of Seattle there are many different types of premises liability actions and accidents that may arise.

Slip and Fall. The slip and fall accident can also be characterized as the trip and fall accident. Most people that have a claim for this are someone that was injured because they fell to the ground as the result of someone else's negligence. An example of this is where a spill occurred at a grocery store so much so that the liquid condensed or evaporated and turned into a sticky substance. The time period is very important in a premises liability personal injury claim because the owner of the store or area must of had reasonable notice that the spill occurred. Here, the fact that the spilled liquid had enough time to turn into a sticky substance instead of the former liquid, means that the owner of the store should have been notified and should have cleaned the liquid up.

These cases are a little "stickier" than your run of the mill car accident case where liability is clear because of the fact that the owner of the area should have known about the substance and cleaned it up. Additionally, the store or owner of the area has to have a protocol for cleaning these messes up and if they instead use a cleaner without placing a sign about the slipperiness of the area, they will be liable for the resulting injuries that someone sustains by falling. 

Trip and Fall. A trip and fall can also be a premises liability personal injury claim where the stairs were uneven, the sidewalk was too high or low because of a crack, there were objects left on the sidewalk by road crew that someone tripped over, or some other obstruction made someone trip and fall. A pot hole could be seen as a trip and fall case where roadside crew failed to cover up a hole that they were repairing and a runner doesn't see the hole and falls into it. No matter that you think that the person should have seen the hole, the construction company is liable for not covering the hole. Likewise, the city could be liable for not repairing a hole.

Attractive Nuisance. An attractive nuisance personal injury claim is where usually a child comes onto a construction site that is creating a play ground and becomes injured while playing on the incomplete playground. Construction crews that are building things need to take reasonable care to prevent others from coming onto the construction site by making sure the site is inaccessible. Therefore, if they leave a gate open, unlocked, or accessible, they are liable for resulting personal injuries that are sustained by a child or others that easily get onto the construction site.  

Andrew Cherin has experience helping people that have suffered some of the following injuries:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries 
  • Broken Bones
  • Torn Muscles and Ligaments
  • Sprained Joints
  • Deep Cuts
  • Loss of Vision
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Sprained Necks
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

If you have suffered one of these debilitating injuries, you need a trusted Seattle personal injury lawyer to represent you and make sure you are taking the proper steps to heal your injuries and receive compensation for your injuries.

Common reasons for accidents:

  • Sticky substances on the ground
  • Uneven pavement or stairs
  • Slippery substances on the ground
  • Obstructions on the ground
  • Potholes
  • Uncovered holes

Contact Andrew Cherin, Attorney at Law a Seattle personal injury lawyer today at (206) 850-6716 for a free consultation today.