What are premises liability claims? Here, we explain the law, types of premises liability cases, and property owners’ duties to you in Washington State.

What is premises liability?



A premises liability claim is a type of personal injury claim in Washington State. Premises liability laws hold property owners and businesses liable to individuals who are injured because the owner failed to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition and warn them of the dangers. If you or a loved one was injured in a premises liability accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Types of Premises Liability Cases

There are many different types of accidents that are classified as premises liability claims. Some common examples include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Inadequate security
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Inadequate maintenance or defective conditions on properties
  • Amusement park accidents

What Duties Does a Property Owner or Business Owe You in the Seattle Area?

The owner of property or a business owes you a certain duty of care based on the type of visitor you are. In Washington State, there are three types of visitors: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. The duty of care owed to each is as follows:

  • Invitee. An invitee is someone invited onto the property, such as a customer in a store. Owners are required to use ordinary care to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition and to warn invitees of dangers.
  • Licensee. A licensee is on the property at the owner’s implied consent. An example of a licensee is a salesperson. An owner is responsible for dangerous conditions that they knew or should have known about but failed to correct or to warn licensees.
  • Trespassers. Trespassers have no right to go onto the property. Owners do not owe a duty of care to them except to not intentionally, willfully, or wantonly cause their injuries.

Were you injured in a slip and fall or other type of premises liability accident? You could suffer serious injuries that require you to be off work for months or longer while you recover. Our experienced premises liability attorneys are here to explain your legal rights and to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call our office to schedule a free consultation to get started.

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Bellevue Office
11900 NE 1st Street
Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: (425) 289-1990
Fax: (425) 289-1991


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