If you fell in a store or restaurant, it doesn’t automatically mean that you have a slip and fall claim. Find out what you must show to have a valid claim.

How do I know if I have a valid slip and fall claim?

 

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Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are common and can lead to serious injuries. In many cases, a business or property owner’s negligence is the cause. However, this is not always the case, and just because someone falls does not always mean that they have a valid slip and fall claim for compensation for their injuries.

Elements That Must Be Met to Have a Valid Slip and Fall Case

In order for your claim to be valid, certain elements of a slip and fall case must be met. An experienced slip and fall accident attorney would consider them in evaluating whether you have a valid case. These include the following:

  • Proof of an unsafe condition. There must have been an unsafe condition on the property that caused your fall. Torn carpeting, potholes, snow and ice, wet and slippery floors, and debris are examples of what constitutes a dangerous condition.
  • Notice of the hazard. The property owner is only responsible for unsafe conditions that they know about and fail to correct. They are given a reasonable period of time to discover a dangerous condition and rectify it. This can be one of the most challenging elements of your case to prove, but it is not impossible if you have the assistance of a skilled lawyer.
  • Lack of a warning. If owners know about a slip and fall hazard and cannot remove it right away, they are required to post a warning sign, rope off the area, or to take other actions to warn guests. If they fail to do so, they could face liability.
  • You were not responsible. You must show that you exercised proper caution to avoid the danger, such as avoiding an area where a warning sign is posted or watching where you are walking in a parking lot.

Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation

If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, take advantage of our offer of a free initial consultation to discuss your accident and your legal options. To schedule yours, call our office for an appointment with our experienced slip and fall accident attorneys.


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

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