You may suffer serious injuries in a slip and fall accident while at a mall. Learn the causes of these accidents and the parties liable for compensating you.

Slip and Fall Accidents at Malls: Why They Happen and Who Could Be Responsible for Compensating You for Your Injuries

Shopping malls offer a variety of stores, food courts, and restaurants all in one place and are a popular destination in the Seattle area. However, slip and fall accidents at malls are common, and individuals can suffer long-term injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, fractures, and back and spinal injuries, in a fall. In Washington State, the party responsible for creating or failing to remove a hazard is responsible for compensating injured victims, but determining who is liable can be complicated.

What Are Causes of Shopping Mall Slip and Fall Accidents?

Shopping mall and store owners have a duty to guests and customers at the mall to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition and to warn them of potential hazards. A person does not have to be a paying customer to be owed this level of care. When this duty is breached, slip and fall accidents can happen. Common causes of these accidents include:

  • Spilled food and drinks
  • Cracked flooring or worn or torn carpeting
  • Snow and ice at entranceways brought in by visitors to the mall
  • Slippery and wet floors caused by cleaning
  • Escalators and elevators that malfunction
  • Items and debris in aisles at stores that create a tripping hazard
  • Cracks in asphalt and potholes in the parking lot or on sidewalks
  • Ice and snow accumulations near mall entrances or in the parking lot
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Failure to post warning signs of known dangers

Liable Parties in a Mall Slip and Fall Accident

Businesses in malls typically rent their store spaces from the mall and only have control and responsibility for their individual shop. They will most likely face liability if a slip and fall accident occurs in their store.

Mall owners are responsible for maintaining the mall common areas and parking lot. They often contract with a maintenance company to perform cleaning and maintenance duties and to keep the parking lot in a good condition and free of snow and ice. Depending on the cause of a slip and fall accident, both the mall owner and third-party maintenance company may be responsible for compensating the victim in a common area or parking lot fall.

If you or a family member suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident at a mall in Seattle or Bellevue, you need an experienced slip and fall attorney to conduct a thorough investigation into your accident and to identify the liable parties responsible for compensating you. To learn about our extensive experience in these cases and your legal options, call our Bellevue office to schedule your free consultation today.

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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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