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Premises Liability Lawyer in Washington State
What is premises liability?
Generally speaking, personal injury cases are based (at least in part) on the negligence of one or more “at-fault” parties — such as an inattentive driver in a car accident or the owner of an off-leash dog who bites a jogger, for example.
Premises liability is a concept that covers cases where an injury or wrongful death was the result of unsafe conditions that occurred on someone’s property.
What are the most common types of premises liability cases?
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by unsafe conditions, like a blow to the head following a slip and fall on a hard floor.
- Spinal cord injuries are commonly caused by falls, particularly in wet and/or icy conditions.
- Accidents and injuries at public accommodations like amusement parks, shopping malls, stores, office buildings, restaurants, etc.
- Dog bites in public parks or private businesses.
If I’m hurt on someone else’s property, does premises liability always apply?
Generally speaking, for Washington premises liability courts look at the status of the visitor to the premises. For example, a visitor may be considered the following:
- Licensee – If you don’t have express permission to be on someone else’s property, you may be considered a “licensee.” Examples might be a traveling door-to-door salesperson.
- Invitee – Invitees are those who enter a property for the owner’s benefit. Think shopping in a store or going to the dentist’s office. Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe for invited visitors.
- Trespasser – If you don’t have permission to be on another person’s property (and you’re not a licensee/invitee), the property owner likely has a decreased “duty of care” to protect you. They may not, however, go out of their way to wilfully injure a trespasser (no booby traps).
Are Washington’s premises liability laws different for kids?
Yes, there is a concept known as an “attractive nuisance.” Children, even when trespassing, are protected from injury caused by these so-called “attractive nuisances.” These are things like:
- Swimming pools without fences
- Uncovered wells
- Railroad tracks
- Construction sites
Is the property owner always at fault in case of an injury on their property?
No. Premises liability can be very challenging, especially for attorneys who do not specialize in personal injury cases or who have little experience in premises liability cases.
Some cases have proof difficulties in situations of “obvious and open dangers.” These are situations where a hazard is present but is so easily recognizable/obvious that the person on the property should take care to protect themselves from that danger.
When it comes to premises liability, how does a personal injury attorney help?
Insurance companies and their lawyers may fight tooth and nail to avoid losing or even settling a personal injury case. They may drag their feet, refuse to pay medical bills, and hope that you get so frustrated that you simply give up and go away.
An outstanding personal injury attorney like Grant Gehrmann fights the insurance companies and the at-fault parties so you can focus on living your life and healing from your injury. Grant helps his clients maximize monetary damages for all types of injury claims, including those where premises liability issues are involved.
With more than 25 years of experience, Grant achieves excellent results for his clients by focusing on the specific legal needs of each client and aggressively pursuing full monetary damages from insurance companies.
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“I used Grant for an auto accident. He was a joy to work with through the whole process. When a problem came up he fixed things right away and didn’t stall. He was very professional and quick to answer any questions I had and was knowledgeable about what was to come and what was a reasonable request. He went above and beyond my expectations. It was a great experience overall.”
— Leslie S.
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Grant A. Gehrmann has been a practicing attorney in Vancouver for over 25 years. He knows that personal injury cases create significant financial and physical strain on the victims and their families.
Grant provides outstanding legal help while working constructively and creatively with clients to obtain full and fair damages for every case.
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