As Bellevue, Seattle and Western Washington cleans up after a big snowstorm, many sidewalks and driveways are still covered with snow and are very icy. Walking around town, it is interesting to see that some businesses and homeowners have been very proactive and shoveled their sidewalks while their next door neighbor may have let the ice and snow accumulate. So, the questions must be asked, “If someone slips and falls on the ice on an unshoveled sidewalk, who is at fault?”
In Washington State, homeowners and business can be held liable if someone slips and falls on a sidewalk that has not been shoveled or de-iced. Property owners are responsible for the condition of their property and for notifying — by posting a sign — if there is a hazard.
Premises liability includes accidents when someone is injured because a property owner was negligent in keeping their property free and clear of conditions which can cause an accident. This includes restaurants, grocery stores, apartment building and retail establishment. A person is entitled to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and for pain and suffering.
Slip-and-fall injuries can be serious including a broken hip, broken wrist or even a head injury.
f you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney who works on a contingency basis with a free first consultation. A qualified and experienced personal injury attorney will take into factors such as:
- Was the sidewalk initially shoveled and de-iced?
- Was snow falling?
- What was the time period between the end of snow fall and the fall?
These and other factors are important in proving negligence on the part of the property owner.
This information was brought to you by Washington Injury Attorney, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 40 years experience in representing people in premise liability and slip, trip and fall cases. We have obtained compensation for our clients for the injuries they have suffered.
Contact The Farber Law Group today for a free case evaluation.