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    Seattle Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

    Hidden dangers can exist anywhere on a property, and it’s the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that conditions are safe for visitors and customers at all times.

    If you’ve fallen on someone else’s property and sustained an injury, you could be eligible to receive compensation for those injuries. Contact the team at Gustad Law Group for help.

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    What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?

    A slip and fall accident is a type of premises liability claim that can arise from poor maintenance or neglecting to fix a dangerous condition.

    As the name suggests, a slip and fall accident happens when you trip, slip, or fall due to a surface that is slick, slippery, or uneven. Tripping or falling over an obstacle also constitutes a slip and fall accident.

    The injuries after this type of accident vary, ranging from a bruised ego to severe and permanent damage. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there are more than 2 million of these injuries each year, though not everyone has the foresight to seek the services of slip and fall lawyers.

    Why Would I Need a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney?

    Typically, in a slip and fall injury, the owner of the property will compensate you through their insurance company. However, before this can happen, you must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the property owner is liable for the accident.

    There are several variables the insurance company will review to determine liability, and they will be looking for any reason to deny your claim. They could argue one or more of the following:

    • You were not authorized to be on the property.
    • The property owner was not responsible for the area where you sustained the injury.
    • The property owner had satisfied their duty by issuing a warning about the dangerous condition.
    • You share fault for the incident.
    • Your injury was not the direct result of the fall.

    To help argue that the property owner is liable, you can benefit by having an attorney on your side to argue for receiving financial compensation. A slip and fall injury lawyer will anticipate these defenses and be proactive in negotiations on your behalf.

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    Common Slip and Fall Injuries

    A lot can happen when you slip and fall. How you are injured and the extent of your injuries can depend on several factors, including your age, overall health and fitness, the surface where you land, and more.

    The most common injuries we see from a slip and fall accident include:

    • Sprained or broken limbs
    • Cuts and bruises
    • Broken hips
    • Back and spinal cord injuries
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Death

    Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

    There are an infinite number of ways a slip and fall accident can happen in Seattle, including these common scenarios:

    • Open desk or cabinet drawers
    • Wet or uneven surfaces
    • Transitions from one type of flooring to another e.g. from wood to carpet
    • Cluttered floors
    • Poorly constructed staircases
    • Missing or broken handrails
    • Electrical cords running across walkways
    • Poor visibility
    • Loose or torn flooring material
    • Potholes in parking lots
    • Defective Sidewalks
    • Failure to clear ice and snow

    Slip and Fall FAQs

    Have questions about slip and fall accidents? We’ve got answers to some frequently asked inquiries.

    What should I do after a slip and fall injury?

    Your health and safety are the most important things to consider. As such, the first step to take after a slip and fall injury is to seek medical attention. In addition to promptly treating your injuries, the act of getting a physical exam shows that your injury is indeed severe, and you sought medical attention at an appropriate time. If you wait, it can weaken your case.

    What can I do to help my slip and fall case?

    Your case will be decided based primarily on evidence, so gathering and preserving evidence is critical.

    You can do this in the following ways:

    • Get detailed notes from your doctor about your injuries, including information about what activities you will be unable to do and for how long.
    • Take pictures of where the accident happened, including any remaining hazards (if possible).
    • Submit a complaint to the property owner if your injury occurred at a business or on property that’s open to the public.
    • If anyone witnessed your accident, collect their names and contact information.
    • Contact a slip and fall injury attorney to discuss your case.

    How will I afford a Seattle slip and fall lawyer?

    Most slip and fall accident lawyers work on a contingency basis. This term means that we don’t get paid until you win your case. This makes seeking legal counsel accessible for anyone.

    Keep in mind that different slip and fall accident attorneys will collect different percentages, so don’t be afraid to ask what that number is before you retain a law firm.

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    Schedule a Consultation with Our Seattle Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Today!

    Gustad Law Group is here to help victims who were injured in slip and fall accidents in and around Seattle. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation where we will listen patiently, estimate what your case could be worth, and advise you on the next steps. Contact us at 509-455-3799 to get started.