Bellevue Premises Liability Attorney
Premises Liability Lawyer in Bellevue for Premises Liability Injury Victims
Most people enjoy getting out of their home to go to shopping malls, restaurants, and other activities. In Washington, if you are visiting a commercial enterprise for business purposes, such as buying an item or a service, you will be considered an Invitee. This means the business will owe you a duty to make the premises reasonably safe for you. If the business knew or should have known of an unreasonable condition that causes you injuries and did not properly address the condition, you will likely have a claim for damages, including medical bills and pain and suffering.
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A Commercial Property Owner's Duty
Commercial property owners are legally responsible for managing the conditions of their property, for invitees have the right to expect the property to be reasonably safe. This means that a landowner has a duty to make the communal areas of its property safe for invitees if it knows or should know of the condition that causes the unreasonable risk of harm and should expect the invitee will fail to protect themselves against the risk.
The general rule is that the commercial property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care and maintain their property in a safe condition. Failure to maintain these standards of safety for its invitees leave the property owner responsible for the injuries that occur as a result and thereby responsible for the damages that follow.
A Commercial Property Owner's Negligence
In slip and fall cases involving snow and ice you must be able to provide clear and compelling evidence to prove that the property owner was negligent in their duty to safeguard their property against accumulating hazards. In order to do so, you must show a failure to meet that duty, your resulting injuries, and that their violation of their duty caused those injuries. For example, a property owner does not adequately salt their sidewalk outside their store (breach of duty), and you fall and break your leg as you are walking through the front door (the damages).