Slip and Fall Accidents

Bellevue Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Bellevue for Slip and Fall Accident Victims

Shopping areas and restaurants are often fun and exciting to visit. One of the goals of most shopping areas is to capture your attention on what they are selling with big colorful signs and displays. This means you will not always be looking where you are walking and what you are walking on. As a patron for business purposes, you will be classified as 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 caused you injuries, such as a slippery substance or other hazards on the floor, they will likely be responsible for causing or contributing to any injuries suffered in the fall. One exception to the notice requirement is if an agent or employee caused the trip hazard or if the hazard is due to a “self-serve” station, such as a soda and ice dispenser, where spills should be expected.

There are several distinct components to a slip and fall case that are necessary for financial compensation. Working with an experienced attorney can help you in navigating that process so you can focus your efforts towards your recovery. If you have been in a slip and fall accident and have any legal related questions, please feel free to reach out to Charles McNeese and Adam Trotsky for a free phone, video, or in-person consultation. We look forward to answering any of your questions.

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 you must be able to provide 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 or put up a wet floor sign after mopping (breach of duty), and you fall and break your leg as you are walking through the front door (the damages).

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