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If you’ve taken a fall on someone else’s property, you might have questions about your rights. Even more so if you’re racking up medical bills and forced to take time off work.

Unfortunately, falls are very common – and can be very costly. The Centers for Disease Control reports that one in five falls results in an injury, and that over 3 million people are hospitalized every year for falls.

Slip and fall cases can be difficult to pursue, so you’re going to want to have a dedicated attorney on your side. At Ladenburg Law, we’ve helped many clients in Western Washington receive compensation for their trip and fall injuries. Here’s what you need to know about our process, and why you should contact us today about your fall.

How do I know if I can sue for my fall?

In short, there is no clear formula or answer to know when you can sue a property owner for a fall. Every situation is different, which is why we urge you to call one of our Tacoma slip and fall attorneys as soon as possible.

When looking at your case, here are the things we’ll need to be able to prove:

  • You were on the property as a guest, and not a trespasser.
  • There was a hazardous condition that caused your injuries.
  • The property owner was aware of the hazardous condition and did not fix it or alert others.
  • Ultimately, the property owner was responsible for your injuries.

We’ll also want to know where the fall happened – was it a commercial property, or a city sidewalk? Was another party involved in creating the hazard? Did the fall happen when you were working? Were you distracted or careless, and partly to blame? These details help us understand who’s responsible, and what action we can take on your behalf.

What should I do if I’ve been hurt on someone else’s property?

The most important thing to do after a fall is to seek medical care. If the injuries are serious, do not hesitate to call 911.

As soon as you’re able, take these steps:

  1. Report the incident to the property owner. They may fill out an incident report. If so, make sure to ask for a copy.
  2. Take pictures of the incident and your injuries. It’s important to photograph the hazard that caused the fall, because it’s possible it won’t be there in a day or two from now. (For instance, a freshly mopped floor with no warning signs posted.)
  3. Get names and contact information for any witnesses. If anyone saw the fall happen or noticed the danger, ask for their names and contact information.
  4. Call a trusted attorney. We urge you to call one of our experienced slip and fall attorneys early in the process. Avoid giving statements to insurance adjustors or signing any sort of paperwork until you’ve spoken with us first.

When it comes to slip and fall cases, time is critical. If evidence is not gathered right away, it may be more difficult to prove your case. Also, there is a limited window of time in Washington State that you are allowed to file a claim. For these reasons, we recommend you involve one of attorneys early on.

What kind of compensation could I receive for my fall?

The compensation you receive is going to depend on a few factors such as the severity of your injuries and the insurance limits of the property owner. If you’re at least partially to blame for the fall, that will also impact what you’re able to collect.

Some of the damages we work to recover may include:

  • Medical bills, including physical therapy and rehabilitative care
  • Lost wages
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering

Once again, every case is different. One of our qualified attorneys can help determine the value of your claim.

Why should I call a Tacoma slip and fall attorney about my case?

It can be very difficult to go after a property owner on your own. Businesses may have corporate attorneys prepared to put up a big fight to protect their interests. Other times, you may get offered an insurance settlement that’s not even going to begin to cover your losses.

Our slip and fall attorneys will only collect a fee if we win your case. We can also take some of the stress off your plate so you can heal. As your attorney, we’ll:

  • Gather necessary evidence to build your case.
  • Collect statements from witnesses.
  • Secure experts for testimony in court.
  • Negotiate with insurance companies, property owners, and other attorneys to win you the best possible settlement.
  • Hold property owners accountable to make our communities safer.

We understand the process because we’ve helped many clients win settlements they deserve. Call the Ladenburg Law Injury Attorneys at 253.272.5226 for a no-fee consultation about your case.

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