Puyallup Slip and Fall Lawyer

While we often associate falls with the elderly, anyone can be injured in a fall at any time. Thankfully, most falls are minor events. However, some falls are much more serious, causing victims significant harm. You should involve a Puyallup slip and fall lawyer if you believe your fall happened because someone else failed to keep you safe and warn you of hazards.

Our attorneys have decades of combined experience and are happy to offer you a free case review. It’s possible you may have legal recourse and could pursue compensation for your medical bills, pain, and suffering.

Surprising Facts about Falls

Not all falls are alike. You can fall from varying elevations, slip on uneven flooring, or fall down a stairwell. We’ve seen people suffer severe injuries from falls, such as traumatic brain injuries.

Consider some of these sobering statistics from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI):

  • Falls cause 8 million emergency room visits each year
  • Falls are the primary reason for most missed days at work
  • Half of accidental deaths in a home are due to falls
  • Each year, one out of three people over 65 in the US will have a fall
  • Over 60% of nursing home residents fall each year

On top of the pain, victims often face expensive medical bills including ambulance rides, emergency room care, hospitalization, and in some cases, nursing home care. A skilled lawyer can help fight to recoup these costs by pursuing a personal injury claim against the person or company responsible.

Dangerous Conditions that Could Cause a Fall

Property owners must take reasonable measures to keep their premises safe of hazards. In the event they can’t make repairs right away, they should warn guests or customers of the dangers.

Here are just a few examples of the kind of conditions that could cause a victim to fall:

  • Uneven flooring
  • Poor lighting
  • Broken stairs or missing handrails
  • Lack of appropriate help in a medical or nursing care facility
  • Unsafe scaffolding for construction workers
  • Elevator or escalator manufacturer defects
  • Improper maintenance of sidewalks
  • Snow, ice, or other inclement weather

Remember, you only have a case if you can prove that the unsafe conditions caused your injury and you weren’t warned ahead of time of the hazard.

Understanding Contributory Fault in a Slip and Fall Case

Often, a property owner will claim that the fall was your fault. They may try to argue that you should’ve paid better attention or that you were distracted. If it’s true that you’re partly to blame for the accident, all may not be lost. In the state of Washington, victims can still recover a partial settlement when they share some of the blame (see RCW 4.22.005 for the full scoop).

In other situations, the property owner may be trying to shift blame, so they won’t be found responsible. This is why you should make sure to reach out to an experienced lawyer to represent you.

No matter what, it’s essential that you are honest and forthright with your personal injury lawyer. This positions the lawyer to best assist you through the process and fight for a fair settlement.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Could Help

You should call a personal injury lawyer any time you’ve fallen and become injured on someone else’s property. At Ladenburg Law, there’s no cost to reach out and we only charge a fee if we’re able to win you compensation.

Should we work together, here are a few ways we’ll help you:

  • Determine a fair value for your case
  • File all needed paperwork
  • Investigate the facts of what happened
  • Compile witness and expert testimony
  • Negotiate with the at-fault party on your behalf

Sometimes, we’re unable to arrive at a fair settlement for our clients through the negotiation process. When this happens, we won’t hesitate to file a lawsuit and argue your case before a judge or jury. We’ll be in close contact with you throughout the process, so you’ll know what your legal options are at every turn.

We Can Answer Your Questions

Call a Puyallup slip and fall lawyer today to see if you have a case. You could be eligible to receive compensation to help ease the burden of the medical bills, lost income, and other damages you now face. Don’t go it alone; our attorneys are here to assist you!

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