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If you have been injured on someone’s property or at their business, you may have a claim against them to recoup compensation for your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance company, in arbitration and if necessary, in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. A Tacoma slip and fall lawyer can help you get the money you are owed under the law, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our skilled injury representatives have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. Feel free to call for a consultation.

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Premises Liability in Slip and Fall Cases

Premises liability is an area of law that deals with getting hurt on someone else’s property or while visiting a business. The most common form of premises liability claim involves slip, trip, or falling accidents at a business, but there are other forms of premises liability as well, including, but certainly not limited to, accidents at hotels, bars and nightclubs, apartment complexes, and city sidewalks. Premises liability claims work to hold a negligent property owner accountable for failing to maintain a safe environment.

Common Injuries Seen in Slip and Fall Cases

If you have were hurt while spending time at someone else’s property or at someone’s business, then you may have suffered one of the following injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Fractures
  • Death
  • Back injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Traumatic brain damage

These kinds of serious injuries rarely here on their own. Instead, they require medical attention. Medical specialists such as osteopaths, physiatrists, and chiropractors can help you get back to the path to health after slipping and falling on someone else’s property.

Challenges with Filing a Claim

Winning a slip and fall case can be challenging because there are legal arguments the defendant can make that have consistently held up in court. Among them include:

  • You knew ahead of time about the danger that led you to be hurt
  • The danger was considered “open and obvious,” meaning anyone could see it
  • The owner of the property or business where you were either didn’t know or reasonably could not have known about the danger that hurt you
  • You caused your injury by not using the premises correctly

Open holes or extremely raised sidewalks, for instances, could be examples of “open and obvious” dangers where the injured person either knew or should have known that there would be a problem if they didn’t avoid the open and obvious hazard.

Examples of Slip and Fall Accidents

Elevator accidents are unfortunately very common. Elevators have to be installed properly to begin with and then they need to be maintained and inspected regularly according to state laws. Landlords and building owners cannot breach this duty or avoid the responsibility that comes with this duty. Escalators are a common fixture in virtually every multistory office, shopping mall, and retail outlet in this country and yet few people appreciate the danger escalators pose until an injury occurs. Like elevators, escalators are subject to strict laws concerning their safety, maintenance, and upkeep. There are approximately 33,000 elevators operating in the USA. While there are less escalators than elevators, there are about 15 times more people hurt on escalators than elevators.

Claims involving these elements might be challenging to pursue, but our Tacoma lawyers could take the lead.

If you have been injured while staying at a local hotel, you may have a claim against the business for not maintaining a safe environment. There are occasions when a hotel or motel property owner does not make sure their lodging is up to code with safety precautions. One recent example The Jackman Law Firm recently litigated involved a hotel chain who allowed their parking lot to accumulate a great deal of oil from cars, which caused the parking lot to be very slick, and the customer slipped and fell and badly hurt herself. This could have been avoided had the hotel done an adequate job of properly cleaning the property.

Many pool accidents or drownings stem from drains, which are dangerous because they can suck children or adults by the hair and cause serious injuries. Meanwhile, someone could also be injured by electrocution or slip and fall while visiting a local swimming pool.

Amusement parks, carnivals, and bouncy houses are all fun ways for adults and children to spend time with family and friends. However, they also pose real danger to adults and children. Per the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly two thirds of injuries that take place at amusement parks are to young children. Before getting on any ride, it is important to read and obey the ride’s safety rules concerning the rider’s height, weight, and age. Children should also follow directions involving how to properly be on the ride. Finally, if you notice something unsafe about the attraction, it is best to report it and reach out to our knowledgeable attorneys in Tacoma.

There are numerous large and specialty grocery stores across the country. Among the most popular chain grocery stores are Tom Thumb, Kroger, Safeway, Whole Foods and HEB. Shopping at these stores is very safe normally, on occasion these stores pose dangers to customers who may slip and fall or be injured at their store.

If someone does slip and fall on a hazard that should have been cleaned up, they could speak with a skilled Tacoma lawyer about filing a civil claim for damages.

The vast majority of restaurants are perfectly safe places to be. However, there are accidents that occur at these establishments because the management and employees fail to make the premises safe for people to use. The most common injury at restaurants are slip and falls. After tripping in a restaurant, a diner should be sure to call our team about the accident.

The most common stadiums are where the professional sports teams and collegiate teams play. While most of these stadiums are safe and go without having incidents of a serious nature, there are times, however, when these stadiums pose a risk and people are hurt. When someone is hurt at a sports game or concert, the organization responsible for the premises might need to assume responsibility for the incident. A seasoned Tacoma lawyer could help determine who needs to face blame after a stadium injury.

While most bars and nightclubs are safe, the overconsumption of alcohol could lead to many different accidents or cause people to act recklessly. The most common legal issues associated with injuries that occur at bars or nightclubs include dram shop cases, premise liability claims, slip and fall situations, and altercations caused by negligent security.

People are often injured when a porch or deck is old and has fallen in disrepair. When this is the case, the likelihood of an accident increases. If by some chance you were injured on someone’s deck or porch, you usually have the right to take legal action against the homeowner. Typically, these cases will not directly affect the homeowner because the homeowner will have insurance. The insurance for the homeowner will step in and take over the case.

Negotiating with insurance can be an uphill battle, but our tenacious legal representatives know how to best handle these complex situations.

There are many stairways and staircases inside buildings and apartment complexes and condos and offices. Most of them are perfectly safe and free from dangers. However, any instance of a poorly maintained stairwell could cause someone to slip, fall, and sustain a serious injury. After this kind of accident, our legal team could assess a plaintiff’s legal standing and help them get started on pursuing compensation.

Learn More About Settling Your Slip and Fall Accident Case

You can certainly challenge the taking, but understand this is normally an uphill battle you will likely lose. Since eminent domain is widely accepted, it’s hard to win unless you can show that the government is not taking your property for a legitimate public use. If you refuse, the government will file an action in court and you will have to appear in court, if asked, and file the appropriate legal documents in opposition to those filed by the government. If you lose, and the judge allows the taking to go forward, then a new trial will be started that allows each to make the case for the land’s value.

Every lawyer is different, but The Jackman Law Firm charges a third of whatever money you recover from the government, provided that amount is greater than the original offer you received. We only get paid, in other words, unless you both win and your award is greater than what you would have received without help.

This is a procedure to attempt to settle your case. The special commissioner is made up of three landowners who have no interest or relationship to you or your case. A judge selects them. The commissioners will hear you and your attorney make your case for the value of your land, as well as the government’s side, and from there they will decide the value of your land.

You don’t have to accept the offer from the government. You can fight for more money, but be aware you are going to need certain experts to validate your position, including surveyors, appraisers, and real estate brokers. These experts can persuade the judge or jury the true value of your land.

Every case is unique and different. It can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. In general, cases where the government is involved take a long time, typically a year or so. If a private company is involved, the process will usually be much faster.

You have three years from the date of the accident.

Statistically, it is not likely since most cases settle out of court, but the best way to settle the case is to prepare as though you are going to trial.

It is important to understand whether your doctor can clearly separate which accident caused your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm can assist you in this.