Premises Liability Lawyers

Premises Liability Lawyers

When you live in Washington, you have many options for enjoying an active life. You can engage in oceanfront activities or immerse yourself in local art and culture. You have an endless choice of trendy restaurants or you can commune with nature in beautiful green spaces. While you’re enjoying local entertainment possibilities, accidental injuries can occur when you least expect them. If you’ve sustained an injury due to a negligently maintained property, contact the premises liability lawyers at Bonin Law. Our premises liability lawyers can protect your legal rights and determine if the property owner owes you financial compensation.

Why Choose Our Law Firm

When you contact Bonin Law, you can work with a dedicated team of local attorneys. We have handled premises liability cases for injured victims in Mason, Thurston, Grays Harbor, and Island Counties. When we accept a client’s case, we use our firm’s resources and our legal knowledge to resolve their injury claim.

We Investigate and Evaluate Our Clients’ Claims

If you sustained an injury on someone else’s property, contact us as soon as possible. We can establish a working relationship and take timely steps to evaluate your case.

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Conduct an independent investigation to confirm the accident circumstances
Identify negligent parties and place them on notice
Intervene with the property owner’s liability insurer
Review and evaluate the evidence
Assess legal issues
Obtain medical records
Evaluate our client’s injuries

We Resolve Our Clients’ Injury Claims

When appropriate, we present our client’s case to the responsible parties’ liability insurance carrier. In many instances, we can negotiate a settlement and avoid litigation. If the insurers or their legal representatives won’t offer a fair settlement, we consider further actions such as mediation or litigation. When necessary, we may present our evidence in court and let a judge or jury decide.

Premises Liability Lawyers in Washington

A premises liability incident occurs when you sustain an injury on someone else’s property. While falls are a common type of premises liability incident, injuries also occur due to drownings and near-drownings, falls on staircases and landings, dog attacks, and under many other circumstances.

When you sustain an injury on someone else’s property it’s usually the result of negligence related to safety, security, maintenance, or unrestrained animals. Premises liability cases often involve these types of issues.

Poorly maintained stairs, railings, and landings
Defective amusement park rides
Inadequate pool security and warnings
Improperly serviced elevators and escalators
Unsafe merchandise displays in stores
Deteriorating parking lots, landscapes, and walkways
Unrestrained dogs
Poorly cleaned or maintained floors

Determining A Property Owner’s Legal Liability

As with most cases involving liability issues, insurance companies, attorneys and courts rely on a simple negligence formula when determining a property owner’s liability.

  • Duty: Did the property owner have a legal obligation to keep their property safe for visitors?
  • Breach: Did the owner fail to uphold that duty?
  • Causation: Was the owner’s failure to uphold their duty the proximate cause of the victim’s injuries?
  • Damages: Did the victim suffer actual harm as a result of the owner’s negligence?

In Washington, an owner’s legal liability also depends on the injured victim’s status on the property when an incident occurred.

  • An invitee is someone who the owner invites onto a property. The owner owes invitees an ordinary duty of care. They must inspect and maintain their property and warn of any hazards.
  • A licensee has express or implied permission to enter a property. The owner owes a licensee a lower duty of care, but they must still warn them of any known hazards.
  • A trespasser is a person who enters a property without permission. The owner owes a trespasser the lowest duty of care. This usually means that they can’t set traps.

Dog Bite Claims Follow a Different Standard

Dog bite injuries involve different legal standards. In Washington, RCW 16.08.040, Dog bitesLiability, sets a strict liability standard. When a dog bites someone, in most instances the owner is liable for their injuries. This is true regardless of the dog’s prior history. These circumstances also apply.

  • When a dog attack occurs in a public place
  • If the injured victim is a mailman or another person lawfully on the owner’s property
  • The injured person is on the property with permission

Premises Liability Injuries

Premises liability incidents don’t always cause serious or catastrophic injuries, but sometimes they lead to tragic outcomes. Because of their frailty, young children and older adults are particularly vulnerable to fall and dog-bite injuries. Based on their most recent annual statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 36,000 people aged 65 and older died from fall-related incidents nationwide.

Children are the primary victims of drowning accidents. CDC Statistics reveal that children ages 1 to 4 die from drowning more frequently than any other accidental cause. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury for children ages 5 to 14. Near-drowing victims don’t usually die but a temporary oxygen loss can leave them with brain injuries and other disabling conditions.

While a person may sustain only minor injuries due to poorly maintained property, some injured victims must recover from serious trauma. They require emergency treatment and long-term care. Seriously injured victims incur costly medical bills, and they may lose income due to temporary or permanent disabilities.

Depending on the type of accident, premises liability injuries often include:

Traumatic brain injuries
Anoxic brain damage due to near-drownings
Spinal cord injuries
Soft tissue injuries
Fractures
Internal organ damage
Burns due to premises fires, and chemicals
Dog bites, lacerations, puncture wounds, and infections
Fatal Injuries

Recoverable Compensation for Premises Liability Claims

When we negotiate a premises liability injury settlement, we recover economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages

The economic damage portion of a claim includes the total current and future out-of-pocket costs incurred during treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation. Some examples of economic damages include:

  • Lost income
  • Doctor and hospital expenses
  • Mobility structures, devices, and fixtures
  • Prosthetics
  • Physical and psychological therapy
  • Medications
  • Medical transportation
  • Replacement services
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Non-Economic Damages

This element of compensation considers the injured victim’s emotional and psychological injuries, as well as their subjective feelings. They frequently include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Changes in marital and family relationships
  • Functional losses
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Temporary and permanent disabilities

We Meet Our Clients’ Critical Deadlines

When you sustain an injury on a Washington property, you have three years to settle your claim or file a lawsuit. If you don’t take action, you lose your right to make a claim. It’s easy to lose track of time if you’re recovering from a serious injury. When we handle your case, we monitor your statute of limitations and other critical deadlines, and we recommend timely action. We ensure compliance so you retain your right to make a claim.

Washington Premises Liability Lawyer

If you sustained an injury on someone else’s property, you need a premises liability lawyer working on your behalf. Contact Bonin Law as soon as possible after your accident. You may reach us at (360) 427-7474 or contact us here.

Contact Us

If you'd like to speak to one of our experienced Washington State personal injury, estate law or general law attorneys call (360) 427-7474 or fill out the form for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Our Service Areas

Our offices are conveniently located in Shelton WA and Oak Harbor WA. These easy-access locations allow us to provide our clients with Mason County attorneys, North Mason County attorneys, Thurston County attorneys, Grays Harbor County attorneys, Island County attorneys, Skagit County attorneys, and Anacortes attorneys.

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Shelton Location

Bonin Law

424 N. 4th Street,
Shelton WA 98584

Shelton Office

Bonin Law Shelton

424 N. 4th Street,
Shelton WA 98584

Phone: (360) 427-7474

Fax: (360) 427-7475

Email: officeemail@johnbonin.com

Mailing Address:
PO Box 783
Shelton, WA 98584

Oak Harbor Location

Bonin Law

32650 State Rte 20 Suite C205,
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Oak Harbor Office

Bonin Law Oak Harbor

32650 State Rte 20
Suite C205
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Phone: (360) 427-7474

Fax: (360) 427-7475

Email: officeemail@johnbonin.com

Mailing Address:
PO Box 783
Shelton, WA 98584

Hours

Mon-Fri:
8:30 AM–12 PM
1 PM–4:30 PM
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed