Representing the Rights of People Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents Involving Accumulations of Snow and Ice
While Seattle is not known for particularly snowy winters, precipitation can certainly cause treacherous conditions during winter months. Snowy and icy conditions can easily cause slip and fall accidents that result in serious injuries, some of which can leave victims with lifelong medical problems. In some cases, Washington law entitles people in slip and fall accidents compensation for their losses, including their medical bills, lost income, lost quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To learn whether you have a claim, call our office today to schedule a free consultation with a Seattle slip and fall lawyer or contact us online.
Slip and Fall Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
People may not think of slips and falls as particularly serious accidents. The reality, however, is that slips and falls in snowy or icy conditions are capable of causing severe injuries. Some examples of injuries that people can sustain if they slip and fall in wintry conditions include:
Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, may result when people hit their heads in slip and fall accidents. The most common form of mild TBI is a concussion, which itself is a serious injury that could result in weeks or months of debilitating symptoms.
Broken bones – People commonly break bones in slips and falls, particularly when they fall onto ice. Victims can break arms, legs, hips, or even sustain facial fractures.
Soft tissue injuries – Slip and fall accidents commonly cause soft tissue injuries like lacerations, sprains, strains, and contusions. In serious cases, these injuries can require emergency surgeries and lead to long-term complications, including scarring, chronic pain, and loss of range of motion.
Can You Recover Compensation?
If you, a friend, or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, the injured person must establish that someone else’s negligence caused your accident. The existence of negligence depends on numerous factors, including the type of property on which your accident took place. For example, while landlords have a duty to remove snow and ice from common areas, while store owners have a duty to keep their walkways clear of hazards and dangerous conditions. In addition, if the store owner or property owner fails to properly clear the snow or ice on their property, they could be liable under Washington law for negligently undertaking such a task. If they are going to undertake the task of plowing their parking lot or salting the parking lot, they must do so properly. Due to these complicated legal issues, if a slip and fall accident involving snow or ice injured you, review your case with an attorney.
Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident? Call Us Today to Speak with a Seattle Slip and Fall Attorney
Slip and fall accidents in winter weather can leave victims with extremely serious injuries. If, when the law required them to do so, someone failed to remove snow and ice or negligently did so, causing your accident, Washington law may entitle you to recover compensation for your losses. In addition, Mr. Krulewitch has handled many slip and fall cases involving a weather-related issue, such as untended snow or ice on the parking lot or walkway of a business. Mr. Krulewitch is experienced at handling this kind of personal injury cases. To schedule a free case evaluation with a slip and fall attorney in Seattle, call Jay Krulewitch today at (206) 233-0828 or send us an email through our online contact form.