There are many ways a person may be injured on another’s property. Some of the most common types of premises liability claims include:
Premises liability laws hold property owners and in some instances renters/leasers, liable for injuries caused to another person on their property. This is because property owners have a legal duty to maintain their property in a safe condition so that people who come onto their property do not suffer an injury. Therefore, if the property owner is aware of, or should reasonably be aware of, an unsafe condition, they have a legal duty to either repair the unsafe condition or warn people of the danger.
A person’s legal status in premises liability cases defines the right the person has to be present on the property of another. The legal status of the injured person plays a significant role in determining to what extent the property owner is liable for injuries. There are three generally accepted legal statuses in Washington state:
One common exception to the general rule that no duty of care is owed to trespassers on the property is called the attractive nuisance exception. Property owners should anticipate that children may be attracted to a feature of or on the property (ex: swimming pool, trampoline, play structure, etc.) even if they do not have permission to be on the property and thus owe a higher duty of care when a child is injured by an attractive nuisance.
There is a time limit to bring legal action for personal injury claims in Washington State. In most cases, the personal injury statute of limitations in Washington is three (3) years from the date of the injury. However, the statute of limitations may differ depending on the specific facts and type of the case.
If an injured victim fails to either settle their case or file a lawsuit against the correct defendant before the statute of limitations lapses, they will be barred from receiving compensation for their injuries. This is why it is important to consult with an experienced premises liability lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss any important deadlines that will affect your case or prevent you from recovering.
Economic damages compensate the injured victim for actual monetary loss. Examples include:
Non-economic damages are subjective, non-monetary losses. Examples include:
Other types of damages injured victims may be entitled to include:
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