Recreational use statutes encourage landowners to open land for public recreational use by providing the landowner immunity from liability for personal injury. The purpose of the recreational use statute is to encourage the opening of lands to the general public that would otherwise be closed. Immunity under the recreational use statute applies only if 1) […]
Suzette worked for Frontier Bank. In December 2009, her employer instructed her to visit some local businesses that did their baking with Frontier Bank. Suzette visited one such business, walked out, and headed next door to another business. Before she reached the next door Suzette found herself on the ground. She had seen no obstruction […]
A woman frequently visited a high school to use its running track. On one occasion she took a different route, one that required her to step down from the bleachers onto the track. She did not accurately perceive the rise that separated the bleachers from the track surface. As she took the step, she fell […]
A Lowe’s Home Improvement customer was viewing a kitchen counter display when a box fell from above and hit her between the eyes. She never saw it coming. The box was not part of the kitchen counter display. The box was on a high shelf, out of reach of customers, and accessible only by […]
Jerelyn was a part-time paraeducator at an elementary school in Kennewick, Washington. One January morning she noticed it had snowed, dressed accordingly, then drove to the school without losing traction. She began work at 10:30 a.m. Consequently, about 65 to 70 employees arrived before her. After she got out of her car she slipped and […]
Cindy fell on a grape at the checkout in a Ross store in Lynnwood, Washington, and injured her shoulder. She later sued Ross for personal injury. Ross moved to dismiss. Cindy’s attorney argued that the store failed to preserve evidence by allowing a video of the fall to auto-delete after 17 days. Her attorney also […]
Many people assume that if someone is injured on another’s property, the property owner or occupier and their insurance carrier are automatically on the hook for the injury claim. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, slip and fall cases are among the toughest for the personal injury claimant to win. The Court […]
A hairdresser went to a heavy metal concert featuring a band called “Spiderface.” Spiderface uses fake blood. The hairdresser slipped and fell in the fake blood. She broke her ankle, and was unable to work for months.
An elderly woman fell in a puddle of water near an elevator in a hospital. She was taken to the ER, treated for a dislocated shoulder, and released. Family members found her unconscious the next morning. She died less than a week later from intracranial bleeding.
A woman fell in water about fifteen feet from the checkout in a Walmart store. She was injured. She sued. The trial court dismissed. She appealed.
A long-haul truck driver delivered a trailer to a Lowe’s store. Although she would sometimes open the trailer doors in the loading dock, unloading the trailers was not her job. On this delivery, when she attempted to open the trailer doors she noticed that the cargo had shifted and some boxes pressed against the doors. […]
A woman is shopping in Goodwill. A large picture with a heavy frame is propped on top of a mattress, which is sitting on the floor leaning against the wall. The picture falls on the woman’s neck, severely injuring her. The store is not liable. Why?
A woman in a grocery store slipped and fell, hitting her head a losing consciousness for several minutes. When she regained consciousness she realized she had slipped in a clear liquid – presumably water. The puddle was about three feet in diameter. There were no foot tracks or cart tracks through the liquid. There were […]
Please note, our law firm took no part in the lawsuit described in this article. Many erroneously believe that if someone is injured on another’s property, the property owner and/or their insurance is responsible to pay related damages. Actually, slip and fall injury cases are among the hardest to establish liability. Two recent Washington Court […]
Our law firm was not involved in the case described in this article. A tenant tripped in a tear in the carpet of her apartment unit and sued the apartment complex. In the complaint the tenant alleged breach of contract and violations of federal regulations governing the structural soundness of federally subsidized housing. […]
Our personal injury law firm was not involved in the case described in this article. A recent Court of Appeals opinion upheld the trial court’s dismissal of an injury claim from a slip and fall in a Toys R Us store. The injury claimant slipped and fell within several feet of the front door to […]
Our Seattle injury attorney was not involved in the lawsuit described in this article. In an unpublished opinion the Washington Court of Appeals recently reversed dismissal of an injury claim of a Tacoma woman who fell on a set of stairs.
Our law firm was not involved in the personal injury lawsuit described in this article. In a recent premises liability case Division One of the Washington Court of Appeals considered what duty, if any, a landowner owes to a police officer. On the night of December 20, 2005, a King County Sheriff’s Department Deputy entered […]