Slip and Fall

Slip-and-fall injuries in Seattle, Washington 

Slip and fall accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Slips and falls can take place in stores, in snow, or on sidewalks. Broken bones, sprains, concussions, or other head injuries can be the consequence of a slip and fall on improperly maintained store surfaces or sidewalks. In the winter, if sidewalks or driveways aren’t properly salted, the surfaces can quickly become incredibly hazardous to unsuspecting pedestrians. Black ice is sometimes very difficult to visually identify. In grocery stores, broken bottles or containers can quickly create a hazardous situation. Unfortunately, some stores do not have enough staff on hand to ensure that floors are safe and properly cleaned. The consequences can be tragic for customers who may not be aware of where they are stepping.

Negligence or tort law protects individuals from harm caused by an individual or company’s carelessness. Owners of public properly generally have a duty to show due care regarding the public using their premises. If the property owner of a store or other public place or private premises where you are visiting doesn’t properly care for his premises, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries you suffer while on the property. A sign of negligent property maintenance includes:

  • Boxes or merchandise left out on aisles or floor
  • Spilled liquids or store products on the floor or improper signage to designate wet areas
  • High stacks of merchandise
  • Broken doors and other broken objects within the store environment
  • Unlit areas
  • Poorly-maintained stairwells
  • Elevators that mislevel
  • Stairs with inadequate railings
  • Stairs that are too steep or are uneven
  • Disability ramps that are too steep 

If you have suffered a slip and fall injury in Seattle, Washington, it is important to seek the help of a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer. Dick McKinney understands tort law and can help determine whether your slip and fall case qualifies for reimbursement. He recently obtained over $ 200,000 for an apartment tenant who had previously been unemployed for life, but who was injured when he fell in the snow while getting his mail at his apartment complex.  He also got so much for a customer in an Idaho fall at a shopping mall that a settlement mediator told all parties that Mr. McKinney was getting more for his client than anyone had ever gotten in an Idaho slip and fall case.   See Wendy’s testimonial on this website telling all viewers about getting hundreds of thousands of dollars for a slip and fall while helping a wheelchair patient on a disability ramp that did not meet code requirements.  If you injury was due to negligence, you deserve to seek FULL justice and compensation for your injuries.


Common Slip and Fall Injuries 

Slip and fall injuries result in broken bones, sprains, strains, back pain, back injuries, head injuries, concussions, memory loss, and PTSD, among others. The recovery time for some of these injuries can be rather long. Rehabilitative care isn’t always covered by insurance policies and sometimes the time policies will cover rehabilitative care is not sufficient to properly treat injuries.

The recovery process for brain injuries, for instance, can be extensive. Injured individuals may experience periods of confusion, dizziness, or disorientation. During this period, the individual may not be able to work. Ability to focus may be disrupted. Changes in mood, behavior, or personality may become present. Some individuals become easily agitated or frustrated. Other individuals may find that their sleep patterns are disrupted after the injury. These symptoms can be very disruptive to a person’s work life, family life, and general quality of life. Proper rehabilitation can help individuals regain functioning, improve quality of life, and help the person re-learn old skills. Professionals can help individuals adapt to the injury and learn lost skills. Even if your insurance doesn’t cover this essential care, Dick McKinney fights and generally prevails in ensuring that victims of slip and fall head injuries get properly reimbursed.

People who suffer injuries from slips and falls may also find themselves losing time on the job. Families may find themselves facing high financial burdens because not all insurance companies cover the full extent of the injury. If you or a loved one is a victim of a slip and fall, you need a personal injury lawyer in Seattle, Washington who can help you receive reimbursement for your suffering, disability, disfigurement, lost work opportunities and medical costs. McKinney Law can help.

Slip and Fall Prevention on Snow

While proper shoveling is always the best preventative for slips and falls during the winter months, there are also some other precautions property owners can take. Proper lighting can help protect individuals from unnecessary slips and falls on ice and snow. Being able to see where snow and ice are present can be an important preventative measure. Clearing snow or the use of salt or sand can also help prevent accidents. Handrails can also ensure that individuals do not slip or fall on snow or ice. Shoveling snow before it becomes impacted can also prevent accidents. Avoiding the pooling of water on roofs causing an overflow of  roof drainage is extremely important in avoiding accidents.  Unfortunately, precautions like these are often ignored. If you have slipped on snow or ice, you may need the help or a personal injury lawyer in Seattle, Washington to get your life back on track and to help ensure that accidents like this do not happen again.

Serving the People of Seattle, Washington 

Dick McKinney and his staff understand the unique hardships faced following any injury. We take the time to learn the circumstances of your case and properly understand the nature of the facilities where the injury took place. We fight aggressively to demand your rights to the fullest extent of the law and to ensure that you receive maximum damages for you claim. If you have been injured in a slip and fall in a store or on a sidewalk or from snow, you deserve to be heard. Contact McKinney Law today to protect and assert your rights.