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Premises Liability

If you have been injured as a result of a condition on someone else’s land or property, you may have a claim against the property owner. The floor, sidewalk, or parking lot may be slippery or icy, causing you to fall. There could be a defect or problem with the building, such as a loose floorboard or an inadequate stairway railing. Your right to bring a claim depends on the reason you were on the property and what is known as your “status” at the time you were injured.

If you have been involved in an accident on someone else’s property or land, please call or email our attorneys for a free consultation.

What is Premises Liability "Status"?

For premises liability cases, there are three broad types of status: invitee, licensee, and trespasser. These categories are based on common law, and have their roots in ancient English property law.

The strongest type of status is an “invitee”. Typically, this is someone who is invited onto the premises to conduct business, such as someone visiting a retail store or restaurant. All of the customers at these types of establishments were “invited” by the store owner, and thus the store owner owes all invitees a duty to protect them from unsafe conditions — including a duty to inspect the property.

Normally, a landowner can only be held liable for unsafe conditions about which they had notice. However, if the landowner created the condition, the injured person does not have to show prior notice.

It is important to have an experienced premises liability attorney assist you in your claim. Determining the status of the injured party is often the most important part of the claim, and requires a deep understanding of premises and property law. There may also be a way to get your medical bills paid immediately by making a claim to a “med pay” policy that the property owner may have.

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If you would like to discuss your injury claim with one of our premises liability attorneys, please call 800.273.5005 or email our attorneys at to schedule a free lawyer consultation.


Confidential settlement for a store customer who sustained a brain injury that eventually led to a Parkinson’s diagnosis after he was struck by a product that fell from a high shelf that an employee was attempting to retrieve.


$300,000 settlement for the customer of a nail salon who had three toes amputated as a result of receiving a nick on one toe that led to a serious infection.


$450,000 settlement for a man who injured his heel while walking down makeshift stairs at an amateur theater dress rehearsal.


$450,000 for the victim of a golf cart accident who required surgery. 


$350,000 settlement for a client who was knocked to the ground by a golf cart, suffered injuries to her neck and back, and was forced to undergo low back surgery.


$275,000 for an individual who suffered an elbow injury, musculoskeletal injuries, and a lumbar injury as a result of a fall over a hazardous sidewalk


$110,000 for a woman who sustained a head injury after slipping on a business’s un-shoveled, snowy steps


$480,000 for an individual who fractured his wrist and exacerbated a prior neck fusion, requiring a subsequent fusion after tripping over an upraised sidewalk


$500,000 for a man who slipped on grease while on the job as a sanitation worker, falling into a hole in a poorly maintained parking lot, requiring shoulder surgery.


$500,000 for a young man struck by a car in a bar parking lot where bar security failed to break up a disturbance, sustaining a brachial plexus injury.

$2.73 Million

$2.73 million verdict for a woman who had a wooden dolly dropped on her at Fred Meyer.

$2 Million

$2 million for a client with a serious brain injury caused by falling down stairs.


$200,000 for a man who slipped and fell on an icy patch at a strip mall.


$300,000 for a client who required arthroscopy surgery for a medial meniscus tear. 


$350,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on a city sidewalk that the city and adjacent property owners had failed to repair.

If you have been involved in an accident on someone else’s property or land, please call or email our attorneys for a free consultation

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