Washington, D.C. Slip and Fall Lawyers

Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident Claims in the District 

In Washington, D.C., public and private property owners alike have a legal responsibility to maintain their properties and ensure they are free of various hazards that could cause foreseeable injury. Unfortunately, many property owners fail to uphold this duty of care, leading to serious slip and fall accidents, life-changing injuries, and even deaths.

If you were harmed by a dangerous or defective condition on someone else’s property, Mike Slocumb Law Firm can help. Our Washington, D.C. slip and fall lawyers are here to guide you through the legal process and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We have extensive experience and a proven track record of success, having secured more than $500 million in compensation for our clients. 

Learn how our firm can help you fight for the fair recovery you are owed. Call (202) 759-7807 or contact us onlinefor a free and confidential consultation.

Are Property Owners Always Liable for Slip and Falls? 

Property owners are often—but not always—liable for slips, trips, and falls that occur on their properties. To have a personal injury case, you must first prove that you were not at fault in any way for the slip and fall accident. Because Washington, D.C. follows a strict rule of contributory negligence, you cannot file a claim if you were even one percent to blame. 

Next, you must also prove each of the following elements to have a valid slip and fall case:

  • You were lawfully on the property (i.e., not trespassing) 
  • You were not in an area of the property that was restricted to visitors 
  • The property owner owed you a duty of care 
  • There was a dangerous or defective condition on the property
  • The property owner knew about or should have known about the condition
  • The property owner failed to take reasonable measures to remove, repair, or warn you of the condition 
  • You were injured and suffered measurable damages
  • The dangerous or defective condition was the proximate cause of your injuries 

Proving a slip and fall case in Washington, D.C. can be complex, but our team knows how to gather important evidence and develop innovative legal strategies aimed at securing maximum compensation for our clients. We know how to utilize the law to your advantage, and we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you and your recovery.

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Examples of Dangerous and Defective Property Conditions 

To have a slip and fall case, you must typically prove that you were injured due to a dangerous or defective condition on the property. You’ll also need to prove that the condition was one that any reasonable person would know could cause an accident or injury, and that the property owner knew about it or should have known about it yet failed to take adequate measures to prevent injury. 

Some examples of dangerous and defective property conditions include:

  • Uneven or wet floors 
  • Slippery surfaces 
  • Torn or ripped carpeting 
  • Loose floor mats and rugs
  • Missing “wet floor” signs
  • Unmarked or broken steps
  • Defective stairs and stairwells
  • Missing handrails 
  • Improper signage 
  • Poor or dim lighting 
  • Potholes, cracks, cords, wires, and other tripping hazards
  • Cluttered aisles and walkways
  • Defective sidewalks 
  • Slanted surfaces 
  • Recently waxed floors 
  • Spills 
  • Accumulated ice or snow

If you slipped, tripped, and fell due to any of these or other dangerous or defective conditions, you could have a slip and fall case. We encourage you to reach out to our Washington, D.C. slip and fall attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. 

How Long Do You Have to File a Slip and Fall Claim in D.C.? 

The statute of limitations on slip and fall lawsuits in Washington, D.C. is three years from the date of the accident/injury. This means that you have just three years to file your claim in court. In nearly all cases, if you miss the filing deadline, the court will dismiss your case. This means you will be unable to sue the liable party for damages and will not receive any compensation for your related economic and/or non-economic damages.

Whether you were recently injured in a slip and fall accident, or you believe the statute of limitations may have already expired, we advise you to contact our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm. We can help you review all of your options and provide the answers you need to make an informed decision about your case. We offer all our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket attorney fees. Instead, our team only collects payment if/when they successfully secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf. 

Contact us online or by phone at (202) 759-7807 to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our slip and fall lawyers. Hablamos español.

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