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Personal injury at rental property might be grounds for lawsuit

Tenants in Washington who suffer injuries on their rental properties might have questions about the property owner's liability. While a landlord must provide rental properties that are reasonably safe, they might not be responsible for all instances of personal injury. There will always be some conditions that are controlled by tenants, and if any of those cause injuries to a visitor to the property, the property owner and tenant might be jointly liable.

For tenants to pursue financial relief for injuries suffered on rental properties, they have to prove that the landlord or property owner was negligent in the manner in which the property was maintained. To establish negligence, the first thing to show is that the landlord owed the tenant a legal duty of reasonable care in the maintenance of the property. The next element to prove is a breach of that duty led to a dangerous situation, which was then left unaddressed.

The third element is causation, which must show that the breach of duty -- and not another factor -- was the direct cause of the tenant's injuries. Lastly, the plaintiff must show that the injuries were compensable. Prove of all four these elements are required to establish negligence on the part of the landlord.

Premises liability lawsuits are challenging to navigate and might be best handled by an experienced Washington personal injury attorney. A lawyer can explain the tenant's rights and assess the circumstances that led to the injuries to determine the viability of a civil lawsuit. If grounds exist, the attorney can help with the establishment of negligence and advocate for the plaintiff in pursuit of financial relief to cover economic and noneconomic damages.

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