Premises Liability

Both business owners and homeowners have a legal duty to keep their properties safe for visitors.  Commercial property owners have a stricter duty than private homeowners to prevent injuries to visitors, but if you or someone you know has been injured in a store, at a school, or even at a private home – the property owner may be required by law to pay for the harms and losses suffered.

Premises liability cases may arise in slip and fall cases, where a person slips – or trips – and is injured in a fall.  Such falls may be caused by poorly constructed or maintained stairways and handrails, by uneven sidewalks, or by defects in the flooring that cause missteps.  Premises liability also arises in large retail stores, when customers are injured by falling merchandise. 

The Harlan Law Firm is led by personal injury attorney, Beau D. Harlan, an experienced trial lawyer with a track record of obtaining full and fair compensation for clients injured as a result of dangerous conditions with both private and public premises.  We operate on the principle that the best way to protect our client’s right to fair and full compensation in the aftermath of an injury accident is to investigate thoroughly and prepare each case and each client for jury trial. 

Successful outcomes:

  1. The Harlan Law Firm negotiated a $70,000.00 settlement on behalf of an 85-year-old woman who injured her knee in a falling accident at a public school district building, where she attended a volleyball game of her granddaughter.  During our investigation of the case, we learned that the school district had improperly installed the handrail for the stairs, leading to our client’s fall.  Our investigation also revealed the lighting conditions in the stairwell were insufficient and that construction in the building also created dangerous conditions for visitors.
  2. The Harlan Law Firm negotiated a $160,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 35 year old mother who injured her knee when she slipped on ice carrying her infant child to the car.  Prior to her falling, she had put her landlord on notice of the dangerous condition, but the landlord failed to remedy the problem.
  3. The Harlan Law Firm negotiated an $80,000.00 settlement for a woman who injured her arm when she fell after slipping on a wet mossy deck of her boyfriend’s home.


The Harlan Law Firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients pay no legal fees unless we recover for them the compensation they deserve.

If you are seeking legal advice after being injured by the negligence of a person or company, contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. Call (360) 735-8200 or email

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