Stairs, open or unprotected sides, changes in flooring or any hazard that might otherwise be obvious can become quite dangerous if the area is not properly lighted and illuminated. The same can be true on streets, sidewalks and crosswalks when they are not properly illuminated. Property owners have a duty make sure that lights on the interior and exterior of a property are in working condition, particularly when hazards are lurking in the dark.
Apartment complexes or other similar facilities, such as condominiums, with common areas and stairways require lighting to make sure residents and visitors can see where they are going. In unfamiliar places, such as parking lots or other areas that are frequented by the public at night or in darkness, proper lighting is important to keep people from falling, tripping or otherwise injuring themselves.
Inadequate lighting can also create conditions that contribute to criminal activity or create the circumstances through which you become prey to a criminal assault or robbery. In certain circumstances, a property owner may be on notice that such activities are occurring on the property and that lighting could prevent the situation from arising. Our courts have made these types of cases a bit difficult as far as holding property owners liable for criminal activity. Nonetheless, your specific circumstances are certain worth a phone call to see if we might be able to help you and your family.
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Seattle, WA 98104