When you slip and fall on a streak of spilled soap in a restaurant bathroom, and you break your wrist while bracing for the fall, you could use the counsel of a premises liability lawyer in Phoenix.

When your new neighbors’ dog attacks you as you are delivering a “welcome to the neighborhood” pie, and you are left with bite and scratch marks from the mauling, you might want to call a premises liability lawyer.

When a runaway chain of empty shopping carts mows your kid down as you walk across the store parking lot, and the child suffers a brain injury from hitting the pavement, you will want to talk to a premises liability lawyer.

In a nutshell, any time you are injured on someone else’s property, and the property owner could have prevented your injury by taking reasonable precautions, you have the right to pursue compensation from the premises owner—and you will benefit from the services of a premises liability lawyer.

A Phoenix premises liability lawyer could help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries and damages you sustained. Call our experienced personal injury attorneys today for a free initial consultation.

Understanding the Scope of Property Owners’ Responsibilities

Premises liability is an area of personal injury law based on the idea that the owner of a property or facility is legally responsible for the safety of the people who are on the property. The law expects owners to maintain safe conditions on their properties, to repair unsafe conditions promptly, and to post appropriate warnings in hazardous areas of which they are aware but have not yet been able to fix.

State laws also require that property owners have mechanisms in place to keep them reasonably updated as to possible unsafe conditions so the owner can make sure the hazard is either fixed or managed. When property owners fail to provide such safety measures, and a person sustains an injurious accident as a result of this negligence, the accident victim can pursue compensation for his or her injuries and other damages stemming from those injuries. A lawyer who regularly handles premises liability cases in the area could help injured parties understand these laws.

Common Causes of Premises Liability Accidents

Think of all the ways you might experience an accident and suffer injuries in your own house. Now add to that list the factors of a larger space with more people carrying drinks and mopping floors and more parts that break or fail, and you can imagine the breadth of accidents that can occur on a property. From slip and falls to construction accidents, a local attorney could work with you to pursue a premises liability claim.

Slip and Falls

The most common of premises liability accident, a slip and fall is pretty much what it sounds like–slipping or tripping on some substance or object and hurting yourself in the process. Often, these accidents happen when floors become slippery from spilled liquids, snow, ice, cleaning products, and oil.

Dog Bites

When an animal of any type attacks you on the pet owner’s property, the law considers the attack to be an issue of premises liability. The property owner must prevent the pet from attacking people who come to the property or are merely walking passed it.

Assault

When the lack of security on a property enables someone to assault you physically —the property owner is accountable for this attack and liable for your damages.

Burns

If a fire breaks out on a property for reasons that the owner could have prevented by taking reasonable measures, and you suffer burns as a result, the property owner is liable.

Property owners are also liable for accidental drownings that happen in their swimming pools, gases exploding, or toxic fumes being released, and defective machinery on the property causing injuries. Construction accidents could also warrant a personal injury claim.

Common Types of Injuries that Result from Premises Liability Accidents in Phoenix

Premises liability accidents take a broad range of forms and levels of severity. Among the most common and most severe injuries for which a premises owner might be liable are the following:

When a premises liability lawyer in Phoenix proves that the property owner’s negligence caused an accident on his or her property, and the plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of this negligence, the injured party can file a claim against the property owner’s insurance company and/or file a lawsuit against the property owner in civil court in the pursuit of damages recovery.

Proving that the Property Owner Was Negligent

When the law stipulates that a property owner is negligent when he or she does not exercise “reasonable care” in maintaining a safe environment, the following questions are considered:

  • Were you a visitor, licensee, or trespasser?
  • What is the intended use of the property?
  • Was the accident foreseeable?
  • Were reasonable precautions taken to prevent accidents or to warn property occupants of the dangerous area?

Gathering Evidence in a Premises Liability Case

Our legal team will gather evidence from every nook and cranny to build a case against the property owner, proving his or her negligence so you can collect your compensation.

Some of the types of evidence we will gather includes:

  • Police reports
  • Medical records
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Photos and video surveillance
  • On-site visit to the accident scene

If a loved one has died as the result of a premises owner’s negligence, you can pursue a wrongful death action against the owner. Call Zanes Law. We will handle your case with compassion and diligence.

Types of Recoverable Damages in a Premises Liability Accident

A premises liability lawyer in Phoenix from Zanes Law will collect and review evidence that document your injuries, including written opinions from medical, economic, vocational, and life-planning experts.

We also will gather medical and work records to document your medical expenses and lost wages.

Examples of the types of damages you may recover in your premises liability accident include:

  • Lost Income – Wages, benefits, diminished potential earnings, etc.
  • Replacement Services – Housekeeping, childcare, lawn and pool maintenance, etc.
  • Medical Costs – Doctor’s fees, surgeon fees, hospital stay, emergency transportation, prescription medications, future/ongoing medical treatment, medical supplies, physical therapy, etc.

Working with a skilled lawyer could increase your chances of recovering compensation.

Your Time for Taking Legal Action for Your Premises Liability Case is Limited

Arizona’s statute of limitations limits the amount of time you have to act on your premises liability case. Do not risk this window closing on your case. The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner he or she can begin building a case that can recover the damages from your premises liability accident.

A Phoenix Premises Liability Attorney Can Start Today

We will give you a free initial consultation for your accident, and we will do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve. Call a Phoenix premises liability lawyer today.

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