Even minor slip and fall accidents can have a notable impact on your day-to-day life. The more severe these accidents are, the more likely it is that you may have to contend with substantial medical bills, time away from work, and reduced mobility. Fortunately, you may have the right to pursue compensation for your losses if you slipped and fell on someone else’s land.
If you want to take your slip and fall case before a civil judge, slip and fall accident lawyers in Phoenix can help you formulate an applicable complaint. Zanes Law’s skilled legal team can calculate the value of your case, present it to the right parties, and defend your right to argue your case. Let’s work together to secure the financial support you deserve.
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Before you can bring the injustice of a slip and fall case to the attention of a civil judge, you need to establish the nature of your case. To do this, you need to establish a slip and fall accident complaint. In that complaint, both you and your legal representative need to establish the following:
- A business owner or property owner either knew or should have known about the dangerous condition
- The aforementioned parties failed to fix the dangerous condition or warn the public about the hazardous condition
- The dangerous condition caused your injury and foisted unexpected financial losses onto you
You need to back all of these claims with hard evidence, from videos of your accident to bystander testimony. The more effectively you’re able to defend these statements, the easier your fight for a fair settlement may prove.
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What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
There are concrete steps you can take in the wake of a slip and fall accident that can make it easier for you to pursue compensation in the long run. The Zanes Law team touches on these strategies in our Frequently Asked Questions. In the days specifically following a slip and fall accident, however, you should consider:
- Scheduling follow-up appointments with general practitioners and additional specialists to address any concerns brought up by emergency responders at the scene of your accident.
- Sending a representative to the scene of your accident to take photos, contact bystanders, and gather evidence of negligence.
- Filing an incident report with the business
- Documenting the extent of your injuries and the effects your accident has had on your everyday life
Our job, as Phoenix slip and fall accident attorneys, is to make sure you have the time you need to recover from your accident. At the same time, we want you to have all the information you need to pursue a civil claim should you want to benefit from a liable party’s financial support.
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Assessing Your Damages and Lost Wages
A slip and fall accident can do permanent damage to your long-term help. Even if you have the opportunity to recover your full strength, the time away from work and the assistance you need to recover may end up introducing new economic stressors into your life.
The good news is that in your pursuit of compensation for your accident, you can demand that a liable party factor the cost of your recovery into the settlement you deserve. This means that you can hold a liable party responsible for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional tolls created by the injuries
- Permanent impairments or disabilities
It’s not on you to independently calculate these losses. You can work with our Phoenix, AZ, slip and fall accident lawyers to find the sum of your economic losses. We can then modify that sum to account for your slip and fall non-economic losses thanks to multipliers pre-approved by the state of Arizona.
Collecting Your Evidence and Proof of Liability
If you’re going to demand compensation for slip and fall losses, you need to bring forward proof of both your case’s value and liability as it falls to another party. You must have the means to prove that another party’s negligence contributed to your losses if you want your claim to lead to negotiations and/or a trial.
The following evidence strengthens your case and helps your attorney to prove liability:
- Photos of the scene where the injury occurred (multiple angles)
- Testimonies from witnesses or staff
- Security camera footage
Liability derives from a business’s obligation to provide a high “duty of care” to its clientele. If you suffer harm due to the carelessness or negligence of the property owner, they are responsible, regardless of involvement. Examples of liable conditions can include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Walkway obstacles
- Electrical cords
- Poorly maintained carpet or flooring
- Ramps or stairs
- Failure to warn customers or visitors of hazards that can’t be quickly fixed (such as by setting up an orange cone or warning placard over the affected area)
How Our Team Proves Liability
When we fight to bring your claim forward, we strive to prove the following points:
- Notice: The business owner or property owner either knew or should have known about the dangerous condition
- Duty: The business failed to fix the dangerous condition or warn the public about the hazardous condition
- Damages: That the dangerous condition caused you injury
Your slip and fall injury claim needs to touch on all of these points if it’s going to make it past a county clerk’s desk. Fortunately, you have plenty of time to gather this information. Arizona’s personal injury statute of limitations, A.R.S.§ 12-542, allows you to take up to two years to gather the data you need to indicate liability in a civil claim.
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How We Will Help You Get a Fair Settlement
The party you hold accountable for your slip and fall losses has the right to challenge the claim you bring forward. These challenges can lead to out-of-court settlement negotiations or a trial before a judge. In either case, you can count on our team to argue for your right to a favorable settlement that addresses the full extent of your accident-based losses.
The good news is that despite prioritizing their bottom lines, most insurers would prefer not to go to court. This means that many may meet you at the negotiation table. You may need to bring insurers who refuse to acknowledge your case’s value before a judge, though, if you want to benefit from their financial support.
Even when insurers consent to negotiations, insurance adjusters may attempt to undercut the value of your case or otherwise undersell the severity of your losses. Our team challenges these attempts with hard facts gathered during an investigation into your case. You can discuss how best to present this data during a consultation with our slip and fall accident lawyers in Phoenix.
We Counter Lowball Settlement Offers from Insurance Companies
The tactics that insurance adjusters can use to try and avoid providing you with comprehensive support after a slip and fall accident can include:
- Cutting the number of your medical bills or lost wages
- Alleging that certain injuries or treatments are unrelated to your accident.
- Contending that you did not suffer a permanent impairment from the slip-and-fall accident or that missing work time was unnecessary.
Without representation, the pushback from the insurance company can be disheartening. Thankfully, our team has plenty of experience dealing with greedy insurance companies. We can back your claim with data establishing both liability and the value of your losses so that insurance providers can’t avoid acknowledging the value of your case.
Cost of Legal Representation for Personal Injury Claims
When considering the settlement you may receive for your slip and fall accident, you may find yourself wondering: how may the cost of legal representation impact your possible payout? The good news is that Zanes Law operates on contingency. This means that you never have to pay us legal fees for our representation in civil court.
Instead, we only get paid if you get paid. During initial conversations about your case, you can discuss the percentage of your settlement our team may take should your slip and fall case settle in your favor. You won’t owe us a dime if we don’t win your case.
During a slip and fall case consultation with our team members, you can learn more about Zanes Law’s contingency agreements.
Call Zanes Law for More Information About Your Right to Slip and Fall Civil Action Today
A slip and fall accident can put you out of commission for a considerable amount of time. While you need to focus on your recovery, you don’t want your statute of limitations to pass you by, either. You can work with slip and fall accident lawyers in Phoenix, AZ, to make the most of this time without compromising your need for rest and rejuvenation.
Zanes Law offers free civil case consultations to clients in need. You can discuss our contingency practices as well as our personal injury experience during an initial consultation with our team. You can contact us through our website or by calling our office to schedule a time to discuss your case.
Phoenix Slip And Fall Lawyers
Businesses who invite others onto their premises owe a high duty of care to their customers. In fact, when compared with social guests, businesses owe customers an even higher duty of care, and this is true in stores, restaurants, and other businesses around the Phoenix area. These can include:
- Chase Field
- State Farm Stadium
- Desert Botanical Garden
- Phoenix Zoo
- Establishments on Roosevelt Row or Heritage Square
- Phoenix Art Museum
As Phoenix slip and fall lawyers, we know that a business that is open to the public must keep its premises safe for the benefit of all its visitors. This means that everyone who works at the business must keep the floors clean. They must also make sure that no hazards exist and must address any other condition that could be unsafe for premises visitors. It is when a business fails to do this that someone gets hurt. It is when someone gets hurt that they need a personal injury attorney.
That is when our Phoenix slip and fall lawyers step in to help. Our injury lawyers are conveniently located in our rental Phoenix office and are ready to assist you with handling every aspect of your personal injury case from the beginning of the case to the very end.
Zanes Law offers free consultations with a personal injury attorney. We speak with anyone who suffered injuries when they slipped and fell. We explain to injury victims what their rights are. A personal injury attorney at Zanes Law reviews all options that are available to you. There is no up-front cost because we only get paid if we win your case. So call our slip and fall attorneys in Phoenix right now at 602-999-9999.
How a Zanes Law Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You
Don’t fight with the negligent party’s legal team alone. When you suffer harm in an accident, our Phoenix slip and fall lawyers are only a phone call away. These cases are complicated, and insurance companies will always attempt to take advantage of a victim.
If you pursue a personal injury claim against a property owner’s insurance company, you can be sure that the insurance company will do everything possible to deny you the monetary compensation that you deserve. This is because insurance companies do not make money by paying out slip and fall injury claims and settlements. Rather, they lose money in this way. As a result, the property owner’s insurance company will do its best to limit the payout that you deserve and keep as much money in its own coffers as possible.
In some instances, the insurance company might cut the amounts of your medical bills or lost wages, alleging that certain injuries or treatments are unrelated to your accident. At other times, the insurance company might contend that you did not suffer a permanent injury in the slip and fall accident or that missing time from work was not necessary.
Since dealing with the property owner’s insurance company on your own is often an uphill battle, having an experienced Phoenix slip and fall attorney by your side negotiating for you throughout your case can make all the difference in the world.
The Phoenix slip and fall lawyers at Zanes Law know how to fight and how to win. Each Zanes Law personal injury attorney fights for our clients. Collectively, our lawyers have recovered over $140,000,000 in compensation for our injured clients.
In some instances, our attorneys can reach a favorable settlement with the property owner’s insurance company. At other times, after consulting with you, we might take your case to a jury trial or arbitration proceeding. In any case, you can rest assured that our legal team will fight for your right to recover the monetary compensation that you need for your slip and fall injuries.
- Doug Zanes and his team of Phoenix slip and fall lawyers care about our clients. We focus on you and your family, and we understand that you need to be made whole after being hurt.
- Our attorneys are experienced Phoenix slip and fall lawyers. We win big for many injured clients.
- If your case requires litigation, we fight tirelessly to recover as much as possible for you.
- Each Zanes Law personal injury attorney is only paid if we win your case!
Choose Experienced Phoenix Slip and Fall Lawyers
Most of our clients do not realize how challenging it is to win slip and fall cases. To be successful, a personal injury attorney must prove three things:
- That the business owner or property owner either knew or should have known about the dangerous condition
- That they failed to fix the dangerous condition or warn the public about the dangerous condition
- That the dangerous condition caused you injury
Some insurance companies will even try to demonstrate that your injuries in your slip and fall accident were not serious and/or that your injuries were the result of some preexisting injury, medical condition, or degenerative finding.
Our slip and fall attorneys in Phoenix know that the law in Arizona favors the property owner. This can make bringing a claim very challenging for someone who suffered injuries. Furthermore, when someone slips and falls, they have severe injuries.
When a person suffers an injury in a slip and fall accident, the accident victim might need to visit the emergency room or urgent care center, primary care doctor, and/or a medical specialist (such as an orthopedist). The accident victim might also need to spend a significant amount of money out of pocket and stay at home while recovering from his or her injuries in the long term. These medical bills can mount up quickly.
Our Phoenix slip and fall lawyers typically see insurance companies that do not want to pay out what is necessary to make the injured party whole again. Because of this, you need an experienced personal injury attorney like those at Zanes Law. We will investigate your claim and force the at-fault party to compensate you fairly.
During your personal injury case, our legal team could hire an expert to investigate the circumstances of your accident. If your case goes forward, we could also hire a medical expert to causally relate your injuries to the slip and fall accident in which you sustained them.
Slip and Fall Injuries Can Be Severe
Although many people fall and jump right back up, slip and falls can cause serious injuries. Sure, we’ve all fallen down and simply been startled. But we were the lucky ones. Maybe we were a little embarrassed and a little sore the next day, but we just moved on without a problem. What about the person who breaks a bone or suffers a severe head injury? That person must call a Zanes Law personal injury attorney who handles slip and fall cases.
When you think about it logically, a person who falls has very little control over how they land and what hits the ground. As you begin to tumble over, you don’t have much time to react and to protect yourself. Even worse, sometimes, when you put out an arm to break your fall, you break that arm!
It is these serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. In addition, each Zanes Law personal injury attorney knows that slip and fall accidents are the third leading cause of accidental death. The serious injuries that may result from slips and falls include:
In short, a traumatic brain injury is a head injury. Many people refer to forms of this injury as a concussion or as a “TBI.” You end up with a TBI when you either hit your head on something or the force of the fall jolts your head hard enough to injure your brain. The force of the impact can cause your brain to actually move around and strike the side of your skull, bruising it. Moreover, the impact could sever the brain’s neurons and axons, which serve as its ‘internal hardware’ and ‘wiring system.’
When this happens, and a person suffers a traumatic head injury, the head injury can range from mild to severe, but all head injuries can create both cognitive problems and memory problems for the injured victim. Even a “mild” concussion requires medical care and can have long-lasting effects, and more severe head injuries sometimes require extended medical treatment to address ongoing physical issues, behavioral problems, and cognitive deficiencies. These effects can all be costly, so if you suffered a TBI in an accident, call a slip and fall lawyer at Zanes Law.
It is easy to understand how a person can break a bone when they slip and fall. Depending on how the accident victim falls, he or she could break an arm, leg, ankle, hip, or some other body part in a slip and fall. Our slip and fall lawyers in Phoenix see this daily.
In fact, many bone breaks require surgery and long-term rehabilitation. They can be serious injuries requiring expensive medical care. In addition to this, many people cannot work after breaking a bone and having surgery because of the pain and other limitations caused by the injury.
Even after a surgical procedure on the broken bone, the accident victim might need to undergo physical therapy for him or her to function again and perform daily activities. The accident victim might also need to undergo a second surgery so that doctors can remove internal hardware, including bolts and screws, from the bone. Finally, many injured victims never completely recover from their surgical repair and have long-lasting deficiencies and, sometimes, disabilities.
Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft-tissue injury is when you injure muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It is easy to understand how one can receive soft tissue injuries in a slip and fall accident. When you fall, you often twist and stretch body parts in ways that they should not move. This often causes strains, sprains, and muscle tears. Two examples of soft tissue injuries are torn ligaments in a knee or a torn bicep tendon, both of which require surgery to fix.
Soft tissue injuries can be just as significant and severe as broken bones and other serious injuries. In addition, a serious soft tissue injury could be permanent and may result in complications for the rest of a slip and fall accident victim’s lifetime. Because of this, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney at Zanes Law after a fall. Our skilled legal team might refer you for a permanency evaluation so that a healthcare provider can determine whether or not you suffered a permanent soft tissue injury in your Phoenix slip and fall accident.
Many times, when a person is involved in a slip and fall accident, the accident victim will injure his neck and back by twisting them in awkward ways. This torque can injure a person’s disks and can injure the soft tissues that support the neck and back.
For example, the accident victim might suffer a disc bulge to his or her cervical (neck), thoracic (mid), or lumbar (lower) spine. These injuries both can cause serious pain and can certainly limit a person’s mobility and ability to take part in various activities—including daily living activities like washing and dressing. These soft tissue injuries can also lead to headaches, numbness in the extremities, shooting pain in the extremities, sleeping problems, and other issues. It is all of these problems that can limit your ability to work and do the day-to-day activities that you either must do or enjoy doing.
Our Phoenix slip and fall lawyers will make sure that you receive compensation for these damages. If the property owner’s insurance company refuses to offer you adequate compensation for your injuries, our legal team could threaten a lawsuit and litigate the case in the state court system.
A spinal cord injury is the most serious type of neck or back injury. A spinal cord injury can range from a severed spine caused by the fall to a bulging or herniated disk. Although these two injuries are on opposite ends of the severity scale, both could require surgery, hospitalization, and months to years of rehabilitation.
If a slip and fall accident results in the severing of one or more nerves, the accident victim could suffer a full or partial paralysis injury. When an accident victim suffers a paralysis injury, he or she will have little or no feeling in the affected body part(s). Moreover, the accident victim might have a limited ability to move the affected body part—or be unable to move the affected body part(s) at all.
For example, an accident victim who severs nerves in the lower part of the spinal column in a serious slip and fall accident might still have movement in his or her hands and arms. However, the accident victim might experience paralysis in the legs and feet, and there may be no feeling in those body parts or the ability to move them.
Discussed above are just some of the injuries that can result from an unexpected slip and fall, but they can all change a person’s life forever. Because of this, the Zanes Law Phoenix slip and fall lawyers are here to help. We know that any of these injuries can result in overwhelming losses, including:
- Medical bills—both for treatments received and for future medical needs (such as the cost of future surgery or injections in the affected area)
- Lost wages and lost future earnings (including loss of earning capacity from having to switch jobs or careers as a result of injuries that the accident victim suffered)
- Pain and suffering (including all of the physical symptoms and inconvenience that the accident victim had to endure as a result of suffering injuries in the slip and fall accident)
- Emotional role created by the injuries
- Having to deal with any permanent impairments or disabilities
Since these losses can be significant, you need an experienced personal injury attorney who is willing to fight for you. The Phoenix slip and fall lawyers at Zanes Law understand how to fight for maximum compensation for every one of their clients. We may also retain an expert to establish that you suffered a permanent or disabling injury in your slip and fall accident, ensuring that you receive the full amount of compensation that you need and deserve for the permanent injury which you sustained.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls
In slip and fall accident cases—as in all personal injury cases—the accident victim has the legal burden of proof. This may sound confusing since it was the injured person who was the accident victim. However, the accident victim’s need to prove both fault and damages in the case is, unfortunately, the way that the legal system works.
To be paid for your slip and fall injuries, you will be required to show that the property owner was negligent and that this negligence led to your injury. In a slip and fall accident, we usually see negligence when the situation meets the below criteria:
- There is a business or property owner who has a responsibility to keep his premises safe for customers or visitors; and
- The business owner or property owner fails to keep their property safe; and
- It is this failure that led to your slip and fall; and
- You were injured when you fell.
A property owner can be responsible for your slip and fall under many different scenarios, but most of the time, it is when they allow a hazard to exist that the owner could have fixed. Many slip and falls happen due to an owner’s failure to repair or remediate:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Walkway obstacles
- Carpet or flooring
- Ramps or stairs
- Failure to warn customers or visitors of hazards that can’t be quickly fixed (such as by setting up an orange cone or warning placard over the affected area)
A property owner can be responsible in a slip and fall case either because he knows about the dangerous condition or because he should have known about the dangerous condition and then either failed to remedy it or warn the customers about it.
Much of the time, an owner will claim they could not have known about the hazard when they should have known about and fixed it. For example, in a slip and fall accident that took place in a grocery store, the store owner might contend that employees did not have sufficient time to become aware of the floor defect—or to warn about/correct the defect—before the time when the slip and fall accident happened on the premises.
The Phoenix slip and fall lawyers at Zanes Law know how to prove liability in even the most contested cases. We make it our priority to prove all of the required legal elements of your slip and fall case and pursue the full value of monetary compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Steps to Take After Your Slip and Fall Accident
There are steps that you must take after a slip and fall accident to have the best chance to win your injury claim. First, go to the emergency room or local urgent care center if you have signs of injuries. This is your main priority. If you do not need to be rushed to the hospital, you should take photos of the dangerous condition that caused your fall. Then file an incident report with the business. This report documents what happened and what your injuries are.
Finally, call the Phoenix slip and fall lawyers at Zanes Law so that we can answer your questions and explain to you your options. Our legal team can begin working on and investigating the facts and circumstances of your case while you are still recuperating and recovering from your injuries and obtaining medical treatment for them.
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Did you sustain a slip and fall injury in Phoenix or any of the other cities in the Phoenix metro area? If so, call the Phoenix slip and fall lawyers at Zanes Law. Each Zanes Law personal injury attorney is experienced and knows exactly how to handle these complex cases.
Proving the liability and damage elements of a Phoenix slip and fall accident claim is often an uphill battle. Many accident victims are unsure of the steps that they should take in their case and where they should turn for assistance. After seeking initial medical treatment for their slip and fall accident injuries, one of the most important steps that an accident victim can take is to speak with a knowledgeable Phoenix slip and fall injury lawyer.
An experienced attorney will investigate the accident and determine if the accident victim has a viable case. If so, a skilled attorney can begin the process of filing a legal claim on the accident victim’s behalf and pursuing the compensation that he or she deserves.
The members of our legal team are just as comfortable at the negotiating table as they are at the trial table. When you put your case in our hands, you can rest assured that we will give it the thorough, careful, and result-oriented attention that it deserves. Don’t let the insurance company undermine you or your case!
After your slip and fall accident, we will give you a free consultation, and we can explain to you all of your options. Call us today at (602) 999-9999. We only charge a fee if we win your case.
The following FAQ section attempts to answer some of the most common questions that slip and fall accident victims have after they suffer injuries in their accident. A knowledgeable Phoenix slip and fall accident lawyer can provide further clarification and answer any other questions you might have about pursuing a personal injury claim or lawsuit for damages.