Any Phoenix business that is open to the public has a duty to make sure that it keeps its facility reasonably safe. This means that owners and employees must promptly clean up spills in that business and promptly address any other hazardous conditions. Unfortunately, these businesses do not always take reasonable care—and you may have suffered a slip and fall accident as a result.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have questions about “what to do next,” and you may not even know where to start. Please know that we offer a FREE consultation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call us right now at 602-999-9999. There is NO cost to get a free consultation right now. If you decide to hire us, you pay us nothing up front, and you will pay absolutely nothing at all unless and until we’ve won your case.
Because slip and fall cases are complex and businesses often employ expensive legal teams to get out of paying victims. But the Phoenix slip and fall lawyers at Zanes Law know how to fight and how to win. Our attorneys we have decades of combined experience winning these types of cases and ensuring that slip and fall accident victims get what they deserve.
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• With decades of combined experience representing victims of slip and fall accidents, we will work tirelessly to recover as much as possible on your claim.
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Slip and fall cases are notoriously difficult to pursue. To win a slip and fall case in Arizona, you must prove three basic things:
• That the party responsible for the premises knew or should have known about the dangerous condition
• That the responsible party failed to fix or warn about the dangerous condition
• That the dangerous condition caused the injury
Unfortunately, the law in Arizona tends to lean on the side of the business, rather than the side of the injured party. Furthermore, slips and falls typically result in specific physical injuries that may differ from your typical personal injury case. For this reason, you need an experienced slip and fall lawyer like the attorneys at Zanes Law to help you navigate the obstacles of your claim and pursue your legal rights.
Slip and falls are often assumed to be minor accidents—after all, almost everyone has fallen down at some point. Many times, slip and fall accidents will simply startle people. Physically, they may suffer little more than some soreness and may get up and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, this is not the case in all slip and fall accidents, because this type of accident can cause surprisingly severe injuries.
A person who slips can fall directly forward, backward, or to one side or the other. No matter which way you fall, you rarely have much time to react and catch yourself. And trying to catch yourself can actually result in additional injuries—such as a broken hand or wrist—from the impact with the floor. Because most slip and fall victims have very little control over how—or where—they land, they can suffer a serious blow when they hit the floor or another nearby object.
Many slip and fall injuries require immediate medical attention and may require extensive and costly treatments. Furthermore, slip and fall accidents are the third leading cause of accidental fatal injuries in the United States. Serious injuries that may result from slips and falls include:
A traumatic brain injury—commonly referred to as a TBI—can occur any time a person hits or suddenly jolted the head. The damage to the brain tissue can range from mild to severe, though any category of a TBI can have serious effects on a victim. Concussions are a form of a mild TBI, and even a concussion requires medical treatment to prevent any complications or lasting effects. More severe brain injuries can cause ongoing cognitive, physical, and behavioral impairments that can last for months or years and require extensive rehabilitation.
Many people have broken a bone, and often bones are resilient and completely given time. However, certain types of fractures can cause substantially more serious problems. For example, compound or open fractures often require emergency surgery—and victims may need several surgeries, may not be able to use the damaged body parts for months, and may never fully regain normal use of those body parts. In addition, older adults who slip and fall are at a particularly high risk of breaking a hip, which is a dangerous injury for seniors that often requires surgery.
Bones are far from the only body parts that a fall can injure. Falls can seriously damage soft tissue—including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Awkward falls can often twist or stretch certain body parts in abnormal and forceful ways. This can result in serious soft tissue sprains, strains, or tears. These painful injuries often require periods of physical therapy and limit a person’s ability to move as usual and complete regular activities at home or work.
Your neck and back work hard to support the upper half of your body every time you move. An injury to part of your neck or back can cause serious pain with almost any movement and can, therefore, restrict your movements. Neck and back injuries can also have unexpected effects, including headaches, sleep problems, numb or tingling extremities, and more. In addition, these injuries can keep you from working, holding your kids, carrying or lifting items, or even from caring for yourself.
While an injury to any part of your neck or back can hurt, the most serious type of injury in this part of the body is often to the spinal cord. Your spinal cord is vital to the functioning of most of your body, and any injury to the spinal cord can damage functioning below the injured point. Spinal cord injuries can vary in severity, though doctors should immediately evaluate, stabilize, and monitor any damage to the spine. These injuries often require long periods of hospitalization and extensive rehabilitative therapies. Some spinal cord injury victims are left permanently paralyzed.
The above are just some of the many injuries that slip and fall victims can sustain—and that can immediately change their lives forever. Any of these injuries can result in overwhelming losses, including:
• Medical bills for treatments already received
• The estimated costs for future or ongoing treatments—perhaps for the rest of someone’s life
• Lost wages if the injuries kept someone from working
• Lost future earnings power if the injury prevented someone from returning to a previous job, forcing someone to take a lower-paying position, or completely destroyed someone’s ability to work
• Physical pain and suffering caused by the injury
• Emotional trauma from the injury or from the accident itself
• Permanent effects of an injury, including impairments, disfigurement, or disabilities
Of course, losses can differ significantly from one case to another depending on the nature and severity of the injuries. You need an attorney on your side to carefully account for your many losses. Texas slip and fall accident lawyer Stewart Guss understands how to fight for maximum compensation for every single one of his clients and will stand up for your rights as a slip and fall victim.
To seek compensation for your slip and fall injuries and losses, you must demonstrate that another party’s negligence caused your accident and injury. Negligence occurs when a party breaches a duty of care and that breach causes an injury. In slip and fall cases, negligence often involves:
• A property owner or business occupying a certain property that has a duty of care to keep the premises safe for visitors and customers
• A property owner or business that fails to keep the property in safe condition, thereby breaching the duty
• A breach of that duty of care, which leads to your slip and fall injuries
• The damages you incurred as a result of your accident and injuries.
A property owner or business can breach the duty of care in many different ways, which can then result in a slip and fall. Most often, this involves allowing a hazard to exist on the premises that the owner or occupant should have discovered through prudent inspection or discovered and did not rectify. Some conditions that lead to slips and falls:
• Wet or slippery floors due to spills or cleaning
• Obstacles jutting out into walkways or in the middle of the floor
• Wires or cords that are not secured to the walls
• Carpet or flooring that is overly worn out and slippery
• Slick ramps or stairs
• Failure to warn customers or visitors of known hazards that owners or occupants cannot immediately fix
In a slip and fall case, a property or business owner or manager must have known about the hazard or should have known about the hazard if they had properly inspected the premises. If something had fallen 10 seconds before you fell and the owner had no time to remove the hazard or warn you about the hazard, you generally cannot hold the owner liable for the accident.
Too often, owners try to claim they could not have known about the hazard when, in reality, they should have known about and fixed it. The attorneys at Zanes Law know how to prove liability in even the most contested cases.
If you are visiting a business or a property and you slip and fall, you can help protect your rights to compensation for your losses. First, if you need emergency treatment, that should be your number one priority. If you can stay at the scene for a few minutes before heading to the emergency room, take pictures of the hazard that caused your fall with your phone if possible.
Report what happened to management so they can file an incident report regarding what happened. Finally, call an experienced personal injury law firm as soon as possible after your fall to begin discussing your legal rights and options.
Did you sustain a slip and fall injury in Phoenix or any of the other cities in the Phoenix metro area? If so, call Zanes Law because we have the knowledge, skills, and experience to seek recoveries even in the most difficult cases.
If you were in a slip and fall accident we will give you a free consultation and we explain to you all of your options. Do not sign anything until you speak with us because you risk losing some or all of the compensation that is due to you. To schedule a free case evaluation, call us today at 602-999-9999. Remember—you pay us nothing up front when we take your case, and you pay us nothing unless and until we’ve won your recovery.
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