If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may feel anxiety regarding the financial, physical, and emotional strain. If the slip and fall was due to someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries from the negligent property owner.
Personal injury law regarding property owner responsibility can be complex and challenging. Contact a slip and fall accident lawyer in Yuma, AZ, with Zanes Law at 866-499-8989 or online today for a free consultation regarding your case.
PROVING A SLIP AND FALL CASE IN ARIZONA
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every five falls results in a severe injury, and falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). If you were injured due to a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.
To receive compensation and win your claim, though, we will need to be able to prove your personal injury case by demonstrating:
- A hazard or dangerous condition was present on the property
- The property owner knew or should have known, that the hazard or dangerous condition existed on his property
- The property owner had enough time to either correct the dangerous condition or set up a warning to guests, patrons, customers, or visitors regarding the hazard but did not do so
- The hazard or dangerous condition directly caused your personal injuries
There is no exact definition regarding what is considered a hazard or a dangerous condition. However, any unsafe area that causes a visitor or customer to slip and fall could possibly be considered a dangerous condition. Call Zanes Law at 866-499-8989. A slip and fall accident lawyer in Yuma, AZ, can help you determine if your case is eligible to receive compensation for your injuries due to a property owner’s negligence.
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COMMON SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS
Dangerous conditions can occur anywhere, but there are some commonalities to slip and fall accidents that we have seen in personal injury cases. Common places for injuries to occur on someone else’s property due to their negligence include:
- Department stores, on uneven pavements
- Slippery sidewalks
- Grocery stores
- Parking lots
- Apartment buildings
- Car dealerships
This list is not complete. Truly, any space where someone is a visitor and is not properly maintained can be the location of a slip and fall injury.
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ACTUAL VS. CONSTRUCTIVE KNOWLEDGE
A crucial component to determine negligence is whether the property owner really knew that there was a hazardous condition. Making this determination requires an investigation. Even if the property owner did not actually know that there was a dangerous condition, they may still be held liable because they should have known of the hazardous condition.
Actual knowledge is when a property owner admits that they knew of the dangerous condition. Constructive knowledge is when a property owner should have reasonably known that there was a dangerous condition. An example is if someone tells the property owner about a dangerous hazard such as a slippery sidewalk, then even if the property owner does not see it themselves, they have constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition on their property. They are responsible for any injuries that occur.
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TYPES OF VISITORS
There are three different types of visitors to a property, and they all have different measures of responsibility owed to them by the property owner:
- Invitee: a business invitee is someone who enters the property through some sort of invitation. Business owners may invite people into their business establishment, and these guests are called business invitees. A property owner has a duty of reasonable care to keep their property reasonably safe for any invitee.
- Licensee: a licensee is typically a social guest that enters a homeowner’s or apartment owner’s property with permission. In these cases, a property owner must warn a licensee of any dangerous condition that creates an unsafe or unreasonable risk of harm. A property owner must do this if they know, or should have known, of this condition, and also the licensee is not likely to discover it on their own.
- Trespasser: a trespasser is an illegal visitor on someone’s property and has entered without the property owner’s permission. A trespasser is owed absolutely no duty of care from a property owner unless the trespasser is a child. There is a legal doctrine called the “nuisance doctrine,” which would apply in these cases and requires a property owner to attempt to avoid or limit the risk of harm to children by any artificial conditions created on the property owner’s land.
Some property owners may argue that you were partially to blame under a doctrine of contributory negligence. We can help you investigate these allegations and help build your case for your personal injury.
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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
According to the statute of limitations the state of Arizona (12-542), you have two years from the date of your injury due to a slip and fall accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If there is a death involved, you would have two years from the date of the death to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of Arizona.
CONTACT A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT LAWYER IN YUMA, AZ
The personal injury attorneys in Yuma, AZ, at Zanes Law will help you understand your legal rights as a victim of a property owner’s negligence and work with you to build a strong case. We can negotiate with insurance companies if necessary, investigate and determine negligence, and help you receive compensation for your personal injury.
Call us today at 866-499-8989. Your initial consultation and sign-up can all be done in one phone call. If necessary, we can meet with you at your home or hospital room, whichever is convenient for you.
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