A slip and fall injury is a common occurrence with thousands of claims made each year. Many victims suffer serious, life-altering injuries that can even result in wrongful death. Unlit stairwells, wet floors, and construction site defects can often have catastrophic results. You should know what to do in the event of a slip and fall accident. Consult an Arizona slip and fall lawyer to determine whether you are owed damages for the negligence of a property or business owner.
Our slip and fall personal injury attorneys can help you understand the law. There are many factors to consider, such as previous complaints about an existing hazard, determining negligence of a business or property owner, and determining negligence, if any, of the individual injured. These are only a few of the factors that a personal injury firm will analyze when investigating your case.
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There are several types of slip and fall accidents including slippery surface falls, stairway accidents, fall from a terrace or balcony, parking ramp falls, sidewalk falls and bathtub and shower falls, to name a few.
A property owner has an obligation to keep their property in a safe condition for those invited onto the property. If it can be proven that a property owner was negligent and knew or should have known about the dangerous or defective condition that caused a slip and fall, you may be compensated for your injuries.
Every slip and fall accident is unique so, it is to your benefit to hire an experienced slip and fall lawyer.
What is Reasonable?
Did the property owner use their common sense? Was there something the property owner “should have known” was dangerous? Did the property owner use reasonable care to keep the property safe? A judge and jury will certainly take the answers to these questions into consideration.
If the property owner is careful in their efforts to keep the property safe and clean, they most likely have shown “reasonable” care. Here are some initial questions you can ask yourself to help determine if a property or business owner may be liable for your injuries:
If the answer to one or more of these questions was in your favor, you may have a claim for compensation. Please remember, however, you need to think about whether your actions contributed to your accident.
When possible, we recommend the following:
If you are unable to take photographs or obtain any statements, an attorney at the Ramirez Law Group will obtain as much information as possible. However, please keep in mind, obtaining information hours, days, weeks or even months after an accident scene has been cleaned up or your injuries have healed is much more difficult. Although your medical records will document your injuries, photographs and statements will prove valuable before a jury.
Who is Liable?
For a property owner to be held legally liable (or responsible) for your injuries, one of the following must be true:
Fall Down Stairs
Property owners have the responsibility to make sure all steps have the same rise and depth, with visible edges. Also, stairs must be kept free of debris or other obstacles, which could cause an accident.
A property owner is also responsible for making sure all stairwells are well lit, with sturdy handrails on both sides.
We all have a responsibility to be careful and watch where we are going, however, a property owner needs to show reasonable care.
Fall on Ice and Snow
For residents of northern and eastern Arizona, property owners have an obligation to make sure their property, including parking lots and sidewalks, are maintained and that all snow and ice is removed to avoid possible safety hazards.
Property owners are allowed a “reasonable” amount of time to remove the snow and ice. For example, if you fall on a snowy sidewalk in the middle of a snowstorm, the property owner may not be held liable since the storm was in progress.
If conditions on the property cause an unnatural build up of ice or snow, the property owner may be liable for your slip and fall accident. For example:
In addition, if a property owner provides snow or ice removal, they must stay on top of it and provide regular maintenance.