Many possible conditions in occupied and unoccupied buildings can pose dangers to people who are on the premises. It is the duty and responsibility of a building owner to maintain the premises in a safe condition, or in the case of an abandoned building to tape off the site and post signs warning the public that it is unsafe to enter and that there is a danger of hazardous building accidents occurring.
Among the many conditions that constitute a hazard are
- Exposed wires
- Broken staircases
- Broken handrails
- Weak or damaged flooring
- Ripped or uneven carpet
- Falling objects or debris
- Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
- Structural defects
Hazardous building accidents often cause serious injuries
If these or other hazardous conditions exist and the owner allows them to continue, and then someone is injured as a result, that person may have a claim to receive compensation for their damages and to hold the owner liable for their injuries. Injuries from hazard building situations may be extremely serious, and include broken bones, traumatic head injuries, spinal cord injuries, herniated discs, scarring and disfigurement, and loss of quality of life, or wrongful death.
Premises liability cases require experienced counsel
Premises liability cases involving hazardous buildings can be complex, and sometimes overlap with other areas of the law, such as construction liability and/or product liability. When a person falls victim to a hazardous building accident, in most cases it is necessary to engage the services of an experienced premises liability attorney who has the resources to move in quickly to investigate the cause or causes of the accident and document the victim’s damages. Your premises liability attorney, in addition to documenting current losses and expenses from the accident, will also project those that are likely in the future.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a hazardous building because of the owner’s negligence or the negligence of the owner’s employees or agents, you need experienced legal representation. Insurance companies aggressively oppose most of these claims, and present formidable obstacles to the inexperienced.
Phoenix premises accident attorneys fight for the individual
The hazardous building attorneys at Wattel and York in Phoenix, Arizona, have the experience and expertise you need to have on your side if you are to prevail in a Phoenix premises liability case. We are committed to justice and the fight for the rights of the individual, and we will fight for you. We are not afraid to face up to the insurance giants, and we will take your battle all the way to the courtroom if that’s what it takes.
Call today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation. It costs you nothing to hire us, and you pay nothing unless we win money for you.