Phoenix premises liability attorneys serving the greater Tempe, Phoenix, and Tucson areas.
Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a safe condition, free from dangerous conditions. When they fail to take reasonable safeguards to minimize potential hazards, Arizona premises liability lawyers take these negligent property owners to task. Thousands of people are seriously injured in preventable premises accident injuries each year.
Wattel & York are standing by to investigate the circumstances of your recent injury to determine if someone was at fault. Property owners may be found liable for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other related expenses.
Injuries can result from hazardous situations in a variety of settings:
- Office buildings
- Apartment buildings
- Parking facilities
- Swimming pools
- Storage facilities
Conditions that frequently cause preventable injuries include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Broken or uneven pavement
- Ripped carpeting
- Defective electrical wiring
- Unsafe stairs and escalators
- Unsafe playground equipment
- Poor construction or shoddy craftsmanship
- Building code violations
- Negligent security allowing people to become crime victims
Common types of premises accident injuries
- Broken bones
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Electric shocks and burns
- Internal injuries like organ perforations
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
If you or a member of your family has been seriously hurt on someone else’s property, contact Wattel and York to see whether other factors outside your control may have contributed to the accident.
Filing a premises liability lawsuit in Phoenix
Here at Wattel and York, we sympathize with the conflicting feelings you may have about filing a lawsuit against a property owner for your injuries. You may feel partly responsible for what happened, but be aware that you may still receive compensation EVEN IF YOU WERE PARTIALLY AT FAULT.
Sometimes even the staunchest opponents of litigation are caught in the crossfire. For instance:
At the time of his slip and fall accident, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio admitted that he blamed himself for his fall on a storm grate in Renaissance Square downtown. Shortly thereafter, he changed his mind and decided to sue property owner Hines GS Properties for the improper installation of the grate that caused the fall. The sheriff, who has been an outspoken critic of premises liability lawsuits, says he plans to give any settlement money won back to the insurance company.
There is no shame in asking that negligent parties be held accountable so that you can have a little breathing room from your medical bills – and so future accidents do not happen to others.
To recover compensation, you will need to prove these four elements:
- Liability: Legal counsel must prove that an unsafe condition existed, and that the owner knew about the situation, but did nothing to prevent harm.
- Causation: Your attorney must also prove that the unsafe condition was the actual cause of the injury.
- Losses: Your lawyer must demonstrate proof of loss for the plaintiff, such as medical expenses, lost earnings, and make a strong case for intangible damages, such as pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life due to disfigurement or disability.
- Ability To Pay: Your attorney must prove that the property owner is adequately insured and able to pay the damages.
Is it possible to settle without a Phoenix attorney?
While it’s possible to settle directly with a property owner, it’s not advisable for a number of reasons. For starters, property owners almost always become defensive and try to blame you for the accident. The few owners who do offer settlement cash to “keep quiet” rarely pay a sufficient amount that covers all your losses.
Going up against a large corporation or insurance company can be daunting. They come to the table armed with high-powered attorneys, public trust, and seemingly limitless resources on their side. When it’s your word against theirs, who are the courts more likely to believe? Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against the individual – unless he or she seeks assistance in building a more substantial case.
Wattel and York offers skilled attorneys with more than 45 years of combined experience in fighting for plaintiff rights. We understand the legal elements that must be proved in court, as we previously discussed. More importantly, we have the legal resources and the means to investigate the facts. We work with a full team of legal investigators, insurance agents, and property inspectors who can testify on your behalf. Why go at it alone when it costs you nothing to assemble a winning team that is passionate about seeking a fair outcome for your case?
Phoenix, Arizona premises liability lawyers
Call Phoenix, Arizona, premises liability attorneys at Wattel and York to receive the best possible representation for your injury. We offer free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluations. We are committed to justice, never back down from a fight with the insurance companies, and will pursue your case in court if that is what it takes. You pay nothing to hire us, and nothing unless we win compensation on your behalf.