Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises in a safe condition and a duty to keep them free of hazards that might cause injury to people who are legally on the property. When owners allow dangerous conditions to exist, they can be held accountable for injuries caused by those conditions.
Injuries can result from a variety of hazardous situations in just about any place that owners open their premises to the public:
- Office buildings
- Apartment buildings
- Parking facilities
- Swimming pools
- Storage facilities
Conditions that frequently cause premises accident injuries include
- Wet or slippery floors
- Broken or uneven pavement
- Ripped carpeting
- Unsafe stairs and escalators
- Unsafe playground equipment
- Negligent security allowing people to become crime victims
If you or a member of your family has been injured on someone else’s property as a result of an unsafe condition that the owner knew about or should have known about, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your losses, including medical bills, lost earnings,. However, these cases are sometimes difficult to prove without the services of an experienced self
To recover compensation for injuries suffered in a premises liability case, you will need to prove these four elements:
- Liability, meaning that an unsafe condition existed and the owner caused or allowed the condition, and knew or should have known that if could potentially cause harm.
- Causation, meaning the unsafe condition was the actual cause of the injury.
- Damages, or actual losses, such as medical expenses and lost earnings, or intangible damages, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability, and diminished quality of life.
- Ability of the responsible party to pay, i.e. an owner covered by an insurance policy or adequately self-insured.
Is it possible to settle without a lawyer?
If you’ve been injured in a premises accident, the owner or insurance company will usually try to blame you for your accident. They may offer a small amount in settlement, but will rarely accept the responsibility or offer an amount that will be sufficient to cover all of your losses.
The individual is at a disadvantage when dealing with insurance companies and large corporations. For a fair and equitable outcome, you will need a Phoenix premises liability attorney who understands the legal elements that must be proved, and who has the passion and commitment to fight for your rights.
Do yourself a favor: Call Phoenix, Arizona, premises liability attorneys Wattel and York to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation. We are committed to justice, never back down from a fight with the insurance companies, and will fight your case out in court if that is what is required. You pay nothing to hire us, and nothing ever unless we win.