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Sidewalk Accident

Phoenix Sidewalk Accident Attorney

Slip, trip and fall from a sidewalk accident. We have attorneys representing injury victims throughout Arizona, including Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Glendale and Chandler.  

Sidewalk accidents may occur on walkways on privately owned properties, in which case the owner of the property is responsible for maintaining them in a safe condition, or on public sidewalks.  If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury that was caused by a slip and fall accident on a sidewalk, contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ sidewalk accident lawyer for a free legal consultation.


If a person slips, trips, or falls on a public sidewalk because of an unsafe condition, who is responsible? Although most sidewalks are constructed by municipalities, in many cases the owner of the property adjoining the sidewalk may bear some of the responsibility. The reason is that many dangerous conditions that can cause sidewalk falls originate on the property that borders it. When owners allow roots of trees on their property to grow under the sidewalk pavement, they can cause it to lift or crack. In that case, it is the property owner who is responsible for fixing the problem before someone is hurt. Property owners often create slippery sidewalk conditions that can cause falls by allowing their watering systems to spray water on the walkway.

In some circumstances, the responsibility is shared by the municipality and the property owner.

The joint responsibility for maintaining public sidewalks in safe condition and posting warnings of unsafe conditions can create an uncertainty as to whom to sue when you’ve been injured and make a claim to recover damages. For this reason, it is crucial to have experienced Phoenix, AZ sidewalk accident lawyers on your side, who can deploy a team of investigators and researchers to determine the cause of your accident, which parties were responsible or the maintenance of the property, which safety protocols were violated, and which legal precedents will best re-enforce your claim.


The owner of the property or the owner’s insurance company will try to avoid paying on a claim for damages in any accident.  It is very important for you to contact a Phoenix, AZ slip and fall accident lawyer who has extensive successful experience handling all types of sidewalk accident cases.


  • The victim was not using reasonable care to avoid an open and obvious hazard.
  • The defect in the sidewalk was so minimal that it would not have caused an ordinary person to fall.
  • The injuries claimed could not have been caused by the type of fall the victim described.
  •  The condition pre-existed the fall and was not caused by it.

Sidewalk accidents pose challenges and complications that make it essential to hire a premises liability attorney in Phoenix, AZ with specific experience in this type of litigation. Your personal injury attorney in Phoenix will need to take photos of the scene, identify property owners, gather witness statements, and obtain medical records and employment records to document the extent of your injuries and losses.


Sidewalk falls can cause serious injuries and sometimes even wrongful death.



If you or someone you care about has been injured in a sidewalk accident, contact the Phoenix, AZ sidewalk accident attorney at Wattel & York for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case. We help the injured to get a fair shake when facing the large insurance companies, corporate owners, or government entities who want to avoid their responsibility to compensate you for your losses from your accident.

Our Arizona injury lawyers at Wattel & York are proud to be the voice of justice for the individual. Remember, it costs you nothing to hire us to represent you, and you pay nothing unless we win you a monetary settlement or jury award if the case goes to trial. We serve East Valley, West Valley, Tucson, Phoenix, Yuma, Chandler and throughout Arizona.

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