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Premises Liability

Premises Liability Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

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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.


Conditions that frequently cause preventable injuries include:


If you or a member of your family has been seriously hurt on someone else’s property, contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ premises liability attorney at Wattel and York to see whether other factors outside your control may have contributed to the accident.


Here at Wattel and York, our Phoenix, AZ premises liability lawyers 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: 

  1. Liability: Legal counsel must prove that an unsafe condition existed and that the owner knew about the situation, but did nothing to prevent harm.
  2. Causation: Your attorney must also prove that the unsafe condition was the actual cause of the injury.
  3. 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.
  4. Ability To Pay: Your attorney must prove that the property owner is adequately insured and able to pay the damages.


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 Phoenix injury attorneys with more than 60 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?


Call Arizona injury 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.

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“Amazing people, they had my claim for about a week before they were able to get my truck totaled out. Otherwise I would have been stuck with a truck that had heavy front end damage if they hadn’t stepped in to help me. I tried to deal with my insurance company myself for over a month and that got me nowhere, all I got was a massive headache and a messed up truck. They are very professional and act quickly on your claim. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for help.”

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“I was in an accident and decided to call Wattel and York. After months of going to a Chiropractor, I finally felt better. When it came time for settlement, the insurance company was making an offer I wanted to accept, Mr. Wattel advised against it and felt the insurance company was shortchanging me. He recommended I file a lawsuit and that will get them to cave. Well, Dave filed suit, and sure enough, the insurance company increased their offer by $4,000! I am very satisfied with how my case was handled.”

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“Wattel & York were flat out outstanding with my personal injury case. They made the process painless and kept in constant communication throughout the entire time. Any questions I might’ve had were promptly answered and detail oriented. They gave me crucial advice that I would’ve otherwise not been aware of. I couldn’t have asked for more from them. Put your trust in these guys, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks Wattel & York.”

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“Thank you so much for all your hard work on our behalf! Thinking I could handle it on my own, I was originally reluctant to take my accident claim to an attorney. But I am SO glad I called you instead. Your people were always helpful, pleasant and responsive at every step along the way. You represented us with honesty and integrity and made a traumatic experience as painless as it could be. And best of all, you helped us get a settlement that was fair and far more than I could ever have negotiated on my own! I highly recommend Wattel &York to anyone who has suffered a personal injury.”

Cathy M.

“I was the passenger in a vehicle that was 'T- Boned' at an intersection in 2014. The issues of responsibility and recovery became a difficult and convoluted confusion. I really needed help. This Team at Wattel and York walked me patiently and encouragingly through difficult months, sorting through issues and finally arriving at a satisfactory conclusion. I especially want to name two great and encouraging "warriors" of Wattel and York who directed me along the way..Brian Torba and Melissa Patterson..to them and the whole team I say "Thank You" with heart felt gratitude. Sincerely, God Bless You.”

Robert G.

“Honesty. Integrity. Transparency. Partnership. Wattel & York brought all of these qualities and more to my accident case. I'd love to thank all of the team members who helped me with the process: David Guzman, who conducted the initial interview in my home, Aly Shomar-Esparza, who seamlessly guided me through paperwork and filings, Debbie Harrach, who conducted final review, paperwork revisions and scheduling, and Thomas Grisoni, who counseled me before and attended my deposition. I never felt alone during the arduous process and always knew there was a professional team looking out for my best interest. I highly recommend Wattel & York if you are unfortunately involved in an accident that was not your fault.”

Russ W.

“I was a passenger in a car that got t-boned a few years ago and got a huge gash. I didn't know a lot about lawyers, so I basically just picked one on the flip of a coin. I called Wattel and York and they explained everything, I went into the office and filled out paperwork. Got treatment on my gash over the time I worked with them, glad I did as it opened back up a couple times and bled. They did really good, got me the maximum amount of money, and made sure I was well taken care of. I was updated from time to time so that was good. The only thing I might change is I never got to thank or talk to my lawyer. I think it was because I was already used to dealing with the lady at their Glendale office so they just kept her as my point of contact. So it's okay, I'll thank them with a good review. The last thing I could say about them is months after I thought my case was over they called me and said they had another check for me for a few hundred dollars. Apparently, they negotiated with the hospital I went to after the accident. It was a nice surprise and shows they really had my interests in mind.”

Trent B.

“Wattel & York has been great for me in the past few years. I was involved in a really bad accident while I was on Active Duty in Yuma, Arizona and they have been patient with me every step of the way through a very long process. I would recommend them to anyone thank you for all your help.”

Levy G.

“Appreciate David taking the time to speak with me. He was most kind. From the front line with the receptionist, to him, the firm was a class act all the way around.”

Claire B.

“Dave Wattel represented me and my son on a Personal Injury case from a motor vehicle accident back in 2009. Jake P. handled my deposition and Dave did the Quarterbacking. The insurance company hired NFL referee Ed Hochuli's firm to try and deny our claim. But Wattel & York made it look as easy as Tom Brady on the football field. The result was more than acceptable and my son and I were compensated for our injuries and rehabilitation. Dave Wattel cares about his clients. If I ever find myself in a situation like this again, Wattel & York will be on speed dial!!”

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