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Phoenix slip & fall lawyers representing injury victims throughout Arizona, including Tucson, Yuma, Glendale, Chandler, and surrounding areas.

Do you have questions about filing a slip and fall lawsuit in Arizona? At Wattel & York, our Phoenix premises liability attorneys are available to review your case at no charge and advise you on your legal options for pursuing recourse against any and all parties liable for your injuries or losses.


The phrase “slip and fall” describes a personal injury case in which a person slips, falls, and becomes injured as the result of a hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Conditions can exist or arise either outside or inside a building or other structure, posing a risk. Inside a building, conditions such as wet floors, torn carpeting, or narrow stairs can cause a person to slip and hurt him or herself.

Outside, someone may slip due to rain, ice, or snow. People who suffer slip and fall accidents that result in injury can be potentially eligible for damages whether the property is commercial, public, or residential. All property owners have some responsibility to ensure that an environment is safe.


  • Black ice and/or snow spots
  • Greasy or heavily waxed floor surfaces
  • Unsecured rugs, carpets or flooring materials
  • Raised, cracked or broken sidewalks
  • Poorly lit or inadequately maintained parking lots
  • Potholes
  • Impeded doorways
  • Malfunctioning escalators
  • Abrupt changes in elevation, such as ramps or steps
  • Loose electrical cables
  • Broken ladders

Slip and fall accidents are in the category of “premises liability” cases – which center on the responsibility of a property owner to care for the property – and are governed under negligence law. The key to winning a premises liability claim is having proof of negligence. It isn’t always easy to prove that a property owner knew – or should have known – about the danger on his or her property and failed to have it repaired or removed.

Example: If you slip and fall on a piece of fruit in a grocery store, it would be difficult to prove when the piece of fruit first fell on the floor. Further, it would be hard to prove that the store “knew or should have known” about the hazard. As plaintiffs bear the burden of proof, you can see the difficulty in proving a particular case such as this.

Structural damages to a building and surrounding area can be significant causes of injury. Uneven steps, cracked and uneven sidewalks, and parking lot potholes can all present hazardous situations to a building’s visitors. But again, to prove negligence, you would have to show that the property’s owner knew or should have known about the problem and did nothing to rectify it.

Negligence can also be proven when a property owner violates a statute, such as not having installed handrails, and an injury occurs as a result.


Injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents run the gamut from minor to major. Victims may suffer head injuries, including concussion or traumatic brain injury. Recent scientific research has shown that even “mild” instances of TMI (traumatic brain injury) can result in long-term adverse consequences for victims, including cognitive and memory problems, and issues involving poor balance and mobility.

Other injuries commonly incurred in slip and fall cases include nerve damage, spinal cord injury, paralysis, bone fractures and breaks, burns, lacerations and in tragic cases, loss of life.


If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, call Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, now at (877) 572-4143 or submit a simple case form. Call us now! You may have a valid claim and may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. But remember, a premises liability lawsuit must be filed in the state of Arizona before the statute of limitations expires.

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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.”

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“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.”

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“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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