PREMISES LIABILITY LAWYERS IN PHOENIX, AZ
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PREMISES LIABILITY LAWYERS
Anyone can fall victim to the damages and losses that come with being injured on another person’s property. For example, an injured person may be unable to work or provide for their family even after obtaining adequate medical treatment, placing them at serious financial risk. It’s a frightening notion, but innocent individuals can and do experience serious personal injuries and even wrongful death all the time due to property owners who fail to safeguard their premises from possible risks. Luckily, there are regulations that exist that make irresponsible property owners responsible for any injuries that occur on their land. If you or a loved one has been injured while on someone else’s dangerous property, call the Phoenix premises liability lawyers at Ybarra Maldonado Law Group. We can help ensure that the negligent property owner is held legally liable and that you are properly compensated for your injuries.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability refers to the legal obligation that property owners, managers, and landowners all have to provide a reasonably safe environment for those who visit or live on their property. Customers, consumers, service personnel, and renters all fall within this category.
When a safety hazard or dangerous condition develops on the premises, property owners are legally obligated to give proper warnings, such as cautionary signs, at least until the problem can be handled or remedied. If a property owner is aware of a potentially dangerous condition and does nothing to remedy it, he or she might be held responsible if someone is harmed or killed as a result. This demonstrates an act of negligence, which is a factor that is required for a premises liability lawsuit to move forward.
Premises Liability Laws in Arizona
Both federal and Arizona state laws require property owners to keep their facilities safe and to inform those on the premises of any dangerous conditions or circumstances that may emerge. While the rules vary depending on the state, the fundamental reality remains the same: property owners have a responsibility to keep their land and structures safe for allowed visitors and anybody conducting business there. Premises liability claims may be filed when an accident occurs on someone else’s property as a consequence of hazardous, harmful, or defective conditions.
Any personal injury action, including premises liability, is subject to a statute of limitations. In Arizona, you generally have two years to make a claim if your injury was caused by a property condition. However, depending on who was the owner or property manager at the time of the accident, the window for which you can file a claim may be shorter. For example, claims against government entities in Arizona have a filing window of only 180 days. That is why it is crucial that those injured on another’s property contact a premises liability attorney as soon as possible following their accident.
Common Types of Premises Liability Injuries
There are a wide variety of case types that may fall under premises liability. Some of the more common include slips and falls, fire safety hazards, animal attacks, falling objects, inadequate lighting, and foundational issues, such as dangerous stairwells or uneven walkways. Just as there is a range of types of premises liability cases, there is also a wide range of potential injuries that may stem from these accidents. Below, we’ll include some of the more common types of injuries that our premises liability lawyers see here at Ybarra Maldonado Law Group:
- Broken bones
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Electric shock
- Burn injury
- Wrongful death
These injuries, among many others, often require extensive medical treatment and can result in serious losses. Under premises liability laws, those who are injured or suffer losses of some kind while on another’s property are entitled to compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses, both past and future
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage or loss
- Cost of disability
- Loss of consortium
Under certain circumstances, the law may also award plaintiffs punitive damages to penalize a particularly egregious property owner. However, these damages are only available in certain slip-and-fall accidents in Arizona and if/when the property owner acted with an “evil hand” or wicked intent.
What A Premises Liability Lawyer Can Do For You
A plaintiff must be able to prove that their injuries were a direct result of the property owner’s carelessness and negligence in order to win a premises liability claim. This may appear to be a simple task to complete on your own, but think again. You should anticipate the property owner to reject any and all responsibility if you are harmed on their property, whether it is residential or commercial. It is up to your attorney to demonstrate that the property owner was, in fact, negligent by proving the following:
- The property was in a dangerous state at the time of your visit.
- The property’s hazardous state was known to, or should have been known to, the property owner.
- Your injuries were a direct result of the said hazardous state.
You’ll need more than just your own personal account of the occurrence to prove the abovementioned factors. To identify the real cause of your injuries and the premises on which they occurred, your Phoenix personal injury attorney will conduct their own private investigation to gather as much evidence on your behalf as possible.
You’ll also have to prove your injuries from a medical viewpoint in addition to presenting your personal testimony. Here, a premises liability lawyer can assist you by obtaining proof from any treating doctors as well as by providing medical bills and expert testimony on the losses you’ve sustained.
In addition to this, premises liability lawyers can assist you in developing your initial claim, organizing facts and evidence in your favor, and identifying faults in the opposing party’s case in order to assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Experienced Phoenix Premises Liability Attorneys ASAP
At Ybarra Maldonado Law Group, our Phoenix premises liability lawyers have spent the entirety of their legal careers defending the rights of people all throughout Arizona. If you or someone you care about has been harmed as a result of dangerous property conditions, please call us as soon as possible to get to work on your case. We can assist you in determining whether or not you have grounds to bring a case as well as collaborate with you to develop a strategy that best meets your demands. Call YMLG today at (602) 910-4040 to schedule a consultation and get the top personal injury attorneys in Phoenix on your side ASAP.
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