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Slip and Fall Accidents in Phoenix, AZ
The steps you take after sustaining a slip and fall injury greatly affect what kind of compensation you’ll receive. This compensation helps with any medical expenses resulting from your fall. It is essential that you first seek medical care immediately after the incident, then contact our qualified Phoenix slip and fall lawyers.
If you experienced a slip and fall injury, it’s possible that the property owner of the area could be held liable. In order to have a valid claim, it is essential that you contact a legal team as soon as possible. Slip and fall accidents frequently result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injury, broken bones, neck injuries, soft tissue injuries, and other serious injuries. Slip and fall victims have a right to obtain compensation for their injuries. Call our Phoenix slip and fall attorneys to schedule your consultation at 602-910-4040 today.
Where Do Slip and Fall Injuries Occur?
A slip and fall incident can occur almost anywhere, including in the following places.
This is similar to public property. However, it mostly includes property interest that pertains to the state or the government rather than the community. Examples include military bases, national parks, airports, public buildings, and many other properties.
Private property is that which is owned by a private entity, such as a regular citizen or a corporation. Essentially, private property is anything not owned by the government. Examples include real estate, businesses, and even intellectual property.
This is a broad category of places. Public property is any property that is dedicated solely for public use. Examples include community centers, bridges, community gardens, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, and even roads.
What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?
Property owners are responsible for maintaining their property. If the property is in a dangerous condition, they must give reasonable warning to those who would enter the area. They can do this by simply putting up a warning sign. Below, we list some of the most common causes of slip and falls.
- Wet or slick surfaces
- Uneven surfaces or pavement
- Poor weather conditions
- Improper training for employees
- Negligence in a nursing home
- Wearing improper footwear
How Long Do You Have to Go to the Doctor After a Slip and Fall?
We recommend that you seek medical care within 72 hours of your slip and fall accident. The sooner you get to a healthcare professional, the better. If you cannot make an appointment with your general practitioner, consider going to a walk-in clinic or to the emergency room.
Above all else, put your health first. If you sustained severe injuries from your fall, they may or may not be clear to you. In order to avoid further damage to your body, a physician will provide appropriate care for your injuries. This is especially important if you sustained a head injury. These types of injuries present, initially, as very common symptoms like headaches. As they worsen, they could cause brain damage. If you experience any of the following symptoms after a slip and fall accident, seek medical help immediately.
- Drowsiness/Excessive tiredness
- Inability to sleep
How Long Do Slip and Fall Settlements Take?
Even though most slip and fall cases settle before going to court, some of them still go to trial. For this reason, it is important that you understand what a realistic time frame looks like for these types of cases. The overall case length depends on many factors, and our experienced Phoenix accident attorneys will walk you through the process below.
Slip and fall cases can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. Yes, years. This timeline depends almost entirely on the exact circumstances involved in your case.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
Always seek medical treatment as your first step after a slip and fall. Take detailed documentation (notes, pictures, and videos) of the area where your accident occurred. Then file your accident report with the appropriate party, be it a landlord, manager, or owner. Always request an accident report copy before you leave.
Stay calm as best you can during this process. You may experience stress after a fall, especially after a severe one. Limit how much you say to whoever is in charge of the property where the accident occurred. Do not post the details of your fall on the Internet or give any statements to insurance companies. Also, do not place or accept any blame. Your Phoenix accident attorney should be the only one with the relevant details of your case.
How to Win a Slip and Fall Case?
Slipping and falling on someone else’s property requires that you prove someone else was at fault for your accident. Specifically, the property owner might be responsible for any damages or injuries you experienced. Proving fault in these cases is challenging at times, so you need an experienced Phoenix premises liability attorney on your side.
Slip and fall accidents cause injuries such as hip fractures, back injuries, head injuries, and broken arms, wrists, or fingers. These accidents occur when individuals fall because of a slippery floor. The slippery substance could be caused by things such as water, excess moisture, or other slick substances.
In order to have a valid, winnable case, our lawyers will prove four things.
- Liability: A defendant (whoever your case is against) owns or operates the location where your injury occurred.
- Negligence: A defendant should have known or did know about the dangerous conditions.
- Dangerous conditions: The condition was harmful, and not considered minor.
- Damages: The plaintiff (you, in this case) incurred injuries as a result of the dangerous injuries.
How Much Is a Slip and Fall Case Worth?
Each case is different. While we cannot say concretely what your case is worth, we can explain everything that we take into consideration when valuing your case. Below, we outline all the factors that a slip and fall injury lawyer will consider.
- All present and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning ability
- Incidental expenses (such as gas money to travel to doctors appointments)
According to the CDC, the average cost associated with a slip and fall is over $30,000. Because this amount is so devastating to the average individual, our attorneys at Ybarra Maldonado Law Group will fight aggressively to get the compensation you deserve.
What to Do if You Slip and Fall in a Store?
Immediately after falling in a store, you might be in a fog. As soon as possible, seek medical attention for injuries, both obvious and obscured. Identify whatever caused your fall, whether it was something on the floor, poorly maintained flooring, or even electrical cords. Document as much about the area as possible in the form of detailed descriptions. Memories fade with time, so try to jot down anything you see or feel as soon as possible.
Take pictures and videos of the area and even request surveillance footage from the store itself. Request contact information from any and all witnesses who saw the accident or the conditions leading up to the accident. File an incident report with the store where the fall occurred. Finally, contact an experienced Phoenix slip and fall accident lawyer to have someone on your side looking after your best interests. As these situations are very detailed, an attorney will help guide you through the process.
How Many Slip and Fall Cases Go to Trial?
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only 2% of all slip and fall cases go to trial. Because you are an active part of the entire process, you have a say in whether or not your case will go to trial. If you are unsure about which path to take, an attorney experienced in personal injury litigation will help you decide.
How Long Do You Have to Report a Slip and Fall?
In Arizona, you have up to two years after your accident to seek compensation. At first, you may wish to hold off on filing a claim. However, medical expenses can pile up over time. After filing your report, the owner of the property where your accident occurred will try to avoid paying just compensation, as will their insurance company.
From the second your injury occurs, the two-year clock is ticking down. Especially if your injuries are serious, contact an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced Arizona personal injury lawyer knows the law surrounding slip and fall claims and will keep an eye on the approaching statute of limitations date.
What Is a Premises Liability Claim?
A premises liability claim is one in which someone holds the owner of a property responsible for damages arising out of that property. Every property owner across the country is required to maintain a safe environment for visitors. If the property owner fails to meet this standard, this results in premises liability. Below, we list common premises liability claims aside from slip and fall accidents.
- Dog bites
- Dangerous property
- Improper maintenance
- Negligent security
- Children on the premises
- Store liability
- Restaurant liability
What’s the Difference Between Premises Liability and Negligence?
With negligence, you make an argument that a person owes you a duty of care. That person breaches that duty, and you suffer damages as a result. In this case, that person is negligent.
Premises Liability is negligence as it relates to property. The property owner owes you a duty of care in the form of safety while on the property. If they breach that duty and you suffer damages, this is premises liability.
What Kind of Lawyer Handles Accidents on Real Estate?
For your personal injury case, you need the experienced slip and fall accident lawyers at Ybarra Maldonado Law Group. If you suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, we have all the necessary tools and experience to aggressively fight your case. We’re not afraid of jury trials, so we won’t settle for low offers.
Phoenix Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Don’t let insurance companies take advantage of your situation. It’s important to file your legal claim in a timely manner in order to give your personal injury claim the best chance of success. Get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and your injuries suffered. Call YMLG today at (602) 910-4040 to schedule a consultation, and get the top personal injury attorneys in Phoenix on your side.
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