When an accidental injury happens during a visit to another personís property, the owner of that property may be liable for that injury. Under Arizona premises injury law, when you venture onto someoneís property you are owed a certain duty of care. Whether you are an invitee (a person who is on the property by express or implied invitation for a business purpose), such as shopping at the supermarket or eating at your favorite restaurant, a licensee (a person on the property by express or implied invitation for a social purpose), or a trespasser (a person on the property without actual or implied permission), the property owner still has a responsibility to ensure that hazards are taken care of.
An uneven sidewalk, a broken railing, or even a spill on the floor could lead to serious injuries and even wrongful death. While each person has a duty to watch where they are going, property owners are responsible for needless injuries caused by hazards that are easy to correct. If an owner of a property has failed to maintain the conditions of their premises, created an unsafe condition that caused the injury, or knew about the dangerous premises or unsafe hazard but failed to alert visitors of the hazard, then he/she may be held liable for injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident that you believe may be the result of negligence or recklessness of another person or company, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, disfigurement, pain, emotional distress, and any permanent disabilities that you may have suffered. There are many negative side effects that come with a dangerous property injury, but those can be eased if you find an experienced, professional lawyer with extensive knowledge of dangerous premises cases.
Some Common Causes of Dangerous Premises Injuries May Be:
- Icy driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks
- Broken or missing stair railings
- Malfunctioning escalators and elevators
- Broken playground equipment
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven sidewalks or stairs
- Inadequate lighting
- Cracked or potholed walking surfaces
These injuries could happen anywhere and to anyone. A mother could be grocery shopping for her family when she doesnít see a wet spot on the tile floor, resulting in a slip and fall. She could be tending to the resulting injuries for weeks, unable to spend her time working or caring for her family. A grandparent could be taking a walk in a park and trip over an uneven and unlabeled part of the sidewalk, sustaining serious injuries due to the hard fall and fragility of the man. You never know when an accident like this could happen, but if it does happen to you or a loved one, be sure that one of your first steps is finding a great injury attorney.
If you have been seriously injured on someone elseís property, it is important that you call an experienced personal injury lawyer. Call Grabb & Durando. Our attorneys will fight for your rights and help ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.