You have slipped and fallen in the grocery store or mall – now what? Most fall accidents result in little more than a bruised ego, but some lead to serious injuries, such as broken bones and concussions. If you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall, you need to be aware of what the law has to say about your rights.
Many people are confused regarding who is to blame for a slip and fall accident. If your own carelessness caused the fall, then most likely you are the one who was responsible. However, depending on the circumstances of your fall, the property owner could be held liable. If the property owner was negligent in some way, you could be entitled to pursue compensation for damages, including medical expenses.
When a property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition they can be responsible for your injuries. The owner could also be liable if they failed to provide or maintain safe premises or created a dangerous condition on the property. For example, if there was a wet or slippery surface in a store and there was no warning sign to let you know of the danger, you could have a personal injury claim.
There are many factors involved in slip and fall cases, which also fall under a legal category known as premises liability. One of the main considerations in Arizona slip and fall cases has to do with what type of visitor you were at the time of the accident. For example, your legal rights differ depending on whether you were an invitee, licensee or trespasser. An experienced Phoenix injury attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident and will be able to determine who was at fault. A successful slip and fall case could entitle you to compensation for lost income, medical expenses and other damages associated with your injuries.
In Arizona, there are deadlines as to when you can file a premises liability claim, so you shouldn’t wait too long to talk with an injury lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen at 480-632-7373 for a free legal consultation.