- $275,000 for an eye injury due to a defectively designed lockbox
- $235,000 for injuries exacerbated by building security issues
- $225,000 for back injuries from a trip and fall
- $150,000 for injuries from a brick porch that crumbled and caused a fall
- $125,000 for a broken ankle from a fall down defective stairs
- $122,500 for injuries from and slip and fall on an icy sidewalk
- $115,000 for a herniated disk from a slip and fall in a restaurant bathroom
Table of Contents
- Examples of Phoenix Premises Liability Injuries
- Proving Negligence in a Premises Liability Case
- Possible Defendants in a Premises Liability Case
- The Difficulties You May Face in a Slip-and-Fall Claim
- How to Recover Compensation in a Slip and Fall Case
- Call a Phoenix Premises Liability Attorney Today
Examples of Phoenix Premises Liability InjuriesYou can suffer many injuries on someone else’s property. If you are a renter, you are even at the risk of injury because of someone else’s carelessness in your own home. Here are some examples of things that can be the subject of a premises liability lawsuit:
- Slipping in an aisle at Fry’s Food and Drug when there was a spill that made the floor slippery
- Falling when a bar patio collapses in Old Town Scottsdale Entertainment District
- Suffering injuries in an attack in a parking lot or on the campus of Arizona State University (ASU)
- Getting sick from carbon monoxide poisoning in an apartment that you rent
- Your child suffers injuries in a swimming pool at the Foothills Aquatics Center
- Dram shop liability where restaurant and bar owners can be legally responsible for drunk driving injuries when they continue to serve a visibly intoxicated patron
- Toxic tort liability when you are sickened by fumes or chemicals that emanate from someone else’s property
- Injuries that come from being struck by falling debris from construction sites.
Proving Negligence in a Premises Liability CaseEvery premises liability case, no matter the injury, requires that you prove that the defendant was negligent. There is often no law on the books that defines what negligence is. The test comes from common law that courts developed since the mid-1800s. To be eligible for financial compensation, you must prove that the defendant acted without due care. Specifically, there is a four-part test in every premises liability test. The elements are:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- The defendant acted unreasonably under the circumstances in a way that the average property owner would not.
- You suffered an injury.
- You would not have suffered injuries had it not been for the acts or omissions of the defendant.
Possible Defendants in a Premises Liability CaseWhen someone invites you onto their property or holds it open to the public, they owe a duty of care to those who enter. This includes places like:
- Apartment buildings that rent to tenants
- Friends who invite social guests
- Restaurants and bars
- Swimming pool and park owners
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The Difficulties You May Face in a Slip-and-Fall ClaimThe most common type of case that people think of as a premises liability case is a slip and fall claim. People routinely suffer injuries in falls, and they are not always to blame for their accidents. Slip-and-fall accidents present a special challenge for plaintiffs. In many cases, there are no witnesses who saw the fall. In addition, insurance companies treat slip-and-fall claims with excessive cynicism because they are common. If insurance companies believe that slip-and-fall cases are too common, it is because they are. More than one in every five emergency room visits stems from a fall. Over one million of these visits are the result of a slip-and-fall. FIve percent of people who fall will suffer a fracture. Some will sustain even more serious injuries. Simply stated, people do not make up slip-and-fall cases as the insurance companies claim. Insurance companies have created a culture that views significant and legitimate injuries with skepticism. This atmosphere cannot and should not take away your legal right to compensation when someone else was negligent. When you hire an experienced premises liability lawyer, you will gain a tough advocate who will meet this perception head-on with evidence and facts.
How to Recover Compensation in a Slip and Fall CaseIn a slip and fall case, the mere fact that your fall happened is not enough to get a settlement check. You can prove your entitlement to damages in two different ways:
- You can prove that the property owner themselves created the dangerous condition. In that case, it does not matter whether there was adequate time to remove the hazard. The owner will be liable for the damages.
- You can prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and did not either fix it or take steps to warn the public about it.
Negligence Is Not Always the Cause of Every Single AccidentIn a premises liability case for negligent security, the property owner may not be liable if you were the victim of the first attack on the property or in the area. In this case, you will consider unreasonable conduct within the context of the area. If the property is in a high-crime area or has experienced incidents before, the property owner will need to increase security measures. However, they do not have a legal obligation to guarantee everyone’s safety. Some premises liability cases are far clearer. For instance, a deck collapsing at a bar is something that should never happen. While you will still need to prove how the owner was negligent, this will not be as heavy of a lift legally as a slip-and-fall case. Similarly, nobody should ever be sickened by carbon monoxide in an apartment building because the landlord should have installed detectors.
Dealing With Insurance Companies in Premises Liability CasesWhile the facts in premises liability cases can differ, the property owner or person who controls the property probably has insurance, and their provider will fight your claim. You will file an insurance claim with the provider to reach a settlement agreement in practically every case. Regardless of the type of insurance company you are dealing with, they all operate in roughly the same manner. They will demand proof of liability, and they will try to underpay you. In a slip-and-fall case, they are going to be extremely tough. They know that the burden of proof is on you, and they will not take your word for anything. Most premises liability claims will involve corporate defendants. Unless you are filing a claim against a homeowner’s policy, you can expect that the potentially responsible party has a large insurance policy to protect their assets. Landlords and businesses have quite a bit to lose, especially when you have suffered a serious injury. Premises liability cases can be high-stakes matters for defendants, and they will have legal firepower of their own.
Getting a Settlement Offer May Be Just the Beginning of the ProcessEven if you can get a settlement offer in a premises liability case, it is far from the end of the story. In some cases, this is just a hollow victory because the settlement offer is for far less than you deserve. You will still need to continue the fight to get full payment for your injuries. In any premises liability case, the principle behind your damages is the same. You are legally entitled to compensation for all of your damages. Personal injury damages stretch beyond your actual economic losses. Of course, you can get paid for your lost earnings and your medical bills. You can also receive compensation for what you have endured since your injury. The other common theme in any premises liability case is that you will need to prove your damages before the insurance company will pay you. The best thing that you can do for yourself in several ways after a premises liability injury is to get medical help. The doctor will diagnose and begin to treat your injuries. Ordinarily, you will wait to file a claim until you understand the full extent of your injuries. This is when you are at the point of maximum medical improvement, meaning that you will not recover further from your injuries.
Damages for Your Premises Liability CaseBefore you settle your case, make sure you will receive payment for:
- The full cost of your medical expenses
- All lost wages for earnings that you have missed out, whether it is because you cannot work or have to do less work
- Pain and suffering for your post-accident experience
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death damages if your loved one died in the accident
- Punitive damages when the defendant’s negligence or recklessness were extreme
Call a Phoenix Premises Liability Attorney TodayIf you suffered injuries on the property of another or by something coming from their property, we can help you seek financial compensation. Abels & Annes, P.C., are determined lawyers who know how to stand up for our clients. Call us today at (602) 819-5191 or contact us online for your free initial consultation. Phoenix Office 714 E Rose Ln #200 Phoenix, AZ 85014 Map and Driving Directions
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