Understanding Arizona law on slip and fall cases can help protect your legal rights.
Slip and fall accidents are common in Arizona and throughout the United States. A person can be injured at a store, in another person’s home, or even walking down the sidewalk. Each state handles this type of personal injury case differently, with time limits for filing a claim and laws on who can be held responsible for this type of accident.
In Arizona, personal injury cases involving slip and falls should be handled by a skilled Phoenix slip and fall attorney. An experienced lawyer can make sure that your case is appropriately investigated, that the proper parties are sued and that everything is filed on time.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a legal concept that holds owners of homes, businesses and property responsible for injuries that occur there. If a property owner was somehow negligent in caring for their property, then you will likely be able to recover for your injuries. In most cases, these injuries are covered by an insurance policy.
The classic slip and fall case involves a person who falls on a wet floor at the store. If the store knew that the floor was wet (perhaps due to a spill) and did not take action to correct the situation or put up warning signs, then the store will likely be responsible for the person’s injuries under a premises liability theory. But other types of premises liability cases can involve owners of private homes, such as situations where a homeowner didn’t fix a broken or crumbling sidewalk, which resulted in a guest falling on the sidewalk and being injured.
Because these cases are typically covered by an insurance policy, if you are hurt at a friend or family member’s house, you may have to file a lawsuit against them to recover. Remember that you are actually suing the insurance company to force them to cover the claim — and that your Phoenix slip and fall attorney will assist you through the process.
Arizona Law on Slip and Fall Cases
In Arizona, slip and fall cases are a type of personal injury claim. This means that there is a two year statute of limitations on slip and fall cases. In other words, if you do not file a lawsuit within two years of the accident, you will be barred from ever filing suit for this injury. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall incident, mark down the date — and be sure that your legal action is brought within two years of that day, or else you will not be able to file a claim.
In Arizona, you can bring a personal injury case for a slip and fall as long as you are allowed to be on the property. This means that trespassers cannot file suit for injuries that happen on another person’s property. If you are not supposed to be there, then the homeowner cannot reasonably be expected to make sure that the property is safe for you. So as long as you are legally permitted to be on the property, you will likely be able to file a lawsuit for a slip and fall case.
If you have been hurt in a fall on public property, at a private home or at a business, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the owner of the property — including a government, a business owner or a family member or a friend. A skilled Phoenix slip and fall attorney can help you understand your legal options, including ways to resolve the case without filing a lawsuit. At the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we have years of experience representing clients in Arizona slip and fall cases. Contact our Phoenix office today at 602-340-0030 or email@example.com to schedule a free consultation, and learn how we can help you if you have been hurt in a slip and fall case.