Dangerous Property Conditions Can Easily Lead to Injuries and Lawsuits in Arizona
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jul 17, 2010 in Personal Injury
People who own or manage property have a duty to keep that property safe for anyone who may enter onto it. This is a norm of the law that's been in place for generations, and when someone is lawfully on the property of another and is injured because of a dangerous condition, it can lead to serious injuries and lawsuits filed with the help of experienced Phoenix premises liability lawyers. Below is a look at what property owners and managers are responsible for in general and what sort of damages could be recaptured in an AZ personal injury lawsuit filed on the basis of premises liability.
Dangerous Conditions on Property in Arizona
There are several different dangerous conditions that can exist on any property. Two examples are permanent dangerous conditions and those dangerous conditions that arise from time to time but that must be handled one way or another so that the property owner or manager can avoid legal liability. If a property is inherently dangerous, such as if it contains pot holes or other dangers, those in charge of the property must either make an attempt to repair that damage or to clearly warn those who may enter the property of its existence. In terms of temporary dangers such as flooding or slippery floors, property owners must take steps to eliminate that condition or take reasonable steps to keep the public clear of it until the situation is resolved. It doesn't necessarily matter if the property owner knew or didn't know about these dangerous conditions - it only matters that he or she should have known about the risks.
Lawful Entrants onto Dangerous Property in AZ
One other issue that must be resolved in an Arizona personal injury lawsuit that results from injuries sustained on dangerous property is whether the person injured was lawfully there in the first place. Different statuses are assigned to people who enter another's property, including invitees who enter a business and licensees who enter a property for a temporary amount of time for a social visit. Property owners owe these people a duty of care that's described above. Trespassers, however, are seen to have entered a property illegally, and while there are exceptions, those who do not enter a property lawfully are not given the same level of protection from dangerous conditions.
Overall, people are injured regularly because of dangerous conditions on other people's property. If this includes you or someone you love, contact the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.