Avondale Slip and Fall Attorneys
Often, when people hear about someone having a slip and fall, it is quickly dismissed as a minor incident. However, the victims know these accidents can cause severe injuries that may require long recovery times.
You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for your injuries and other damages. This is something you can discuss with our licensed Avondale slip and fall lawyers in a free legal consultation. At Phillips Law Group, we have recovered more than $750 million in compensation during nearly 30 years of representing Arizona injury victims. Our strong history includes a settlement of $2.25 million for a slip and fall victim who suffered a fractured femur.
Our founder Jeff Phillips has served as lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials, recovering verdicts in several Arizona counties. He is also a premiere member of the American Academy of Trial Attorneys.
We work on contingency – unless we recover compensation for our clients, we do not get paid for our services.
Call our firm today for answers to your legal questions: 1-800-706-3000
How do I Know if There Might be a Case?
The general rule for proving fault in a slip and fall case is that the owner of the property was negligent in dealing with a dangerous condition that caused you to slip, trip or fall. You may not need to prove the owner knew about the condition if you can prove the owner should have known by using reasonable care.
However, proving a condition was unreasonably dangerous, that the owner knew or should have known about it, and never took steps to mitigate it can be very difficult. This is why we recommend contacting a knowledgeable attorney for legal help.
The property owner’s obligation for dealing with a hazardous condition is determined by the victim’s legal status when he or she was on the property. There are three types of visitors:
These are people who were invited onto the property for a business reason, such as buying products. The most common example of this is a customer at a retail store. The owner of the property has a legal obligation to use reasonable care to help prevent you from suffering a slip and fall injury. For example, it is reasonable for employees to clean up a spill on the floor or at least provide warning to customers with a wet floor sign.
These are people invited onto property for non-business reasons, such as houseguests or people invited for dinner or a party. Property owners must warn licensees about dangerous conditions they know of and which the licensees are unlikely to discover themselves. For example, if the owner knows about an indentation or hole in the floor that is not known to visitors, the owner should warn guests about it.
These are people who have no legal right to be on the property. The general rule is trespassers are not owed a duty of care, but there may be exceptions. For instance, if the property owner has a pool that is likely to attract children, he or she may have an obligation to put a fence around the pool to prevent children from getting inside.
The Avondale slip and fall lawyers at our firm know how to determine if the property owner may be liable for your injuries and whether you may be eligible to pursue compensation, either through a lawsuit or insurance claim.
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What is a Slip and Fall Case Worth?
The value of your claim depends on damages you suffered, including your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and physical and emotional damages.
You may suffer lost wages if you were unable to work or missed work while receiving treatment. Loss of earning capacity means the loss of the ability to continue earning the same salary or hourly wage you did before the injury. You may be forced to work in another field or for less money or fewer hours.
Emotional damages refer to the emotional suffering from dealing with your injuries, such as anxiety and depression. The value of these types of injuries could be documented by a pain journal you keep, your medical records, and testimony from doctors and mental health professionals.
The value of your medical expenses is determined by the medical bills and receipts for past treatment, along with estimates of future treatment costs. Some of these bills may be for things like:
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Prescription medications
- Stays in the hospital
- Appointments with doctors
While compensation cannot change what happened, it is very important for victims who are looking to move forward with their lives.
Our Avondale slip and fall lawyers are aggressive negotiators who pursue maximum compensation to help provide for your needs and as you move forward with your life, even if you have a permanent or long-term injury.
Claim Filing Deadline
Arizona’s statute of limitations sets a two-year limit on filing personal injury claims. That means you must file a lawsuit within two years of your slip and fall injury or you may lose the right to do so. Even if you file a claim after that deadline, it will likely be dismissed in court.
There are many exceptions that may apply to your claim, which is why it is important to talk to a licensed attorney as soon as possible. The clock on your claim’s statute of limitations may already be running.
Under Arizona’s discovery rule, the two-year clock may not start running until you realize you may have a claim. If you are minor, the two-year clock does not begin to run until you turn 18. In a wrongful death situation, surviving family members may have two years from the date of the victim’s death to file a lawsuit.
Schedule a free consultation as soon as possible. Phone: 1-800-706-3000.
Where do Slip and Falls Happen and Why
A slip, trip or fall could happen almost anywhere, including public or private locations, such as:
- Grocery stores
- Amusement parks
- Apartment complexes
- Private homes
- Parking lots
- Public parks
- Retail stores
- Movie theaters
- Concert venues
- Parking garages
Slip and fall accidents at these locations are caused by various hazardous conditions, such as:
- Wet floors
- Recently waxed or cleaned floors
- Loose carpeting
- Holes in the floor
- Loose floor tiles
- Falling ceiling tiles
- Broken handrails on staircases
- Clutter in store aisles
- Bad lighting
- Cracks in the sidewalk
- Snow or ice
- Sand or dirt on a slippery outdoor surface
If your slip and fall was caused by a dangerous condition that should have been dealt with by the property owner, you may have a valid legal claim.
The team at Phillips Law Group is prepared to fully investigate your accident to determine if negligence may have been involved. As these cases are difficult to prove, it can be very helpful to have a licensed attorney representing you. While you focus on your health and recovery, your lawyer can deal with the complexities of the legal process.
Phillips Law Group: 1-800-706-3000. No upfront fees or obligations.
Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are often not something people can just walk away from. They can result in many different injuries, from broken bones and sprained ligaments to traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage. The severity of the injury may be based on how you fell, the force of impact, and what body parts hit the ground first.
The pain from a broken bone or sprained ligament could last for quite a while, but you may fully recover. Other damages, such as a brain injury, may take longer and result in long-term cognitive problems, personality changes, headaches and other symptoms.
Call to Discuss Your Accident with an Avondale Slip and Fall Attorney
Phillips Law Group has represented more than 150,000 clients in a wide variety of cases, including slip and fall lawsuits. We have recovered more than $750,000,000 in compensation on behalf of our clients.
Our goal is to pursue maximum compensation to help you achieve maximum recovery for the physical, financial and emotional toll of your injuries, both now and in the future.
The initial consultation is free, and you do not have to hire us to represent you if we find you have a case. That means there is no risk to you. We do not charge for our representation unless you receive compensation.
If you think you may have a case, call us at 1-800-706-3000. We are here to help.