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Phoenix Slip and Fall Accident FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common causes of slip and fall accidents?

Where are the most common places slip in fall accidental injuries occur and what are the most common types of injuries?

In what manner does the law determine whether a property owner has reasonably maintained safe premises?

If a person wins a fall injury case, what kind of compensation can be expected?




What are the most common causes of slip and fall accidents?

Slip and fall or premises liability accidents occur because of a number of different reasons, but some of the more common ones include:

  • Uneven staircases
  • Loose carpeting
  • Wet floors without warning signs
  • Unsecured handrails
  • Poor lighting
  • Debris on the ground
  • Potholes, divots, or missing pavement
  • Cracks or uneven conditions on sidewalks or on a walkway
  • Absence of cautionary signs

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Where are the most common places slip in fall accidental injuries occur and what are the most common types of injuries?

Slip and falls can occur just about anywhere. Common problem spots include retail and grocery stores, parking lots, and construction sites. Slip and fall accident injuries may include those to the spine, wrist, neck, head, and legs.

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In what manner does the law determine whether a property owner has reasonably maintained safe premises?

In order to determine whether a property owner has taken reasonable steps to prevent a slip and fall, the incident's specifics must be investigated. As an example, if an employee or owner was expected to maintain a particular area and did not, a jury will be more likely to decide that he or she knew of the dangerous conditions and acted negligently. Some questions that can help determine whether reasonable steps were followed include:

  • Were warning signs or barriers erected to keep visitors out of a hazardous area?
  • Was the area adequately lit?
  • Had someone else previously been injured by the same hazard?
  • Would removing the hazard have been simple and low-cost or prolonged and costly?
  • Was it necessary for the hazardous condition to exist on the property?
  • Did either an employee or owner cause the condition?

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If a person wins a Phoenix fall injury case, what kind of compensation can be expected?

Typically, plaintiffs sue for lost wages, costs of medical treatment, pain, loss of enjoyment of life, and out-of-pocket expenses. In some cases, the law may award plaintiffs so-called "punitive damages" to punish an especially egregiously negligent owner. However, punitive damages only apply to slip and fall cases or trip and fall cases in Arizona in the rare circumstance that the owner or occupier acted with an "evil hand and evil mind" in their actions, something that is uncommon in these cases. An injury victim might also be able to seek compensation for property lost or damaged.

A person injured in a trip and fall or slip and fall case can generally sue for lost income, medical expenses, pain, loss of life's enjoyment, and out of pocket expenses. The law may also award punitive damages if it is found that the defendant's indiscretion was particularly egregious. Such punitive damages are rare in trip and fall or slip and fall claims, as the responsible party must be determined as having actions motivated by both an "evil hand and evil mind," something uncommon in such cases.

Should you need the assistance of seasoned personal injury attorneys, we invite you to connect with Breyer Law Offices. We have been serving the greater Phoenix, Arizona metro are since 1996, helping many injured people in their claims for compensation for damages as well as earning numerous awards and distinctions.

The top Phoenix premises liability lawyers at Breyer Law Offices can help in any Arizona cases in which there has been a traumatic slip and fall. Our firm has the resources and experience to protect your rights to any compensation that you may deserve.

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