If you have been injured by a slip and fall accident in Arizona, you may be unsure where to start the process of getting compensation for your injuries. For a slip and fall suit, there must have been at least a minor injury and you must be able to prove that the owner was aware of a dangerous condition. Some common causes of slips and falls are poor lighting, changes in flooring, torn carpeting, wet floor, narrow stairs and cracked public sidewalks.
For you to receive recovery for a slip and fall accident on another’s property, you must first identify the responsible party. Not all injuries are the fault of another, and some can be caused simply by distraction and carelessness.
According to FindLaw, suits can be filed against commercial property if the owner caused the condition, knew about the condition and did not fix it or as a “reasonable person”, should have known and repaired the issue before it caused an injury. There may be several people responsible in these situations.
Landlords can be liable to third parties or tenants on residential properties if an injury occurs on a rental property. To be successful you must prove that the landlord had control over the condition, it was obvious a serious injury could occur if the problem was not fixed, fixing the condition would not have been difficult or expensive and that the landlord’s lack of action was the cause of the injury.
Finally, there are also injuries that occur on government property. There are special rules for local, federal or state government entities. Often, government entities are required to meet strict immunity provisions to shield against liability.
This information is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.