Rafi Law Group has guided numerous clients to successful settlements for personal injury claims. We are dedicated to meeting clients’ legal needs, and can provide informative services from start to finish. If you have been injured on someone else’s property in a slip and fall or other accident, we can help you pursue compensation for you injuries. Our Phoenix premises liability lawyer has extensive experience representing clients in Arizona courts. Whatever your situation, we can answer your questions and tirelessly uphold your right to a financial settlement.
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Premises Liability Laws in Arizona
Under Arizona law, property owners, business owners, and landlords owe a duty of care to others on their property. Specifically, Arizona sets forth laws regarding 3 different categories of people who visit a piece of property. Whatever classification you fall into, our firm can discuss your options for pursuing compensation.
Property owners owe a duty of care to:
Invitees are those with expressed or implied permission to enter the property for business reasons. This may include customers at a movie theater, car repair shop, or grocery store. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care. By law, they are required to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, regularly inspect for hazards, warn invitees of unreasonably dangerous conditions, and promptly address any dangers. This may include slippery floors, broken railing, or other hazardous conditions on the property.
Licensees refer to anyone who visits a property with permission for non-business reasons. For example, if you go to a friend’s house for a barbecue, you are considered a licensee. Arizona premises liability laws state that property owners must warn licensees about any concealed dangers or hazardous conditions on the property. For child licensees, property owners must take extra precautions to provide adequate warnings of hazardous conditions, and take necessary steps to protect the child. However, the duty is generally lower than that owed to invitees, and the owner is not necessarily required to actively inspect for hazards.
Property owners typically owe no duty of care to adult trespassers (those who enter the property without permission). However, they may be held liable if they willfully or wantonly injure the trespasser. Furthermore, landlords owe a duty of care to child trespassers. The court must prove that the property owner knew a dangerous condition existed, knew that a child was likely to trespass near the condition, and failed to use reasonable care to protect the child from harm. Children do not always have the ability to understand or appreciate the dangers of certain conditions. Thus, landlords may be held liable for injuries to child trespassers.
Arizona Statute of Limitations for Premises Liability
The time limit for initiating a premises liability claim is 2 years from the date of the injury. If the individual who suffered the injury passes away due to those injuries, the statute of limitations becomes 2 years from the date of the person's death.
How to Pursue Compensation for Premises Liability
Arizona laws set forth specific provisions for how to pursue compensation for premises liability claims. In order to seek a financial settlement from a property owner, you must prove 1 of 3 things. With our Phoenix premises liability attorney, you can receive thorough legal services as you file the claim and build your case.
In a premises liability case, you must prove that either:
- The property owner created the dangerous condition
- The property owner knew the dangerous condition existed
- The condition existed for a period of time sufficient for the property owner to discover it
If you can provide evidence to support 1 of these claims, you may be able to seek compensation. If a property owner knew of a dangerous condition and negligently failed to remedy it or adequately warn you about it, he or she may be held liable. Whether you were injured in a slip and fall accident, or you were injured by a dangerous condition like loose floorboards or exposed electric wires, our firm can passionately represent you.
Types of Compensation to Recover
You may be entitled to financial compensation for the following:
- Medical Expenses: Reimbursement for healthcare costs related to injuries suffered on the premises.
- Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost due to the inability to work during the recovery period.
- Pain and Suffering: Damages for physical and emotional distress resulting from the premises liability incident.
- Disability or Disfigurement: Additional compensation for long-term disabilities, disfigurement, or scarring.
- Loss of Consortium: Damages awarded to a spouse or family member for the loss of companionship or support.
Who Can File a Premises Liability Claim?
In an Arizona premises liability claim, the individual who can file a claim is typically the person who suffered injuries or damages due to the negligent actions of the property owner or occupier. The injured party, often referred to as the plaintiff, has the legal standing to initiate a premises liability lawsuit.
- Anyone who sustains injuries on someone else's property due to negligence may file a premises liability claim. This includes individuals who are classified as invitees, licensees, or even trespassers under certain circumstances.
- In cases where the injured party is unable to file a claim themselves, such as if they are a minor or incapacitated, a legal representative or guardian may file the claim on their behalf.
- In some jurisdictions, certain family members may have the right to file a claim for damages associated with the injuries of their loved ones, particularly in cases of wrongful death or loss of consortium.
Seek a Favorable Outcome with the Help of Our Team
Rafi law Group, PLLC provides diligent legal services to injured clients in Arizona. With a thorough knowledge of Arizona’s premises liability laws, we can analyze your situation and help you make informed decisions regarding your case. Our Phoenix premises liability attorney is committed to providing excellent representation to each client. We can tenaciously uphold your right to compensation in court as you seek justice for your accident.
Call our experienced premises liability lawyer in Phoenix today at (623) 207-1555 to discuss your case.