Arizona Slip and Fall Lawyers
When you trip or slip and hurt yourself, it can be really embarrassing as well as frustrating. Your injuries may be serious and require medical attention and that can cause a lot of anxiety. It is possible that you will need to miss work for treatment and recovery which makes paying unexpected medical bills difficult. Our experienced Arizona slip and fall lawyer is here to guide you through this particularly difficult time. Please give this a read to learn more about your case, then call our office as soon as you can to set up a free case evaluation. We would be more than happy to sit down with you to discuss your legal options.
Following the Statute of Limitations
In Arizona, you have two years from the date of the slip and fall accident in which you are permitted to bring your claim or to have settled it in civil court. This is a hard deadline so if you miss the two years, we cannot help you. You will be barred from receiving from compensation altogether. It is highly advised to contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident so that they can make sure you are on track for a successful claim.
How Compensation Works
Arizona’s shared fault laws allow for you to receive compensation even when you have been deemed at fault for the slip and fall accident. You can be found to be 99% at fault for the accident but still receive compensation. The only catch is that you will have your compensation award reduced by however much you have been found to be at fault for. An example would be if you were 10% at for the slip and fall, and you were awarded $10,000, then that award would be reduced to $9,000 to account for your role in causing the accident.
Important Steps to Take for a Successful Claim
After your accident, the most important thing you can do for your case is make sure that you have evidence so that you can have a strong case. If you are in a public space like a store or shop, you should report the incident to the manager. Make sure you get it in writing that you were injured on the premises. If it was a friend or family member’s house, you should tell the owner of the property and get their insurance information. It might also be helpful to get photos of what caused your slip and fall. If there was liquid spilled on the grocery store floor, take a photo of that. If your friend’s driveway is uneven and caused you to trip, take a photo of it. Anything that seems important should be photographed.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
In a slip and fall, there is potential to need surgery and prolonged treatment. These injuries are no joke. These cases aren’t the same as when you trip over your own two feet and walk away without a scratch. Slip and falls can result in injuries that affect you for years to come. The most common types of injuries include:
- Slipped disc
- Spinal cord injury
- Concussion or contusion
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
The most important thing you can do for yourself after a slip and fall is to get to a medical professional to get your injuries checked out. Maybe you head to an emergency room if you see that as a necessity. You can also head to an urgent care or schedule an appointment with your primary physician right away. Do not avoid seeking medical attention. You don’t want to risk making your injuries worse. You also don’t want to give the insurance company a reason to throw out your case. They will try to say you don’t need compensation if you haven’t seen a doctor regardless if you are truly injured or not. They will need proof.
Avoiding the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
The insurance company for the liable party is not your friend. They will do whatever it takes to get your case thrown out or reduced. They have a bit of a harder job to get it thrown out because they will have to prove that you were 100% at fault for the accident, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try.
Shortly after the accident, they are going to contact you looking for a recorded statement. Even if they seem polite and helpful, they are not looking out for your best interest. They will ask you trick questions and get you to answer in a way that favors them, not you.
Call Our Office Today
When you are injured in a slip and fall, it is so important to get in contact with an experienced Arizona slip and fall lawyer as soon as you can. Please call our office today to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal options.