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Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers 

Slip and fall lawyer in ArizonaIt is far more common to be injured in a slip and fall accident than you may think. Even though these claims have negative stigmas associated with them, the injuries from these types of incidents are often quite serious. Slipping and falling leads to hundreds, maybe even thousands of severe injuries each year. Many victims die as a result of slip and fall injuries. If you or someone you love has been victimized in a slip and fall incident, you need the skilled representation of a Phoenix slip and fall lawyer. At Cantor Injury Lawyers we are highly trained in dealing with these types of cases, those leading to accidental personal injuries. 

The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) is a research, education and safety standard organization aiding in prevention of slip and fall accidents. According to the NSFI, about eight million Americans suffer slip and fall incidents each year, visiting a hospital or emergency department due to their injuries. More of the injured victims are women than men, with about two million of these falls being caused by improperly maintained flooring or loose floor coverings. The majority of workers’ compensation claims for workplace injuries are due to employee slip and fall incidents.  

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Statistics of State and National Slip and Fall Incidents 

  • Over one million people are substantially injured due to slips and falls in the United States each year 
  • Almost 17,000 people each year suffer catastrophic slip and fall injuries 
  • One fourth of all serious injuries in the workplace are due to slips and falls 
  • Only auto accidents rank higher than slip and fall accidents as causes of accidental deaths in the United States 
  • More workers die in slip and fall accidents than due to any other cause of accidental death in the workplace 
  • It costs an average of more than $30,000 to medically treat a slip and fall injury 

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Safety Council update these statistics each year. The NSFI reports that people aged 60 or older are the ones most likely to suffer slip and fall injuries in commercial locations outside of the home. By the end of 2019, more than 70 million people are expected to be aged 60 or older, meaning even more slip and fall injuries will occur. 

Slip and Fall Legal Liability 

Slip and fall cases are controlled under the law of negligence. Within the law of negligence exists the law of premises liability. Under premises liability, an owner or occupier of property can be held liable for the injuries of others suffered on their property. When someone claims a premises liability injury, they must prove their case by a “preponderance of evidence.” This means they must show the likelihood is greater than not that the premises defect caused their injuries. Criminal cases require a higher burden of proof than these cases, under the rule of “beyond a reasonable doubt.” 

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Arizona Slip and Fall Accident Types 

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. But there are times and places where these accidents are more common. Below are some examples of scenarios or places where these accidents are more likely to happen: 

  • Workplace 
  • Someone else’s business property 
  • Baseball, soccer, football or sporting events 
  • Music concerts 
  • Overcrowded public spaces or venues 
  • Your own home
  • Friend or family member’s home 
  • Shopping centers and retail stores 

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents 

Slip and fall attorneyThere are many circumstances and conditions that may lead to slip and fall injury. Below are some examples of such hazards: 

  • Wet floors 
  • Railings or stairs in disrepair 
  • Low or insufficient lighting 
  • Cluttered walkways 
  • Inadequate warning signs 
  • Frayed electrical cords 

When unsafe conditions are obvious and in clear view, the property owner may not be fully liable in a slip and fall accident. But your claim is likely reasonable if the property owner knew about the problem or caused slip and fall conditions, without posting warning signs or barriers. 

The following evidence will help determine if a property owner was negligent and caused a slip and fall accident:

  • Pictures or video showing the dangerous condition
  • Injuries resulting from the fall
  • Proving that the property owner knew about the danger
  • Incident reports
  • Testimony from witnesses

An experienced Cantor Injury Lawyers slip and fall attorney representing injured victims will investigate the circumstances of the incident and use the evidence and law to build a strong case.

Below is some of the evidence used to determine whether the property owner is negligent in a slip and fall accident: 

  • Photos or videos of the dangerous conditions 
  • Injuries caused by the slip and fall 
  • Proof of the property owner’s knowledge of the danger 
  • Incident reports 
  • Witness testimony 
  • Evidence from an investigation led by the experienced Cantor Injury Lawyers representing the injured victim 

Standards of Negligence 

The victim’s presence on the property where the slip and fall occurred must be explained for the discovery of which negligence standard applies to the case. As an example, a worker injured in a workplace slip and fall due to dangerous conditions may have two legal options: 

  • To file a claim for workers’ compensation to gain benefits under Arizona law as is provided to injured workers not injured due to their own fault 
  • To file a personal injury lawsuit due to property owners’ negligence 

If the injured person was on someone else’s property when the slip and fall occurred, the first question that must be answered is that of legal status of the injured person. There are several types of legal status. These include: 

  • Invitee: A person who is invited – whether expressly or through implied consent – to conduct business on another party’s property. There is a high degree of protection for invitees, including protection from dangerous conditions, including being warned of the presence of danger when the issue cannot be immediately repaired. 
  • Licensee: A person invited onto the property of another party for non-business purposes, such as for socialization. Licensees are legally protected from dangerous conditions and must be warned if the danger cannot be repaired in reasonable time. 
  • Trespasser: A trespasser is someone on another party’s property illegally, without permission. This means the trespasser is not owed a duty of protection from dangerous conditions by the property owner. There are exceptions to this, such as when the trespasser is expected by the property owner or the trespasser is attracted onto the property, such as in the case of small children being attracted. 

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Why You Need a Phoenix Slip and Fall Injury Attorney 

Slip and fall injuries are serious matters for everyone involved. These cases involve complex litigation and it can be difficult to gain compensation for sustained injuries without a lawyer’s help. This is why, if you or a loved one has been received injuries from a slip and fall incident, you need to contact the experienced slip and fall injury lawyers at the Cantor Team right away. Call Cantor Injury Lawyers now at (602) 254-2701 or fill out our Online Contact Form to schedule an initial consultation. 

 

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