After a slip and fall injury, it can be difficult to get anyone to take responsibility for the dangerous conditions. Those responsible may try and make the victim look like the one who was at fault. The victim should not have to pay for the negligent actions of another. If you were injured in a slip and fall injury, you need to make sure the person responsible for the accident is held accountable.
We encounter hazardous conditions every day, many of them created by someone else's negligence. It may involve a liquid spill in the grocery store, a dropped ice cream cone on the sidewalk, or a spilled soda on the street car, but all of these can create a dangerous risk of a slip and fall injury. It is the responsibility of the owner of a business or property to make sure they are not putting customers and pedestrians at risk of an injury.
Under the law, individuals are protected against the negligence of others. Property owners and business owners owe the public and their customers a duty of care, to make sure they are not harmed by hazardous conditions. When a business does not clean up a spill, or does not warn others against possible harm, they may be held liable for any injuries that result.
Slip and fall injuries may be minor, but they often result in more serious injuries, including neck and back injuries, head trauma, broken bones, and even death. A puddle on the ground may not appear very dangerous, but if someone slipped on the liquid, and fell backward, it is easy to see how they could hit their head on the ground, causing serious injury. This is why it is so important for property owners, businesses and others to maintain a safe environment.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit after a slip and fall, you will make sure that the person responsible for the accident has to pay for the damages. This will also help others in the future by making sure the defendant does not allow dangerous conditions to persist. This is why it is important to contact your Tucson slip and fall attorneys as soon as possible, to make sure you file your claim in time.
The statute of limitations is the time limit to file a legal claim for damages. Under the Arizona Revised Statutes 12-542, most personal injury cases, including slip and fall injuries, have to be filed within two years. This generally means that you only have two years after a slip and fall accident to file a legal claim. However, if you are making a claim against a state or government agency, the time limit is much shorter.
Slip and fall injuries can occur while getting onto the city bus or streetcar, in a government office, or while on city property. If you slipped and fell on state, city, or other government property, you only have 180 days to file a “Notice of Claim.” If you don't file your claim in time, your claim may be dismissed. Make sure you contact your attorney in time, so that you can be compensated for your injuries.
At West, Longenbaugh and Zickerman, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help individuals and families throughout Tucson. The legal process can be difficult to navigate, and we will make sure you understand all of your options, every step of the way. If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, contact us today. We will make sure you get the compensation you deserve.