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Premises Liability

Phoenix Premises Liability Lawyers

Strong representation when a property owner’s negligence causes injuries

A property owner has a legal duty to keep their premises safe. This means they must make routine inspections of their property. They must repair and fix known dangers in a timely manner or provide an adequate warning to visitors. Property owners must respond to complaints about known risks, including security risks. The duty of care applies to for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, and any premises that are open to the public. In certain situations, this legal duty may even extend to trespassers.

Every day, innocent people are seriously injured by the negligent actions of property owners. At Plattner Verderame, P.C., our experienced Phoenix premises liability lawyers help severely injured parties hold property owners accountable. Accountability means paying compensation for all your financial damages and all your personal damages including your pain and suffering. If you were seriously injured on another’s property, contact our office today for a free consultation.

How can we help?

What types of premises liability claims do you handle?

When you visit someone’s property, the last thing you expect is to sustain a life-changing injury. Unfortunately, in the blink of an eye, a property owner’s negligence can cause you serious physical and mental trauma.

The following are some examples of premises liability cases routinely handled by our team:

  • Slip and fallsSlip and falls (or trip and falls) are common causes of premises liability injuries. When property owners fail to maintain their walkways in an appropriate manner, it can create hazards for visitors, both invited and uninvited. While many of these incidents only result in superficial injuries, others result in severe harm.
  • Negligent security. Certain property owners are required to maintain adequate security for their premises. For example, when you stay at a hotel or visit a nightclub, you want to be safe from incidents like assault, robbery, and rape. When these establishment owners fail to provide an adequate level of security, they may be liable for any injuries you sustain.
  • Swimming pool accidents. Swimming pool owners must take measures to secure their premises from uninvited guests, and also protect welcomed guests from harm. Proper fencing and floating devices help promote safety. However, when severe injuries occur, or someone tragically drowns, our knowledgeable Phoenix premises liability attorneys fight for just compensation.
  • Dog bites or attacks. Many people end up in hospitals each year because of dog bites. In Arizona, you have only one year to file a claim for a dog bite or attack if you want strict liability to apply. If you sustain an injury because of a charging dog, you may also be eligible for damages, even if you were not bitten.
  • Resort and tourism injuries. Arizona may be the prettiest place in the country, so our tourism business is thriving. You can sustain serious injuries on our golf courses, while skydiving, at our spas or in hot air balloons, and our team has the skills and experience you need to help you if you are hurt.
  • Gun-related injuries. Accidental shootings, acts of domestic violence, hunting accidents, even defective guns – any of these could lead to a life-threatening injury caused by a firearm. Whether the injury was caused by an act of negligence by the owner or by a third party, our Phoenix gun accident lawyers may be able to help.
  • Falling merchandise.When you visit the local grocery for your weekly necessities, you probably do not expect to be hit with falling merchandise. Especially in retail situations, negligent product stacking can create a significant danger for visitors and customers. Falling items can lead to traumatic brain injuries or fractured bones.
  • Escalator and elevator injuries. Owners must also ensure that all escalators and elevators located on their property are in proper working order. Defects or glitches can severely injure visitors who unknowingly utilize this equipment.

Our Phoenix premises liability attorneys understand the many steps that property owners should take to prevent these accidents.


What duty of care does a property owner owe to people who visit or use their property?

Retail stores, restaurants, motels, professional offices, community organizations, and all businesses throughout Arizona owe a duty of care to the people who are legally on their premises. Generally, you can file a claim if the following conditions are true.

  • You had a legal right to be on the property. For example, you booked a night in a hotel, you were shopping for new clothes, you were just browsing in a store, or any other legitimate reason. Generally, visitors are classified as follows:
    • These are people who the owner invites onto the property to buy or use the products or services the owner is offering.
    • Anyone who has a right to be on the property but isn’t there for a commercial reason – such as someone who uses the property owner’s sidewalk or is just waiting for a friend who is buying an item.
    • No duty is owed to anyone who does not have a right to be on the property. Property owners may be liable to children who are “attracted to nuisances” on the property such as swimming pools or trampolines – even if the child is a trespasser. Property owners cannot maliciously injure trespassers.
  • The owner (or another responsible party) breached their duty of care. A breach can involve a failure to repair a known danger or a danger that should have been known if the owner had inspected the property. Breaches can also include a failure to warn a customer or visitor of any known dangers such as spills, broken tiles, or escalators than need repairs. Breaches can also include any other reasonable actions or failures to reasonably act by the owner to protect the safety of anyone rightfully on the property.
  • The breach of the duty of care must cause your injuries. For example, you can file a claim if a slip and fall causes you to break your leg.
  • You must have some damage. Damages include all your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other types of damages.

In addition to public and private business and organization owners, homeowners may be liable if they invite someone into their home or if the homeowner fails to repair or clean the sidewalks if the sidewalk is broken or there is a snowstorm.

Dangerous conditions may include spilled liquids, torn carpets, items that aren’t properly shelved, rain and snow at property entrances, poor lighting, loose wires, debris, and many other conditions.



What types of injuries do victims suffer in premises liability accidents?

Our Phoenix premises liability lawyers are skilled at handling all types of catastrophic, permanent, and serious injuries including:

There is surely no loss greater than the life of your loved one. In many cases, victims of catastrophic injuries will eventually succumb to them, leaving their loved ones with substantial medical bills and expenses, all while they try to handle their grief over their loss. We file wrongful death claims on behalf of the families of Phoenix premises liability victims.


Who is liable for a Phoenix premises liability accident?

The defendants in a premises liability case in Phoenix may include owners, landlords, tenants, parent companies, maintenance companies, security companies, repair companies, and many others.

How much time do I have to file my premises liability claim in Phoenix?

Generally, all personal injury claims including premises liability claims must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. Our investigators need to speak with witnesses and examine the accident site quickly. We need to seek discovery of any notices about the dangerous condition sent to the property owner or any building code violations as soon as we can. Don’t wait the two years. Contact us immediately after an accident on someone else’s property.

Do you have a Phoenix premises liability lawyer near me?

At Plattner Verderame, P.C., our premises liability lawyers meet clients at our Phoenix office located at 316 E Flower St. We also have an office in Tempe. When necessary, we meet clients at their homes or a healthcare facility. Video conference discussions by appointment are also an option.

Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers understand the unique legal, medical, and practical issues involved in premises liability claims. We’ll guide you each step of the way through the claims process.


A law firm you can count on to hold all liable parties accountable

For more than 30 years, Plattner Verderame, P.C. has been fighting for the rights of the injured. Each member of our firm offers the highest level of commitment to those we serve. Severe injuries bring about serious financial challenges, so we fight to secure fair compensation for each and every one of our clients. Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Phoenix premises liability attorney.

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Phoenix Office

316 E Flower St.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-266-2002