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Establishing liability after a slip-and-fall injury

Property managers in Arizona have a duty to their guests to maintain safe premises and remove any known dangers. Property owners should also post signs if a danger is present so that guests can avoid getting hurt by it. When a property owner fails to fulfill this duty to his or her property visitors, resulting injuries could give rise to a premises liability claim.

In Arizona, premises liability plaintiffs generally need to prove one of the following facts in their lawsuits:

  • The property owner or the property owner's employee should have known about the danger that caused the injuries -- or any reasonable person would have known about it -- and corrected it to prevent injuries.
  • The property owner and/or the property owner's employees actually knew about the danger and failed to correct it.
  • The property owner and/or the property owner's employees caused the danger to exist on the premises and failed to correct it.

In determining liability, the following question is vital: "What would a reasonable person have done in a similar circumstance?" By answering this question related to the owner and/or property manager, injured plaintiffs can gain a sense for the potential strength and or weakness of their claim for damages.

If successfully navigated, a premises liability claim can be helpful to plaintiffs when it comes to paying for the costs of their medical and other financial damages. If you have questions about your potential lawsuit related to an injury suffered on someone else's property in Arizona, our Maricopa law office is available to help. We will listen to your story and advise you of your legal rights and options.

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