If you slipped and fell on another person’s property in Arizona, you may be able to pursue financial damages to cover your injuries and losses. This is because, in Arizona, property owners must keep their property reasonably safe. If they do not, slip and fall accident victims may be able to pursue legal action against the property owner.
However, to better help you understand your legal options after a Yuma slip and fall, in the below guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about these types of accidents.
Determining Fault Following a Yuma Slip and Fall
A Yuma slip and fall claim will almost always be a negligence claim. Consequently, to establish fault following a slip and fall, the victim of the accident needs to prove the following:
- The defendant owed the victim a duty of care.
- The defendant breached this duty of care.
- The victim’s injuries were the result of the defendant’s breach
- The victim suffered an actual injury.
Yet, while the focus of most slip and fall cases is the defendant’s duty and whether they breached it, the extent of this duty will actually depend on the status of the visitor on the property, which can fit into one of the following categories:
A business invitee is a person who enters the property of another for business purposes, such as a customer looking to buy something in a store. In these instances, the property owner owes the invitee a duty of “reasonable care” to keep the property reasonably safe.
A licensee is a person who enters another person’s property with their permission. However, these individuals are entering the property for their own purpose.
In these situations, the property owner needs to warn the licensee of dangerous conditions on the property that create an unreasonable risk of harm if the property owner knows about the condition or the licensee is not likely to discover it.
A trespasser is an individual who enters another person’s property without their permission. As a result, property owners do not owe a trespasser any duty of care unless the trespasser is a child. In those situations, the property owner must exercise reasonable care to avoid a foreseeable risk of harm to children caused by artificial land conditions.
Financial Damages You Can Pursue
If you pursue a premises liability claim, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Medical treatments
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages
However, to know what damages you can obtain following a Yuma premises slip and fall accident, consider discussing your accident with a Yuma slip and fall accident attorney. These legal professionals can figure out what types of damages you can go after and help you fight for maximum compensation.
Contact Territorial Law, LLC, and Figure Out Your Legal Options After a Yuma Slip and Fall Accident
If you or a loved one were harmed in a Yuma slip and fall accident, contact Territorial Law, LLC today to schedule a free case consultation, or call us at 928-766-4705 and let us review your case and determine your legal options.