Premises Liability Overview
When someone enters your property, they have a reasonable expectation that they will not be injured. This means that it is up to the property owner to maintain a safe environment for his or her guests. This is “premises liability.” For example, if someone invites you over and you trip on a power cord by the front door, and the owner knew it was there and a potential hazard—you may have a personal injury claim for your injuries because of premises liability.
Premises liability isn’t just about dangerous conditions in the home. Injuries that happen anywhere where owners open their premises to the public may provide a basis to bring a premises liability claim.
The attorneys at Oracle Law Group are experienced in:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Hazardous building accidents
- Sidewalk accidents
- Slippery floor accidents
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Negligent security
To prove premises liability:
- The defendant or its employees created the dangerous condition; or
- Defendant or its employees actually knew of the condition (and had time to fix the condition or warn others of it).
- The condition existed for a length of time that defendant or its employees, in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known of it.
If you find that the defendant meets one of the three, and therefore had notice of the unreasonably dangerous condition and failed to use reasonable care to prevent the harm under the circumstances, then the defendant was negligent.
To recover in a premises liability case, you need to prove four elements:
- Liability: the defendant has to meet one of the 3 criteria listed above to be liable.
- Causation: the condition was the actual cause of the injury
- Damages: this includes medical costs, lost earnings, pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and disability.
- Ability to Pay: the ability of the responsible party to pay—whether the owner is adequately insured or can pay out of pocket.
How Beauchamp Law Can Help You
It is absolutely possible to settle without a lawyer. It is also a near absolute possibility that you will settle for less than you deserve. By hiring the Arizona premises liability attorneys of Oracle Law Group, you will have a more equitable outcome than you would taking on a massive insurance company on your own. Injuries resulting from a hazardous condition can range from small to devastating—so it’s crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney that understands the legal nuances involved in premises liability.
Many law firms will delegate case evaluations to paralegals and law clerks. Beauchamp law, however, guarantees that a licensed attorney will see your case through until you’ve received the compensation you are owed. One of our attorneys is also a Registered Nurse, giving Beauchamp law a unique insight into U.S. Health Law.
Beauchamp Law further promises to keep you up-to-date on the developments of your case, allowing you to make informed decisions in this difficult time. Remember, we don’t get paid unless you recover.
We serve clients in Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale and other cities throughout the State of Arizona.