We never expect to go shopping, out to eat, or out to visit a friend and get hurt on that property. However, when it happens, it’s handled under an area of law known as premises liability. If you are injured on another person’s property, you may be eligible to receive compensation. The Mesa premises liability lawyers of Hastings & Hastings can help.
Our Mesa personal injury attorneys are skilled and experienced in this area of law and can evaluate your case and build a strategy to you get the compensation you need and deserve for your injury. We have a deep understanding of this premises liability law and work hard to ensure that our clients get the justice they deserve. Call today to schedule your free case review.
Hiring a lawyer for a premises liability case is critical for several reasons, each contributing to the strength and success of your claim:
Understanding of Premises Liability Law: Premises liability law can be complex, with nuances that vary by jurisdiction. A lawyer with expertise in this area understands the legal standards property owners must meet to ensure the safety of their premises. We can effectively interpret and apply these laws to your specific case.
Determining and Proving Damages: Accurately calculating the damages you are entitled to, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, is a complex task. A lawyer can assess the full extent of your damages and gather the required evidence to substantiate your claim.
Dealing with Insurance Companies: Property owners’ insurance companies often handle premises liability claims and may attempt to minimize your compensation. An experienced lawyer can negotiate with these companies to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
Proving Negligence: To win a premises liability case, it’s essential to prove that the property owner was negligent. This involves showing that the owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition and failed to address it. A lawyer can gather the necessary evidence and construct a convincing argument to demonstrate this negligence.
Having a lawyer in a premises liability case provides you with the legal expertise, representation, and support necessary to navigate the legal system and maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.
Hiring Hastings & Hastings for your premises liability case offers several distinct advantages, making this a wise choice for legal representation in Arizona. With a solid track record and client-focused approach, here’s why you should consider us for your case:
Decades of Experience in Arizona: Hastings & Hastings has over 40 years of experience representing people in Arizona, coupled with 90 years of combined legal expertise. This extensive experience means we have a deep understanding of Arizona’s legal system, premises liability laws, and the nuances that can affect the outcome of your case.
No Fees Unless You Win: Understanding the financial strain a legal case can bring, we operate on a contingency fee basis. We will not charge you any fees unless we win your case. This policy alleviates the financial burden of upfront legal costs and aligns our interests with yours, as we are motivated to secure the best possible outcome for you.
Trusted by Clients: A significant portion of our business comes from repeat clients and referrals. This level of client trust and satisfaction speaks volumes about our commitment to quality legal representation and customer service. Choosing a firm with a strong reputation among its clients ensures that you are working with attorneys who are not only skilled but also dedicated to the clients’ best interests.
For help with any type of premises liability claim, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Premises liability is the responsibility of a property owner to maintain their property, which could be their land, their home, or even a business, in a way that is safe. Of course, that doesn’t mean the law in Arizona regarding premises liability is that straightforward. However, it does mean that people, including corporations, have a legal obligation to keep their property reasonably safe for those who are invited or welcome to be on the premises.
In Mesa, one of the most common premises liability claims is a slip and fall accident. However, that’s not the only common example. Others include:
It’s important that the proper defendant is named in your premises liability claim, especially if a lawsuit is filed. There could even be more than one defendant, depending on the facts of your case. In a slip and fall that occurred in a retail space, for example, it could be that the manager and an employee are both responsible for your injuries if they knew of the wet or slippery floor and chose to not follow the store policy and place signs or follow the other protocols. The store owner may also be liable.
If there’s improper lighting and you’re injured, it could be that the person in charge of ensuring proper lighting is the defendant. It could be the light manufacturer if the light fixture or other parts are defective.
In premises liability cases, victims who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of property owners or managers may be entitled to recover various types of damages. These damages are intended to compensate the victim for losses incurred as a result of the injury. The recoverable damages in premises liability cases typically include:
Medical Expenses: Compensation for all medical costs associated with the injury, including hospital bills, doctor visits, physical therapy, medication, and any future medical care required due to the injury.
Lost Wages: Reimbursement for income lost due to the inability to work while recovering from the injury. This also includes compensation for lost earning capacity if the injury affects the victim’s ability to work in the future.
Physical and Emotional Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress endured as a result of the injury. This can include ongoing discomfort, anxiety, trauma, and other psychological impacts.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Damages for the loss of enjoyment of life, which refers to the diminished quality of life and inability to engage in hobbies, activities, or other pleasures the victim enjoyed before the injury.
Disability or Disfigurement: Compensation for any permanent disability or disfigurement resulting from the injury, including physical impairments and scarring.
Property Damage: If personal property was damaged during the incident that caused the injury, compensation for repair or replacement of the property may be included.
Punitive Damages: In cases where the property owner’s conduct was particularly egregious or reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the offender and deter similar conduct in the future.
“…the only means by which a plaintiff is likely to meet the punitive damage standard in a negligence action is by demonstrating that the outrageousness of the defendant’s conduct is such that the defendant had an “evil mind” when engaging in such conduct—in other words, that the defendant showed a conscious and deliberate disregard of the interests and rights of others. This can be shown, for example, by a pattern of dishonest or fraudulent conduct, or when the tort is committed for an outrageous purpose.”
The specific types and amounts of damages vary based on the severity of the injury, the circumstances of the incident, and the laws of the jurisdiction where the case is filed. An experienced premises liability attorney can help assess and quantify these damages to ensure victims receive fair compensation.
Choosing the right Mesa premises liability attorney for your claim is crucial. Make sure they have the experience and knowledge of the law to help you get the results you need. There are deadlines to meet. There could be more than one defendant. Ask for references. Make sure that you get along well with the lawyer and the staff. The Mesa premises liability lawyers at Hastings & Hastings provide free consultations. Schedule yours today when you contact our office.