Nobody wakes up and thinks they are going to get seriously injured walking down the sidewalk to work. However, it happens more than you may think, and if you find yourself in a situation where you had a slip and fall accident, you may be wondering if you are entitled to compensation. There are specific guidelines in Arizona that will determine such matters. If you were involved in a sidewalk accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the main causes of slip and fall sidewalk accidents?
There are a number of factors contributing to slip and fall accidents. Here is a list of some:
- Weather conditions: while the state of Arizona is not particularly known for black ice, it does happen, and if you are injured because of it, you may be entitled to compensation
- Surface problems
- Loose debris may also cause injuries if someone trips over it
- Hazardous materials
If you slip and fall on the sidewalk, the effects may be as severe as certain car accidents. From slip and fall sidewalk accidents alone, people are known to suffer:
- Broken bones
- Pulled muscles
- Torn ligaments
- Damaged skin tissue
- Cuts and bruises that require stitches
If you have sustained any of these injuries, you are most likely wondering what you can do to receive compensation. In order to receive financial compensation in a slip and fall case, you must first prove another party’s negligence.
How do I prove another party’s negligence was the cause of my injuries?
In Arizona, the law states that sidewalks should be maintained by either the adjacent property owner or the municipality that owns them. In the event that you slip and fall because a property owner failed to address dangerous conditions present on the sidewalk, you should be entitled to compensation. In order to prove that another property owner was negligent, you should do your best to obtain video evidence of the incident or its aftermath. It may also help to take pictures of the hazardous conditions that led to your injuries. Additionally, it is critical that you receive the necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. A medical professional will provide you with documentation depicting the extent of your injuries, which you may also use to prove your claim. Lastly, if there are other people around at the time of your accident, do not hesitate to approach them and ask for their contact information. They may agree to help verify your claim.
Contact our Arizona firm
The legal team at Weintraub & Weintraub has years of experience representing clients who have been injured in accidents due to the negligence of others as well as those who are facing charges of driving under the influence. If you need strong legal representation, contact our firm today.