If you slip and fall in an Arizona store, do you have a claim or lawsuit? If so, who would be responsible for your injuries?
These can feel like very large questions, especially when you’re already struggling to recover from your injuries.
While an Arizona attorney is the best person to consult about your specific case and your needs, understanding the basic guidelines of Arizona slip and fall law when it comes to injuries in stores can also help you plan your next step.
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall in an Arizona Store
If you or someone you care about has fallen while shopping or visiting a store in Arizona:
Seek medical attention.
Some slip and fall injuries are obvious the moment they happen. Others take a few hours or days to become apparent. In both cases, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as you can. Your doctor can perform an examination, provide help with symptoms, schedule imaging or visits with specialists, and create a record you can use to build your case for compensation.
Examine the area and talk to witnesses.
If you’re still in the store, look around to see what might have caused the accident. Spills are a common cause of injury in stores, but broken flooring or objects like boxes can also cause a fall. Talk to any witnesses who saw you fall or who came to your aid immediately after the fall, and ask for their contact information.
If you didn’t have a chance to take these steps when you were injured, contact the store as soon as you can. Ask for a copy of any incident or accident report that the store made. Don’t try to negotiate with them, and don’t talk about your injuries; just ask for the paperwork and write down the name and contact information of each person you speak to.
Start a journal.
Use a notebook or a computer file to keep a journal or log in the days following the accident. Start each entry by writing down the date and time. For your first entry, add the date, time and place of your accident, then write down everything you can remember. The sooner you take this step, the easier it will be to record details before they slip from your memory.
In the days and weeks that follow the accident, make an entry whenever you do something related to the accident or injury. For instance, write down each doctor’s visit or communication you have with the store. Your journal can help you remember important tasks, and it can also help provide evidence to build your case for compensation.
Stick to the facts.
After your injury, an insurance representative or a person representing the store may try to contact you. Remember: This person’s first job is to protect the store, not to protect you. Be polite, but stick to the facts: The date, time and place and your injuries.
Once you begin working with a lawyer of your own, you can simply give these representatives your lawyer’s name and phone number. Your attorney will handle communications with them so that you can focus on healing.
What Happens in an Arizona Slip and Fall Case in a Store?
In an Arizona slip and fall case involving a store, your lawyer will typically look for answers to four specific questions:
- Did the store or another party (like a janitorial service) have a legal duty to prevent this type of injury?
- Did that party fail to meet that duty?
- Were your injuries caused by that party’s failure to meet that duty?
- Are your injuries the kind that can be compensated by a slip and fall lawsuit?
Because the facts of each slip and fall injury are different, the answers to these four questions are never identical in any two cases. It’s essential to talk to a lawyer about your own case in order to understand how these questions can be answered by the facts and evidence surrounding your unique injuries.
If your lawyer can prove in court that the answer to all four questions is “Yes,” the case will then focus on how much compensation you’re entitled to receive. Damages in a slip and fall case typically cover a wide range of losses. These include both easy-to-calculate losses like medical bills and lost wages, and harder-to-calculate losses like pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life. Your lawyer can help you determine which damages are available in your case and what amount of compensation is fair.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, don’t hesitate to speak with a Folger Law – Slip and Fall Lawyer. Here at the Folger Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping our clients seek the compensation they deserve.
We work on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay fees unless we recover for you.
Contact us today to learn more.
Folger Law Firm – Slip & Fall Lawyers
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