Retail Store Slip and Fall Accidents in Phoenix, AZ

Retail stores and restaurants can only survive if people feel invited to enter their premises. Therefore, there are few types of business establishments that must be kept safer than these two, especially when one considers the inherent dangers of heavy foot traffic. Unfortunately, Arizona slip and fall accidents occur with alarming regularity, and when they do those who have been harmed need to seek the help of experienced Phoenix premises liability lawyers. Below is a look at each type of business and the dangers involved.

Arizona Retail Store Slip and Fall Injuries

Retail stores are filled with racks of items that people will peruse, and successful retail outlets feature walkways and aisles that can seem like the downtown of a major city. With all of these people and all of these items being moved, it’s highly common for items to wind up on the floor, for shelves to come loose and for other substances to be spilled on the floors. All of these factors lead to slip and fall accidents, and when this occurs those who have suffered an injury need to immediately report the incident to the manager on duty. This could be a critical step towards preserving evidence if a legal claim is to be filed.

Slip and Fall Accidents in AZ Restaurants

Successful restaurants are constantly teeming with people and with activity, including patrons who are coming and going, sitting and standing as well as restaurant staff sometimes running through the dining hall with enormous trays of food and drinks. With all of this commotion, it’s easy to understand how people can suffer serious slip and fall injuries if even one item is left on the floor for too long. The injuries that can be suffered can be extremely serious, and some slip and falls can be deadly.

The bottom line is that those who are in charge of restaurants and retail stores are responsible for the safety of the customers and patrons they invite. If they fail to maintain a safe premises and people are hurt as a result, it can lead to liability in the form of an Arizona personal injury lawsuit. If you or someone you love has been harmed in such an incident, seek the help of a Phoenix injury attorney at Phillips Law Group today by scheduling a free initial consultation.

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Even in the age of online shopping, research has found that 54 percent of US consumers still prefer brick-and-mortar retail. There’s something about the tactile experience of shopping in person that we still love, and there are few better feelings than snagging a fantastic bargain. Yet, sometimes a trip to a retail store becomes memorable for all the wrong reasons, sadly enough.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “slips, trips, and falls are the most common causes of injuries in retail stores.” Some slip-and-fall accidents cause serious injuries, leaving customers requiring emergency medical attention. The effects of your injuries may last for months, years, or even the rest of your life.

In this situation, you need qualified legal support sooner rather than later. The committed Phillips Law Group is here to help. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys has a proven track record of delivering excellent results for our clients, winning over $1 billion in compensation over the last 30 years.

Talk to one of our slip-and-fall accident lawyers by calling (602) 222-2222. Alternatively, complete our online form, and we’ll contact you to schedule a meeting.

Understanding Premises Liability Law

Slip-and-fall accident cases come under an area of law known as premises liability. Simply put, this means that the owners and occupiers of a property have a responsibility to take reasonable measures to prevent injuries to people who visit. Most visitors to retail stores are there at the operator’s invitation, but there are other categories of visitors to consider.

Duty to invitees
Retail store operators essentially invite customers to visit their stores, browse, and make purchases. As soon as we cross the threshold, the duty of care toward us as invitees begins.

This duty of care includes:
Ensuring the property is safe
Warning invitees of any potential dangers on the property
Ensuring that employees do not create dangerous conditions

Duty to licensees
A licensee is on the premises but is not there to do business. So if a retail store operator holds a private party at the store for an employee and invites friends and family, they may be considered licensees. The store operator has the same duty of care to both licensees and invitees.

Duty to trespassers
Under Arizona’s Trespasser Responsibility Act, the possessor of a property does not have a duty of care toward trespassers. The only exception is that store operators must refrain from causing willful or wanton injury to the trespasser. There are also specific laws around avoiding harm to child trespassers.

What could constitute a breach of the business owner’s duty of care?

Causes of Retail Store Slip-and-Fall Accidents

First, you need to identify what caused your accident. Taking photographs at the scene, accessing CCTV footage, and talking to eyewitnesses may help. If you hire a Phillips Law Group premises liability attorney, he or she will conduct a thorough investigation to identify the cause.

Dangerous floors
Walk into most retail stores and you’ll see a shiny, polished floor. This may look great, but it can become lethal as soon as it gets wet. Therefore, business owners need to post wet floor signs to warn customers of dangers due to cleaning, spills, or runoff from rain or snow.

Business operators should also have protocols in place and train employees to follow them. Additional safety measures can be taken, such as putting extra mats down during inclement weather.

Improper maintenance
Retail store operators and owners must carry out regular inspections to ensure their properties are safe. If potential hazards are identified, signs should be put up and arrangements made for necessary maintenance.

Some potential risks include:

Worn, frayed, torn, or curling carpeting
Cracked, broken, or loose tiles
Cracked concrete on exterior walkways
Poorly maintained stairways

In some stores with a high turnover of items, it’s unavoidable that employees will need to restock the racks during working hours. However, training is needed to do this safely. Otherwise, cardboard boxes, packing materials, inventory, hangers, and other items can become trip hazards.

Business owners also need to ensure that stockrooms are kept tidy to reduce the risk of accidents for employees. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall incident while working in a retail store, our workers’ compensation lawyers may be able to help you.

Poor lighting
Unlike supermarkets, retail stores often employ softer lighting to create a more relaxed ambiance. The problem is that this can make it harder to spot potential slip and trip hazards. Business owners must find the right balance between creating a mood and keeping guests safe.

So how can you prove that the store operator or owner was liable in premises liability cases?

Proving Liability in Retail Store Accidents

Proving liability can be complicated as there may be more than one potential source of damages. For example, the retail store owner is often different from the business owner. However, both parties may have responsibilities for maintaining the premises.

If the property owner fails to inspect the premises and carry out necessary maintenance, he or she might be liable. Yet, if the business owner knew about a hazard, failed to address it, or did not provide the proper training to the employees, he or she may also be liable. Your attorney will also consider how predictable the accident was and whether the defendants took reasonable steps to keep the premises safe.

Whichever party or parties are responsible, a premises liability lawyer must establish that:

The liable party was responsible for the property at the time of the accident
He or she breached the duty of care through negligence or recklessness
Our personal injury attorneys can conduct an investigation to demonstrate liability and how the negligence caused your injuries. He or she may use the following evidence:

Photographs from the scene
Store surveillance camera footage
Eyewitness testimony
Medical records
Expert witnesses
After building a solid case, our attorneys will calculate damages for the losses you have experienced.

Damages in Slip and Fall Cases

Damages vary from case to case, depending on the severity of the injuries and the defendant’s level of liability. For example, Phillips Law Group has secured settlements of $450,000 and more in slip and fall cases. So you can rest assured that our personal injury attorneys will fight for the best possible settlement for your case.

Economic Damages
Slip-and-fall accidents can put you under considerable financial pressure. You can seek compensation for losses such as:

Medical expenses
Lost earnings
New expenses, such as caretakers, childcare, and yard work due to no longer being able to care for these tasks yourself
Loss of future earning potential
However, there are other losses that are more challenging to evidence on paper.

Non-economic losses
Serious injuries cause losses that go beyond the financial. These losses could include:

Pain and suffering
Mental distress
Loss of enjoyment of family life
An experienced slip-and-fall accident attorney will consider the full impact of your accident when calculating a fair settlement. However, you need to act fast, as in Arizona, you must file a claim within 2 years of the date of the accident.

Trust Phillips & Associates to Seek the Compensation You Deserve

Slip-and-fall accidents in retail stores can be very complicated. Insurance companies may try to pressure you into taking a lowball settlement or try to convince you that you don’t have a case. Dispel your doubts by talking to a qualified premises liability attorney with Phillips Law Group.

Our lawyers are 100-percent on your side. We will listen carefully to your story and explain your legal options. When we agree to take on your case, we will use all our resources to achieve the best outcome for you.