Property owners have a duty to maintain a safe premises so that those who have a right to be there remain unharmed. However, there are times when the negligent actions of a property owner or manager lead to individuals sustaining injuries. Here, our Phoenix premises liability attorneys examine some of the most common types of premises liability claims that arise in Arizona.
Slip and Fall Incidents
The National Floor Safety Institute indicates that slip and fall incidents typically account for approximately one million emergency room visits every year, which equates to around 12% of all total falls that result in hospitalizations. Our slip and fall attorneys in Phoenix handle these incidents which are often caused by property owners failing to clean up spills or failing to remove known slip and fall hazards from an area.
Swimming Pool or Hot Tub Injuries
Information presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that there are around 4,000 unintentional drownings that occur each year, along with 8,000 non-fatal drownings. Swimming pools are common places where these drownings occur, and the most likely age range to be affected are children aged 1 through 14. Unattended pools and hot tubs, along with areas that do not have proper fencing, often lead to unintentional child injuries in these areas.
Property owners must understand the security measures needed to keep guests on their premises safe. This can include safety measures such as security guards and can also include having adequate surveillance systems as well as proper locking of windows and doors. Proper security measures will vary depending on the type of location. For example, a hotel will likely need to have different types of security than an apartment complex or nightclub.
All stairways accessible to the public or individuals who have a right to be on a person’s property must be properly maintained. Unfortunately, loose stairs, a lack of proper railings, a lack of grip tape on the stairs, and other common oversights could lead to significant injuries on a stairway.
Elevator or Escalator Incidents
Elevators and escalators must be regularly inspected and maintained. The Industrial Commission of Arizona is responsible for elevator and escalator safety, and they often use third-party inspectors to ensure that business owners and government entities comply with safety regulations.
Amusement Park or Ride Injuries
All amusement park rides must comply with safety regulations put forth by Arizona law. Additionally, the areas surrounding the rides must also be safe for those who have a right to be at the amusement park area. Unfortunately, individuals can sustain severe injuries on rides that are not properly inspected and maintained or if the individuals operating the rides are not trained to do so properly.
Dog Bite Incidents
Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pets. If a dog bites another individual in Arizona, dog owners are responsible for paying for the victim’s medical bills. Our Phoenix dog bite attorneys have seen these incidents occur in a variety of locations, including dog parks, on public sidewalks or roadways, and even in a person’s home.
Exposure to electricity can occur in many different ways and in various settings. Electricity exposure can occur because individuals fail to properly wire outlets or if they leave exposed wires in areas where individuals have access to.