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Businesses, landlords, and homeowners are responsible for maintaining their
property in a reasonably safe condition for guests. When someone is injured
or killed due to dangerous property conditions, it is important to find
out what the property owner did, if anything, to protect his or her guests
from harm. The property owner can be held responsible if there is proof
to show negligence on their part. This careless action must have been
the direct reason for the person's injuries or death. Should you have
suffered this type of injury or lost a loved one due to someone else's
negligence, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit.
By taking this course of legal action, you may be able to retain financial
assistance to cover pain and suffering, emotional stress, medical bills,
lost wages, and other damages depending on the case.
Drowning – According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),
Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in America.
An average of 10 people die each day from drowning, and children younger
than 14 years old represent 20% of those victims. But for every child
that dies from drowning, there are 5 more that require emergency medical
care, and half of those require hospitalization or even more advanced
and specialized care for non-fatal injuries such as severe brain damage,
memory problems, learning disabilities and permanent loss of basic functioning
(i.e., permanent vegetative status.) Some drowning incidents are a result
of negligence on the part of the land owner or occupier, such as: lack
of pool fencing, gates, locks, pool covers and other barriers to entry;
lack of supervision and failure to supply and require life jackets, water
wings, life rings, ladders and other personal flotation devices and exit devices.
Drowning can even occur when the pool is equipped with faulty or dangerous
filtering and suction drains, including missing or broken drain covers.
Examples of Defective Property - Almost any dangerous property condition can cause injuries or death.
Our clients include people and families who have been hurt or killed because of:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites or mauling
- Unlocked or unsupervised swimming pools - drowning
- Improper and inadequate lighting
- Improper security in areas that have a history or crime and assaults
- Sexual assaults
- Assault and battery
- Broken sidewalks, stairs, steps and dangerous stairwells that cause accidents
- Missing stair rails or uneven steps
- Unfilled holes
- Falling merchandise in stores
- Fires and explosions
- Wet and slippery floors that cause slip and fall injuries
- Pavement cracks and breaks
- Malfunctioning elevators and escalators
- Failure to warn of a hazardous or dangerous property condition
- Attractive nuisances that injure children
- Exposure to hazardous materials on the property
In cases involving premises liability, a plaintiff must prove that the
property owner either failed to safely maintain the property; created
unsafe conditions which caused the injury; knew about a dangerous hazard
and failed to warn visitors or tenants of the hazard; permitted an unsafe
hazard to exist on his property that he should have known would be an
"attractive nuisance" likely to attract children; and/or created
or failed to remedy a hazardous condition that caused damage to a property.
Contact Clark Watkin Today
The Watkin Law Office is a Scottsdale personal injury and wrongful death
law firm that represents victims of serious premises liability injury and
wrongful death incidents throughout Arizona, including Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler,
Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills and Paradise Valley.
Contact us at
(480) 281-3838 to arrange a consultation. When results matter, you need a qualified Scottsdale
injury attorney from The Watkin Law Office, PC.
REMEMBER: If the other side's claims adjuster calls to "interview"
you or "take your statement," politely decline -- at least until
after you have spoken with a premises liability injury and wrongful death
attorney. Despite what the insurance adjuster might tell you, he or she
is NOT "just trying to help."