If you are injured on someone else’s property, they might be responsible for your medical costs, lost wages or other damages. But how do you know if the owner of that property is responsible for your injuries? If they are responsible, how can you make sure you are fully compensated?
What is the Legal Definition of Personal Injury?
The state of Arizona defines personal injury this way: “A personal injury refers to a situation where someone has been physically or emotionally injured or killed by the wrongful act of another.”
If you slip and fall on someone else’s property because of a hazardous condition such as a wet floor or a trip hazard, that might be considered a personal injury in the legal sense. Other examples can include automobile accidents or even dog bites. If you are injured on someone else’s property, the owner of that property may be subject to “premises liability” laws requiring them to pay for those injuries. In order to receive compensation, you will need to hire a Premises Liability Attorney who will guide you through the legal process.
Slip and fall injuries are the second most common type of private property injury claims we deal with at Petersen Johnson, so we have significant experience handling these cases. One of the most important things to do if you are injured on someone else’s property due to their negligence or a hazardous condition is to collect documentation about what happened. The sooner you do this, the better. And the more detailed your documentation, the better.
Photos or video of the scene, close-ups of the hazard, and medical documentation describing your injuries in detail are important to your case. So is your step-by-step description of what happened, how it happened and the impact the accident has had on you. We will use all of this documentation as evidence to win your claim. Another very common type of private property injury is a dog bite or dog attack injury. In these cases, returning to the scene of your injury to take photographs or video of the dog isn’t a good idea. However, collecting detailed medical documentation is.
In the most extreme cases of a fatal dog bite or attack, the evidence is particularly challenging to collect. It is often necessary to find witnesses who may have seen the attack or taken video or photographs. Increasingly, social media is a good source for locating important witnesses and collecting evidence to support a personal injury claim. Our experience in helping personal injury victims collect and organize important evidence such as this is one reason our firm has been so successful in winning private property injury claims.
If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property and haven’t received medical attention, you will want to do that as soon as possible. Ask for copies of your medical record and bring them to our office for your free consultation. Remember, your medical record is important evidence in seeking legal reimbursement for your personal injury claim.