Albuquerque and Mesa Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
Wood Injury Law, PLLC helps victims file legal claims to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses due to slip and fall injuries.
Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in New Mexico and Arizona
Slip and fall accidents aren’t just startling – they’re often catastrophic. Due to the burst of adrenaline from the fall, many people don’t realize how seriously injured they are at first. However, the adrenaline slowly goes away, causing victims to feel the extent of their injuries. The injuries are often so severe that surgery, physical therapy, and other treatments are needed. People often can’t work while getting these treatments, creating a financial hardship that’s made worse by the pain and lack of mobility.
You might feel as if you’re losing control due to your injury. However, filing a legal claim for compensation can help you handle your bills and get the treatment needed to recover from your injuries. Contact our slip and fall lawyer today to discuss your claim.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
People can slip and fall for a myriad of reasons. Some common causes of slip and fall accidents are due to:
- Wet surfaces
- Uneven surfaces
- Poor weather conditions
- Tripping hazards such as loose cords
- Potholes in parking lots
- Liquid on the floor
- Poor lighting
- Lack of handrails on stairs
Responsibilities Of Property Owners In Slip And Fall Cases
New Mexico and Arizona have three designations for property visitors: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. The degree of responsibility the property owner has depends on the designation.
You are an invitee when you enter a commercial property for business purposes, such as buying groceries. Invitees are owed the most significant duty of care. The owners must take steps to maintain the property so it’s reasonably safe. For instance, if someone spills a drink on the floor, the staff must clean it up as soon as they see it.
If you’re invited to visit a property for your purposes, you’re a licensee. For instance, if a friend invites you over to his or her house, you’ll visit as a licensee. As a licensee, the property owner must warn you of known hazards that you’re not likely to discover. For example, if there’s a loose board on the floor, the property owner should let you know.
Finally, you’re a trespasser if you visit a property without an invitation or permission. In most instances, property owners do not owe any duty of care to trespassers.
Filing A Claim Against A Friend
If you slipped and fell at a friend’s house, you might be hesitant to file a claim. You don’t want your friend to pay you for your injuries, but you still need financial help. Fortunately, the property owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy should pay the claim. Thus, your friend won’t have to write a check for the claim, but you can get the help you need to pay for medical bills, recoup lost wages, and more.
Contact our slip and fall lawyer to find out how this works. Then you can proceed with your claim without worrying about it hurting your friendship.
Why Choose Wood Injury Law?
Statute Of Limitations For Slip And Fall Cases
There is a statute of limitations for all personal injury cases, including slip and fall accidents. The statute of limitations prevents people from filing lawsuits years down the road after the evidence has disappeared. You must file your claim within two years of the accident if you were injured in Arizona. You have up to three years to file a claim if your accident occurred in New Mexico. Moreover, you need to give your slip and fall accident lawyer ample time to gather and evaluate the evidence before negotiating with the insurance company or taking the case to court. Thus, contact us immediately to begin your claim.
How Much Is Your Case Worth?
During your free consultation, you’ll discuss the facts of your case with our slip and fall lawyer. Then the attorney will gather additional evidence, including medical records, to determine the extent of your injuries and your long-term needs. After thoroughly evaluating the evidence, your attorney can value your claim. The value will include money for any long-term care or support you need. Then your lawyer will be ready to start negotiations or take the case to court if necessary.
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