Slip and Fall cases are from an area of law generally called premises liability. If you are injured on the property of another due to their negligence or unsafe conditions the first step to determine whether you have a premises liability case is to determine who is at fault.
Owners of a premises such as a landlord, property manager, property owners, and others have a duty under Alabama law to use reasonable care and due diligence to keep their property in safe condition for business invitees (someone who provides a material benefit to the landowner). An example is a customer at a convenience or grocery store. If you believe that you might have a premises liability claim then call our premises liability lawyer for a consultation in our Montgomery, Anniston, Huntsville, or Birmingham location.
For a Plaintiff to prove liability, they must show that the owner knew or should have known of the defect on their property and failed to do anything about it. For example, if someone slips and falls due to a slippery substance on the floor then in order for the property owner to be liable they must have known (or should have known) about the substance and the dangerous condition.
The law also requires that owners make repairs to such things as stairs and floors (surfaces that are walked on) and warn people of dangers on their property. They must keep property in manner reasonably safe for the public. Inadequate lighting or security measures can lead to physical assault such that an owner might have a duty to provide adequate lighting for a business invitee.
Slipping on a wet floor or crumbling steps can cause severe injuries (these are what are referred to as slip and fall cases). As soon as possible after an injury such as a slip and fall, you should notify the owner of the property and get a copy of any accident report regarding the fall. You should also seek medical attention immediately. Taking pictures of the injury and keeping records of your treatment are things you can do to help your lawyer build a premises liability case early on.
Once you obtain an attorney, they can do a full investigation but they might not have access to some of the things that you would at the beginning of the injury. If our lawyer does take your case, we do so on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay anything up front in attorney fees. Our Alabama premises liability lawyer only gets paid attorney fees as a percentage of what you receive as an award or settlement. If you believe that you may have a claim, then call our Alabama premises liability lawyer today for a consultation.