Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer: Huntsville, AL
Personal Injury Attorney Serving Huntsville & North Alabama Areas
Every day across Alabama, innocent people are injured because negligent property owners fail to maintain their properties. Whether you or your loved one were injured while visiting someone’s home, out shopping, or in a parking garage or stairwell, we want to help you get compensation from the responsible party.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability refers to a property owner’s legal responsibility to make their property safe for visitors. If dangerous conditions are present, the property owner must give visitors sufficient warning and/or take all reasonable measures to remove the dangerous conditions.
The law defines visitors three ways, and depending on the type of visitor, the property owner has different degrees of liability.
- Invitee – This usually refers to visitors to businesses such as stores, restaurants, and offices for commercial reasons. Property owners are required to protect this type of guest from any potential danger they should reasonably be aware of.
- Licensee – This usually refers to social guests to private homes or visitors to public or private land for recreational purposes, with permission. Property owners are only required to protect this type of visitor from any present dangers they are already aware of.
- Trespasser ¬– This refers to anyone who goes onto the property owner’s property without permission. Property owners are not required to protect this type of visitor from danger, but they are required to put up warnings of any dangerous conditions they are aware of, and cannot purposefully create dangerous conditions such as traps.
The exception to these categories is children. If a property owner has reason to believe a child will trespass on their property, they must keep their property safe, because they can be held responsible if the child is injured even if they entered without permission.
What Counts as a Premises Liability Claim?
One common example of a premises liability claim is a slip and fall injury. Visitors should be able to enter a building with the expectation that the floors are safe to walk on, but if the property owner did not put up a wet floor sign after washing the floors, and a visitor slips and injures themselves, the property owner can be held responsible for their injuries.
Other common examples of dangerous conditions include:
- Tripping hazards, such as uneven floors or unsecured carpets
- Falling merchandise or signage
- Broken stairs or loose railings
- Inadequate property maintenance, such as water leaks or icy walkways
- Inadequate or negligent building security, such as broken locks or poor lighting, that may lead to robbery or assault
- Failure to properly secure potentially dangerous property features such as swimming pools or trampolines
What Compensation Can I Recover in a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
Only the property owner has the power to control how safe their property is, so when someone is injured because the property owner ignored conditions that were dangerous to visitors, the property owner can and should be held responsible for the victim’s injury-related expenses. These may include:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Mental/emotional suffering
However, because Alabama follows the “contributory negligence” law, visitors who are ruled to have contributed to their own injuries, such as by ignoring warning signs or cordoned off areas, will not be eligible for compensation.
How Can Tyler Mann Help Me with a Slip and Fall Injury?
When you hire an experienced slip and fall injury lawyer like Tyler Mann, we can help prove without a doubt that your injury wasn’t your fault. We know how the courts in Alabama work and how insurance companies think, giving you an advantage when you try to get compensation after an injury on someone else’s property.
Allow us to compile evidence and expert testimony to build your claim and get you the money you deserve after your accident. And if you have questions about a potential claim, don’t hesitate to contact us. Your initial consultation is always free!