When you slip and fall on an icy walkway, or get hit by a falling object in Trader Joe’s, or sustain any kind of injury on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation from the property owner or manager. The Birmingham premises liability lawyers of Mezrano Law Firm can help you with your claim, so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Property owners and managers owe their visitors a duty of care to keep those properties safe. If a person is injured as a result of a defective or unsafe property, the owner and/or or manager can be held liable, or accountable, for those injuries.
When you make a premises liability claim, you are saying that:
For example, let us say that you were shopping when a box of detergent bottles fell off the shelf at Costco in Hoover, and hit you on the head, leading to a traumatic brain injury. Costco can be accountable for your injuries because that detergent should not have fallen on you and caused your injury.
Unsafe property can lead to physical injuries, either because the victim was unaware of the defect, or because of acts of violence by third parties. The most common claims involve:
If you get hurt in a store, a parking lot, or at a place of business, you can make a claim for damages under the premises liability doctrine. Some of the places in Birmingham where you might sustain injuries include:
If you fall on private property, you can still claim damages. You would most likely make a claim through the property owner’s homeowners’ insurance, the same way you would if, say, a tree branch fell on your car and damaged the roof.
What happens if I get hurt on city property?
If you get hurt on property owned by the City of Birmingham, by Jefferson County, or by the State of Alabama, you can still make a claim for damages. Claims against government entities must be filed within six months of your injury, though, so it’s important to seek the help of an experienced Birmingham personal injury lawyer right away.
If you sustain an injury because your workplace was unsafe, you have two options: you can apply for workers’ compensation, or you can make a third-party liability claim. Unless you can prove there was a defective product involved, as an employee, you may be bound to go through the workers’ comp program. However, if you are ineligible for workers’ compensation – either because your employer is exempt, or because you are a non-employee worker – a personal injury lawsuit may be your only option. Call us to learn more.
If you’re visiting Birmingham when you get hurt, you would do well to hire a local lawyer, even if you live out of state. When necessary, our attorneys will work with out-of-state counsel to ensure that your claim is handled correctly.
Under Alabama law, you have two years from the date you were injured, or could have reasonably known you were injured, to file a lawsuit. In order to prove your claim, we’ll work with your doctors and outside medical experts to show the extent of your injuries. We’ll use video footage from the scene if the incident (if applicable), or any photos we can access of where you got hurt. Then, we can file a claim for expenses related to:
If your injury was caused by an especially egregious act of negligence, we may make a claim for punitive damages, as well. If your injuries are permanent, we can help you move forward with a claim for Social Security Disability, too, if you are eligible. If you lose a loved one because of a property owner’s negligence, we can file a wrongful death claim.
Because Mezrano Law Firm prepares every case as though we will go to trial, insurance companies may be more likely to offer a fair and just settlement offer from the start. If you choose to accept it, we will handle the negotiations. If the settlement is too low, or too unfair, we will fight for your future in court.
Mezrano Law Firm is proud to represent injury victims throughout Alabama. If you were hurt on an unsafe property in Birmingham, one of its suburbs, or anywhere in the state, we want to help. Please call 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today to learn more.