Birmingham Premises Liability Lawyers
Comprehensive counsel for victims of unsafe properties in Alabama
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.
What is a premises liability claim?
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:
- You were legally entitled and/or allowed to be on that premises
- The premises are unsafe or defective in some way
- That defect caused you to be injured
- Your injuries in compensable damages
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. The Costco can be accountable for your injuries because that detergent should not have fallen on you and caused your injury.
Common types of premises liability claims
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:
- Trips, slips and falls
- Falling objects
- Being hit by objects
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Claims involving escalators and elevators
- Unsafe or missing handrails
- Poor or broken lighting
Potentially unsafe places in Birmingham
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:
- Treetop Family Adventure
- Rivage Day Spa
- Steel City Jump Park
- Alabama State Fairgrounds
- Brook Highland Plaza
- The Summit Birmingham
- Cadbury World
- Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
What happens if I fall in someone’s house?
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.
What if I get hurt at work?
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.
What happens if I was only visiting Alabama?
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.
Claiming damages in a premises liability lawsuit
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:
- Your medical bills
- Your lost wages (current and potential future wages, too)
- Any property damage you sustained
- Pain and suffering
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.
The Birmingham premises liability lawyers you know and trust
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.