Florence Premises Liability Attorneys
Helping victims of Alabama accidents on dangerous property
When an individual or business entity owns a piece of property, like a store or bar, they’re responsible for maintaining that property for the safety of its visitors and guests. If they fail to do this properly, and someone is injured or killed on their premises, they can be held liable for breaching their duty of care under premises liability law.
If you or someone you love were injured in an accident due to the hazards on someone else’s property, you should understand your rights as a victim. The experienced Florence premises liability attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm can talk to you about your personal injuries and how they happened, and work to seek compensation so you can heal from your accident without added financial stress.
Common types of premises liability accidents
By far the most common kind of premises liability accident is a slip and fall. That’s because these can happen just about anywhere – from someone’s home, to the shopping center, to the lobby of an office building. And, while sometimes accidents just happen, there are many ways a slip and fall can be triggered by negligence.
For example, torn carpet on staircases, bad lighting, unmarked wet floors, chipped and broken flooring, loose cords and wiring or debris like boxes can be tripping or slipping hazards. All of these are easily repairable or cordoned off to warn people of possible danger. If they aren’t, accidents can easily happen.
Other common kinds of premises liability accidents include:
- Amusement park or fair accidents
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Escalator and elevator accidents
- House and building fires
- Improper security
- Restaurant accidents (burns and spills)
- Slips from snow and ice
- Swimming pool accidents and drowning
- Water leaks or flooding
Injuries from premises liability claims in Florence
Depending on the accident you suffer, a premises liability-type injury can range from minor bumps and bruises to severe trauma and, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Even if you experience what feels like just a minor slip and fall, it’s important to document your accident and seek medical attention. Injuries may not always show up immediately.
Common accidents resulting from premises liability accidents include:
- Chronic back problems
- Fractured and broken bones
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
How negligence leads to premises liability injuries
As with most personal injury claims, a premises liability claim requires that the injured party prove negligence. The fact that you were injured on someone else’s property isn’t enough to show that the property owner was at fault. You and your Florence attorneys must also prove that the conditions were unsafe, and that the property owner was aware of this and took no action to remedy the problem.
When property owners don’t take the proper precautions and actions to keep their premises safe, they increase the risk of accidents. We listed some of the types of premises liability claims earlier. However, there are countless ways in which property owners could be liable in these types of cases.
Here are a few examples:
- You may suffer a dog bite injury because an owner failed to secure their animal, even though they knew the dog was aggressive.
- If you are assaulted leaving a parking garage because a light was burned out, the garage owner could be liable for not replacing the broken light.
- If a loved one drowns in a neighbor’s pool, that neighbor may be held liable if they did not have a safety fence according to safety ordinances.
- An elderly relative could suffer injury in a nursing home if equipment like intercoms or nurse alarms malfunction, and the building owners could be held liable.
Duty of care and premises liability
Here in Florence and throughout Alabama, your status as visitor on someone else’s property could have an effect on the outcome of your case. Your lawyer can explain more thoroughly, but here’s a simple explanation. The state recognizes three categories and levels of duty of care for property visitors:
- Invitee. An invitee is someone who enters property for business purposes. You’re an invitee if you go the grocery store, a restaurant or boutique to do business. Property owners own invitees a high duty of care, and if their property is in unsafe condition, they must warn invitees of the dangers.
- Licensee. A licensee, on the other hand, is someone who enters the property as a guest, with express or implied permission from the owner. There’s no business purpose with this type of visit. You might be visiting someone’s home for a party or dropping in on a friend for lunch at their office. Again, a property owner owes visitors a duty to fix or warn of known dangers.
- Trespassers. Trespassers are people who enter someone’s premises without their permission or knowledge. Property owners still have a duty to warn of known dangers, and cannot set traps for trespassers. Owners also owe a high duty of care to trespassing children.
Experiencing an accident on someone else’s property can often feel awkward, especially if you’re familiar with the property owner. However, it’s important to avoid making any kind of statement about fault or minimizing your injuries or the accident. We can preserve your right to seeking compensation.
Florence premises liability lawyers working for you
Premises liability cases can be complicated, as they require establishing negligence and proving liability. Having our experienced Florence lawyers on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim. We can help. Call us today at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Florence office.