If you’re on someone else’s property and are hurt in an accident, you may wonder who is responsible. Typically, this kind of case is called premises liability. When an individual or business owns a piece of property, like a shop or a restaurant, they have a responsibility to keep that property safe for visitors. If they fail in that responsibility, and someone gets hurt, they can be held liable under premises liability law.
If you were injured in an accident because of unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, it’s important you understand your rights. At Mezrano Law Firm, our premises liability attorneys are experienced in these types of cases and are ready to talk to you about your injuries, how they happened and who is responsible. We’ll fight to seek the compensation you need to heal from your injuries and move on from your accident. Get in touch with us today.
The most common type of premises liability accident, and probably the one with which everyone is most familiar, is slip and fall. A person typically experiences a slip and fall (or trip and fall) when premises are unsafe due to slippery surfaces from rain, ice or spilled beverages. Someone could also trip over uneven surfaces, loose tiling or flooring or torn carpets.
Premises liability accidents may also happen because of hazards like:
Premises liability injuries can range from mild injuries, like bumps and bruises, to severe physical trauma or even wrongful death. Even a minor slip and fall that may not feel serious in the moment can grow into a major injury within days. You should always document an injury or accident as soon as possible, and seek medical attention immediately.
Common injuries victims experience from premises liability accidents include:
Premises liability claims require that the injured party prove negligence. The fact alone that you suffered an accident and injury on someone else’s property isn’t enough to show that the property owner was negligent. Your attorney also has to show that the property conditions were unsafe – and that the owner was aware of these unsafe conditions and did nothing to either repair or warn visitors of the hazard.
Property and business owners must take the right precautions to keep their premises safe. When they don’t, they increase the risk of accidents and therefore their own liability. We talked earlier about common types of liability claims – here are a few specific examples.
Your status as a visitor on another person or entity’s property can affect the eligibility or outcome of your case. Your Gadsden injury attorney can give you all the ins and outs, but following is a brief and simple explanation. Here in Alabama, the state recognizes three separate levels of duty of care for property visitors.
After experiencing an accident on someone else’s property, it’s important not to make any kind of statement about blame or fault – even if the property owner is someone you know or even a friend. Minimizing fault or shrugging off your injuries can make a big difference in whether or not you’re eligible for compensation. Talk to an attorney to protect your rights.
Premises liability law can be complicated, and our legal team is highly experienced with these types of cases. Our attorneys work with you, leaving no detail uncovered, to prove liability and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Talk to us today about how we can help you. Call us at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Gadsden office.