Alabama Premises Liability Lawyers
Experienced representation for injury victims
Whether you were mugged in a resort parking lot, you slipped on ice and snow walking in to the convenience store, or your new neighbor’s dog attacked you, each of these injuries occurred in a premises liability accident. Property owners owe those who visit their property lawfully, a duty of care to maintain the premises in safe order. Of course, you can’t sue every property owner every time an accident occurs on their property, but if you were seriously injured by a condition that the property owner could have addressed but failed to, you may be able to take legal action.
At Mezrano Law Firm, we represent clients who have been seriously injured on someone else’s property. Call our Alabama premises liability lawyers to learn more.
Examples of types of premises liability cases
While slip and fall injuries are by far the most common, there are many different types of premises liability claims for injuries sustained on other people’s property due to negligence including:
- Steep, uneven stairs
- Defective railings
- Slippery floors
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Snow and ice
- Deck or porch collapse
- Electrical shock
- Roof collapse
- Inadequate lighting
- Items falling off store shelves onto customers
- Pool accidents
- Negligent security
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Dog bites/animal attacks
- Restaurant accidents
- Unsafe buildings
- Accidents on school grounds
Examples of premises liability injuries
There are countless types of injuries that a person could sustain in an accident on someone else’s property some of which might include:
- Broken bones may be caused by falling objects, or from stepping on an uneven walkway.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) could happen when a person falls, or something falls on his or her head. TBI is a serious injury and one that needs early diagnosis and treatment.
- Spinal cord injury could happen in a fall from a height, or when a person is struck by or struck against a blunt object as might happen in a violent assault.
- Sprains or strains can occur when someone twists an ankle after slipping on ice or catching the edge of a rug.
- Burn injuries can be caused by an explosion, a chemical spill, or an electric shock.
- Cuts and lacerations can happen in a fall on debris in a parking lot.
What obligation do property owners have to visitors to their property?
Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their property in a safe condition and to keep visitors to their property reasonably safe. Just because you sustain an injury on someone else’s property does not mean that they are always liable for your injuries. Under Alabama law, the duty of care a landowner owes you depends on your purpose for being on the property.
The Business invitee
When a store opens for business, the customers and clients who enter the property are business invitees, having been invited to the property to handle business transactions. People who enter your home to install a router or clean your house are also business invitees and they are owed the highest duty of care to maintain the safety of the property, to mitigate any known or foreseeable dangers, and to warn them about known dangers that cannot be eliminated.
These are visitors to the property who are guests and not there to conduct business. The invitee is owed a slightly less rigorous duty of care, but the property owner must still take steps to correct the known safety hazards.
This is the category that enjoys the lowest duty of care. While property owners are not permitted to set a trap that would purposefully injure a trespasser, they do not owe trespassers an equal duty of care as a business invitee or a licensee. Child trespassers are another issue, however. The property owner must take the safety of child trespassers into consideration especially regarding “attractive nuisances” such as a swimming pool.
What is the role of contributory negligence in a premises liability claim?
The Alabama civil courts follow the legal principle of contributory negligence, which denies the damages that a plaintiff might receive in a personal injury claim if he or she can be shown to have even one percent of fault in causing the accident that caused the injury. For example, if the person walking across a poorly lit parking lot at night happened to be scrolling through his phone when he stepped into the pothole and broke his ankle, he may forfeit his right to recover any damages.
Part of your Alabama premises liability lawyer’s job is to gather enough evidence that proves you did not contribute at all to the accident that caused your injury.
What types of damages are available in an Alabama premises liability claim?
Premises liability cases are rarely straightforward, but if your case is successful, there are several types of damages, which is financial compensation for your economic and non-economic damages from the injury such as:
- Medical costs related to the accident injury past, present, and future
- Lost wages for the time you missed from work attending to your injuries, in the hospital and resting
- Diminished earning capacity, disability for permanent injuries that keep you from returning to your job, or from doing any kind of work
- Pain and suffering from the injury
- Emotional distress from the trauma of the incident
Your premises liability lawyer will discuss the facts of your case and help you to understand all your options.
What is the time limit for filing a claim for a premises liability injury?
In Alabama, the legal time limit, or the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim after a premises liability accident injury is two years from the date of the injury, which is not a long time. Therefore, it is vital that you contact an experienced premises liability attorney from Mezrano Law Firm right away so that we can begin investigating your case.
Schedule a consultation with a trusted Alabama premises liability lawyer today
If you have sustained a serious injury on someone else’s property, Mezrano Law Firm wants to be your first call. Our experienced Alabama premises liability lawyers protect the rights of the injured throughout the state. We have offices in Birmingham, Florence, Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa to serve you. Schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your case by calling 205-206-6300 or filling out our contact form.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us now to learn more about what we can do for you.