Tuscaloosa Premises Liability Attorneys
Holding Alabama property owners accountable for dangerous conditions
When you’re injured while you’re on someone else’s property, you may wonder who is responsible for your medical bills. You may get all sorts of advice and pressure from insurance companies about signing forms and settling. First, however, it’s important to understand your rights.
If unsafe or dangerous conditions exist on another person’s property and a visitor suffers injury as a result, the victim may be eligible to bring a premises liability case. A property owner, whether an individual or a business, has a responsibility to keep their premises safe for visitors. And, if they fail in that responsibility and a person suffers harm, the property owner can be held liable.
However, obtaining compensation can be complex, as you will be fighting insurance companies and third parties who may attempt to blame you for your own injuries. The Tuscaloosa premises liability attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm will fight for you. Our legal team has decades of experience in this type of law, and we’ll work to secure you the maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. Get in touch with us today.
Common premises liability accidents in Tuscaloosa
The type of premises liability accident you probably hear about most is a slip and fall accident. These occur often and can happen to anyone. Slip and falls can happen from slippery floors, uneven pavement or loose flooring. Additional types of accidents that can fall under premises liability law include:
- Dangerous stairway or stairwell conditions
- Defective escalators or elevators
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Drowning accidents
- Inadequate lighting
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Negligent security
- Roadway neglect on private property
- Snow and ice accidents
- Supermarket and retail store accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Toxic mold
Injuries from Tuscaloosa dangerous property
There’s no one telltale injury victims experience in premises liability accidents. The type of injury depends on the incident that led to the accident. Injuries can range from mild, like a twisted ankle, to severe, like a broken hip or even the wrongful death of a loved one. It’s important to remember that even what feels like a minor injury may grow more serious after a few days or even weeks. Always seek medical attention after an accident or slip and fall – even if you don’t feel sore immediately.
Common injuries victims experience from Tuscaloosa premises liability accidents include:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Burns or scarring
- Catastrophic injuries
- Chronic pain
- Electrical shock
- Head and neck injuries
- Lacerations and cuts
- Sprains and soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Wrongful death
Negligence and premises liability
The owner of a property may be held liable for any injuries resulting from dangerous conditions – if they were aware of the condition but failed to repair it or warn visitors of the hazard. However, in some cases, even if the property owner claims they were unaware of the unsafe condition, they could still be held liable for failing to inspect and maintain their property.
When the safety issue is temporary, like spilled liquid on the floor, the injured person must prove that the hazardous condition existed for an unreasonable amount of time without an attempt to fix or warn visitors. The premises liability lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm will help you build a strong case to show negligence.
Another complicated issue in premises liability cases – and why it can be wise to have an attorney on your side – is the burden of refuting allegations that you, as a victim, contributed in any way to your accident and resulting injuries. Alabama follows the law of “contributory negligence,” meaning that if a plaintiff is assigned any percentage of blame for their accident, they can be barred from collecting any monetary damages. Our legal team fights tenaciously for you.
Duty of care and Tuscaloosa premises liability
Property owners owe their visitors a duty of care. Under premises liability law, there are three types of visitors:
- Invitee. Invitees are explicitly or implicitly invited onto the property or land, and are there as customers or clients. When you’re an invitee, you’re typically visiting a grocery store, eating at a restaurant or going to the doctor. Property owners have a high duty of care to invitees, and must regularly inspect their property for hazards.
- Licensee. If you’re a licensee, you’re entering another property by an explicit or implicit invitation, but aren’t there for commercial or business needs. Examples would be a party at someone’s house, or visiting public land or private land with permission for recreational purposes. A property owner has a lower duty of care to licensees, but they still must correct or warn against known issues.
- Trespasser. Trespassers are those who go onto another person’s property without permission. This could include people who hunt on others’ land or use a private beach without the property owner’s consent. Property owners have a very low duty of care to trespassers and don’t have to keep their premises safe for people who shouldn’t be there. However, if they know trespassers are common, they must warn of known dangers. Property owners also may not set traps for trespassers.
However, it’s crucial to note that property owners owe a very different and high duty of care to trespassing children. If the owner knows or should know that children may come onto their property – for example, if they have a swimming pool – it’s their responsibility to keep the premises safe.
When a property owner fails in their duty of care and you suffer an injury, it’s important they’re held responsible. You may be eligible for financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost income and wages, reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Call our Tuscaloosa premises liability attorneys today
- If you or a loved one were injured in an accident on dangerous property, our premises liability lawyers can help. We work to our utmost to prove liability and negligence, and help secure the financial compensation you deserve for your losses. Call us at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Tuscaloosa office.