Huntsville Slip and Fall Lawyer
Property owners have a duty of care to ensure that those who are welcomed onto their property are reasonably safe from harm. Unsafe conditions can result in life changing injuries, expensive medical bills and missed time from work. If your injury was caused by the negligence of a property owner, you have a right to be compensated for these damages. The Huntsville slip and fall accident attorneys at Conchin, Cole, Jordan & Sherrod can help represent you and your case.
Proving Negligence in a Premises Liability/Slip and Fall Case
The most common premises liability case is one in which the victim slips or trips on a dangerous surface or objects and suffers injuries. However, premises liability covers a number of situations. For example, landlords have duties to provide a safe and habitable home to property renters. This includes the obligation to ensure the electrical wiring is safe and does not present a fire hazard. If a fire occurs because of faulty electrical wiring, the landlord or property owner could be liable for any resultant injuries or death. In order to collect compensation for your injuries, it is necessary to prove that the property owner was negligent.
It is important to note that just because you were injured on their property does not automatically guarantee that you are owed compensation for your injuries. The law makes clear that the property owner must have known or should have known that the conditions of the property made it unsafe, and failed to take actions to make the property safe.
What to Do Immediately After an Accident
If you have fallen or been otherwise injured on someone’s property, there are certain steps that you should take to improve your chances of receiving the compensation you are due. Immediately after an accident:
- Inform the property owner or a representative (such as a store manager) about your accident.
- Call or have someone call for medical personnel.
- Take pictures of the accident scene and any injuries you suffered. Falls due to liquids or ice or snow on sidewalks can disappear quickly and it is vital that you are able to show the circumstances that caused your accident.
Don’t say too much after an accident. Even if you believe that you were to blame, there may be circumstances you are not aware of. For instance, if you trip and fall on stairs, you may believe that your own misstep caused the accident, but you may be unaware of a loose bit of flooring that caused you to trip or that the steps are not compliant with building codes. And while you may believe that your injuries are not serious at the time, some injuries, especially serious head or neck injuries may take hours to become apparent.
Alabama Premises Liability Laws
Owing to Alabama’s contributory negligence laws, insurance companies will work hard to prove that the victim was at least partly to blame. According to Alabama law, if they can establish that you are at all to blame for the accident, they may be able to avoid paying any compensation. In most cases, it is a good idea to consult an attorney to help ensure that the negligence of the property owner is clearly established as the cause of your injury. Contact the personal injury laywers at Conchin, Cole, Jordan & Sherrod to learn more.