Huntsville Premises Liability Lawyers
Alabama law requires that property owners and managers use reasonable care to ensure that their land and everything on it is reasonably clean and safe for guests. Alabama law also requires that owners and managers avoid negligently injuring a guest once they know about a hazard on their property. If you are over at a friend’s house, they have to protect you from dangers they know about in their house, like a broken stair, and not just ignore a potential accident. These standards are a property owner’s legal duty of care. If a property manager allows an unsafe condition on their property and fails to protect their commercial or personal guests, then they are breaching their duty of care.
If this breach leads to you getting hurt in Huntsville or a nearby area, then you may have a premises liability claim. To learn more about your rights and legal options after an accident on someone else’s land, reach out to the Huntsville premises liability lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. right away.
Alabama Premises Liability Law
An Alabama property owner or manager is required to be diligent in regard to inspecting their property for potentially dangerous defects. If a hazard is found, the owner or manager is required to fix it or give enough warning to enable visitors to avoid it. This standard does not mean the premises have to be perfect or entirely free from hazards. Owners and managers are not liable for your injuries if you were hurt by a condition that is deemed open and obvious, which means you should have seen it and avoided it.
What does it mean for you to be a guest? Alabama’s premises liability law applies to business guests – also known as invitees, and personal guests – also called licensees. If you were a customer in a store that was open for business, you are protected under the law. If you were in your neighbor’s house after being explicitly invited over for dinner, you are also protected. It is only when you are on another person or business’s property without an implied or explicit invitation that you are a trespasser and may not be protected by premises liability law.
The Huntsville premises liability lawyers of Belt & Bruner, P.C. can help you discover if you have a valid premises liability claim based on what type of guest you were on another person’s property.
Common Causes of Premises Liability Claims
When discussing premises liability, you may hear about slip and falls. These are some of the most common types of premises liability claims. A guest slips or trips on another person’s property, and the resulting fall causes an injury. Slip and fall injuries often occur because of:
- Slick surfaces
- Pooled liquids, including standing rain water
- Snow and ice
- Loose or ripped carpet
- Cords and wires on the ground
- Loose or uneven stairs
- Uneven or cracked sidewalks
- Dimly lit stairs
- Loose handrails
There are number of other types of premises liability claims, as well, one of which is negligent security. This occurs if you are attacked and injured while on someone else’s property, the owner or manager may be responsible in addition to the attacker. You may have a claim based on a lack of appropriate security and unsafe buildings and common areas.
Premises Liability Injuries
If you were involved in an accident on someone else’s property, you may be experiencing:
- Muscle, tendon, or ligament strains or sprains
- Broken Bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Burn injuries
While these are common injuries people experience after a slip and fall, animal attack, swimming pool accident, or from a physical assault, they are by no means the only injuries that lend themselves to a premises liability claim. Your claim is based on the property owner’s duty of care toward you as a guest, and their negligence in not upholding that duty. While you must be able to prove you suffered an injury due to the other party’s negligence, you are not required to have suffered a specific type of harm.
Premises Liability Claim Compensation
If you were injured by a hazard on another business or individual’s property, then our Huntsville premises liability lawyers may be able to fight for you to obtain compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
- Punitive damages
Calculating some of these damages can be difficult. While your medical expenses can be totaled based on your bills, how do you add up all of your physical pain and mental suffering? While there is no perfect system for valuing a premises liability claim, there are various methods you can use to put a price on your non-economic damages. Contact Belt & Bruner, P.C. to learn more.
Let Our Huntsville Premises Liability Lawyers Fight for You
If you were injured while on another person’s property and you believe it was because they failed to fix or warn guests about a dangerous condition, contact the experienced premises liability attorneys at Belt & Bruner, P.C. right away.
Our experienced and trusted lawyers will go over your case to determine your rights. If you have a valid premises liability claim, we can move forward with an insurance claim against the property owner’s business or homeowners insurance policy and help you negotiate an acceptable settlement. If an insurance settlement is not possible or we need to utilize the discovery period of a lawsuit to gain evidence, we can file the premises liability lawsuit and represent you in court. Whatever route we take, we will always fight for your rights and the maximum compensation possible.