Montgomery Premises Liability Lawyers
Alabama law dictates that property owners, or whoever manages a property, must use reasonable care and diligence in keeping their property reasonably safe for guests. This is a property owner’s duty of care, also referred to as a standard of care. To uphold this duty, owners and managers need to routinely inspect their property to discover potential hazards and either fix them, put up a warning, or make them inaccessible to customers or visitors.
However, many commercial properties and residences are not as safe as they should be. Property owners and managers are careless about cleanliness and safety, putting you and other guests at risk. If you have suffered injuries on another person or business’s property, contact our Montgomery premises liability lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. as soon as possible. We will thoroughly review what happened, and determine if you have a valid premises liability claim.
Who Are Guests Under Premises Liability Law?
Property owners’ and managers’ legal duty is toward lawful guests. You are protected by Alabama’s premises liability laws if you were a customer in a store open for business, or if you were a personal guest invited into someone else’s home. As long as you had explicit permission to be where you were when your accident took place, then the property owner or manager had a duty of care toward you.
If you were trespassing at the time of your accident, then the law regarding your injuries is different. Owners and managers do not have to make their property reasonably safe and clean for trespassers. They only have to refrain from willfully injuring you.
If you are unsure of your status at the time of the accident, contact our Montgomery premises liability lawyers right away. Your rights may depend on whether you were a business customer, personal guests, or trespasser.
Limitations on Property Owners’ Responsibilities
While land owners and managers have responsibilities in relation to their guests’ safety, there are limits on this duty. One of the most important limits is in regard to open and obvious dangers. Owners and managers do not have to fix or warn about open and obvious dangers. If you are injured because of an accident involving an obvious hazard, then they are not liable for compensating you for your injuries.
What is an open and obvious condition? It is any condition on the property that you should have recognized by using reasonable care and avoided.
Unsafe Conditions that Lead to Premises Liability Claims
Many property issues can cause accidents that lead to injuries. An extremely common type of accident is called a slip and fall. A liquid or object on the floor, which is difficult to detect and often easy to miss, causes you to slip or trip. Slip and fall injuries can be minor-to-serious. Falling can be a minor issue, resulting in a few bumps and bruises. However, if you fall on a hard surface, a great distance, or onto another object, you are much more likely to have serious injuries. If you are elderly or already have health issues, the damage may be worse. Unfortunately, many unsafe conditions contribute to falls, including:
- Grease/slick substances
- Snow and ice
- Loose or ripped carpet
- Cords and wires
- Loose or uneven stairs
- Uneven or cracked sidewalks
- Dimly lit areas
- Loose handrails
Not every premises liability claim is a slip and fall. Another common type of claim is negligent security. This issue may come up if you are attacked by another party while on the property and there is evidence that the attack could have been prevented with adequate security. For example, if you are assaulted in an apartment building and the building does not have a locked front door, you may be able to prove that the landlord should have installed a locked door to prevent such accidents from occurring.
Other types of premises liability claims include swimming pool injuries and animal attacks, most commonly dog bites. If you suffered any of these or another kind of accident on someone’s property and you believe it was because of a defect or dangerous hazard on the premises, contact our premises liability attorneys in Montgomery right away.
Common Injures in Premises Liability Claims
Slip and fall and other types of premises liability accidents can lead to a variety of injuries, including:
- Strains or sprains
- Bone fractures
- Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Burn injuries
Compensation in a Montgomery Premises Liability Claim
After being injured on another person’s property, you can pursue compensation for your physical, psychological, and financial injuries. More specifically, you can pursue compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
- Loss of quality of life
Call Our Montgomery Premises Liability Lawyers for Help
If you were hurt because another individual or business did not keep their property as clean or safe as they should have, call us at Belt & Bruner, P.C. as soon as possible. Not every accident that takes place on another party’s property leads to a legal claim. However, it can be difficult to tell without conducting an investigation and getting the advice of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.
By contacting a Montgomery premises liability attorney at Belt & Bruner, P.C., you gain an advocate who will thoroughly investigate and analyze the accident, the other party’s actions leading up to the accident, and who may be liable for your injuries. If you have the right to move forward with a premises liability claim, then we can fight for you to obtain the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.