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Slip and fall injuries can take a serious toll on a person. These types of injuries often may happen because a property owner didn’t repair or warn you about dangerous conditions, such as a broken handrail that causes you to fall down a flight of stairs. When your injuries are caused by a property owner’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation through a premises liability case. Our Alabama slip and fall lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. can listen to your story and explain your options.
We’ve all encountered a slippery sidewalk or a spill in a grocery store. Sometimes we can spot the hazard and walk around it, sometimes we can’t. We are constantly at risk for coming into a slick or uneven surface and falling, particularly if the owner of a home or business isn’t paying attention to the environment and keeping it safe for guests. In some cases, it doesn’t matter how vigilant we are about our safety, we may not be able to see a loose stair or oily tile.
If your injuries were caused by a dangerous condition in someone else’s home or business that the owner should have known about and either corrected or warned you about, you may have a premises liability claim.
Contact the Alabama slip and fall lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. today to learn your options after being injured by a dangerous condition in someone’s premises.
Slip and Fall Injuries
When we’re young, falling hurts but we can get back up. As we get older, the risks associated with a fall increase dramatically. For individuals over the age of 65, one in five falls causes a serious injury, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every year about 2.5 million older individuals go to the ER because of a fall and more than 700,000 are hospitalized for a fall-related injury. If you know someone who is older and broke their hip, 9 times out of 10 it was from a fall.
But you don’t have to be elderly to suffer from a fall. Anyone of any age can get hurt if they slip.
When people fall because of a loose, uneven, or slippery surface or because of some other hazard, there are many injuries they could suffer – ranging from mild and inconvenient to painful and life-altering. Three of the most common fall-related injuries are:
- Broken bones: Falls are more likely to break certain bones than others. People may fracture bones in their hands, wrists, or arms because they put their arms out to catch themselves when they fall. Elderly individuals often break a hip when they fall sideways.
- Spinal cord injuries: If people fall a great distance or onto another object, it increases their risk of a spinal cord injury. Even relatively minor spinal cord injuries can lead to serious long-term disabilities, and major spinal cord injuries may lead to paralysis. This type of injury is very likely to take away a person’s independence.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Many people fall and hit their heads, leading to concussions or more serious TBIs. For older individuals, falls are the most common cause of TBIs. Brain injuries can lead to personality changes and decreased cognitive functioning. Like a severe spinal cord injury, a serious TBI can take away a person’s ability to live independently.
Alabama Premises Liability Law
In every state there are what are known as “premises liability” laws. This means that the owners or managers of any particular property – whether it’s a home, a local business, or a major corporation – have an obligation to keep the area safe. Whether it’s the sidewalk outside the front door, the aisles between products, a restroom, or stairs, all parts of the property need to be safe for guests.
In order to uphold their duty, property owners or managers must make reasonable inspections of the property on a consistent basis and then fix any defects they find. For example, the owner of a local grocery store must always be on the lookout for spilled liquids that could cause someone to slip and fall on the tile floor. The manager of a retail store with two levels must keep an eye on the stairs to ensure there are no loose boards or carpeting that could trip someone.
If the owner or manager finds a hazard, they need to keep guests away from it and fix it as soon as possible.
Your Legal Options – Contact Our Alabama Slip and Fall Lawyers Today
If you were hurt because of a danger on someone else’s property, you may be able to bring a premises liability claim in court. These are generally not simple cases. If you bring a foreign substance case, which means there was a liquid or debris on the property that caused your fall and injuries, you have to prove that the substance on the floor caused your fall and that the owner or manage of the premises knew or should have known of the substance at the time of the accident. In this situation, you want an attorney experienced with these specific types of cases to ensure you prove every element of your case.
In a premises liability case, you must demonstrate that:
- The property owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition
- The owner failed to correct the hazardous condition or to warn you about its presence
- The hazardous condition caused your injuries
If you are successful in proving these three things, you may be able to recover compensation for your:
- Medical costs
- Loss of income
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of relationship with your spouse
Our personal injury attorneys can discuss the details of your accident and explain what types of compensation may be available based on the specific circumstances of your case.
Contact Our Alabama Slip and Fall Lawyers
If you believe a property owner’s negligence led to your slip and fall injuries, don’t hesitate to call the attorneys at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. We are experienced in handling Alabama premise liability cases that include property defects and foreign substances. We have negotiated advantageous settlements for many injured people and have seen cases all the way through trial to jury decisions.
To find out more about how we can best represent you, learn how our Montgomery premises liability lawyers, Mobile premises liability lawyers, Huntsville premises liability lawyers, and Birmingham premises liability lawyers can help you.
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident, call the premises liability injury lawyers from Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at 205-933-1500 or use our online form. We offer a case evaluation free of charge and are ready to help you obtain full compensation for your losses.