If you or a loved one slipped and fell on someone's property in Huntsville, the law is on your side. Under Alabama law, the property owner may be held liable for any injuries sustained by a visitor. That means if you are a tenant in an apartment or you are visiting a friend's home and you slip and fall, you should not have to pay for your losses out of your own pocket.
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While such claims sound straightforward, a slip and fall accident can be difficult to prove. You might have broken a leg or even suffered a brain injury that could cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars over the cost of a lifetime. When so much is at stake, the property owner and insurance company may dig in and deny responsibility. Even if the landlord or business owner admits fault, you should speak with an attorney at Slocumb Law Firm to make sure your rights are fully protected. The initial conversation is free. There's no obligation. If you are represented by our firm, you pay no legal fees unless we win your case.
Premises liability is the legal phrase that describes a personal injury case involving an injury caused by some hazard on property or an unsafe or defective condition. If you or a loved one is involved in a slip and fall accident, you quickly will hear this term being used by attorneys and insurance companies. While slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of premises liability claims in Huntsville, these cases also might involve a violent assault on property such as a rape, murder, shooting or stabbing. An injury or fatality related to an electrocution or fire or even a dog bite might fall under the concept of premises liability.
The property owner may be liable in an accident on his or her premises. This could be a landlord who is renting an apartment or the owner of a business. But proving these cases can be a difficult task. If you slip and fall on a wet surface and the property owner put up a sign warning about the slippery condition, you may not have a case against the owner. The owner has a duty to maintain reasonably safe conditions - but the definition of "reasonable" is often a subject of debate between the plaintiff (the injured party who fell and filed a lawsuit) and the defendant (the property owner accused of acting negligently).
Because these cases can be disputed, it's wise to get legal representation from an attorney who understands the state law related to premises liability. You need an experienced attorney who has handled other slip and fall accidents in Alabama.
Slocumb Law Firm, with offices in Alabama, has represented many people injured in accidents due to negligence. And our law firm has a history of obtaining successful results, including significant verdicts in Alabama courts. Call 256-564-9915 now for a free, no obligation evaluation.