Birmingham Slip and Fall Lawyers
Slip, Trip, and Fall Injury Lawsuits
Alabama property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises to ensure that they are reasonably safe. They should also remove or repair potential hazards or, if the hazard cannot be effectively removed or repaired, warn visitors of its presence. Unfortunately, many property owners fail to take these basic steps to keep others safe.
If you slipped, tripped, and fell on someone else’s property due to unsafe conditions, such as an unmarked wet floor or cluttered walkways, you could be entitled to financial compensation—and Mike Slocumb Law Firm can help. Our Birmingham slip and fall lawyers have extensive experience handling complex slip, trip, and fall claims and have successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation. If you were seriously injured through no fault of your own, reach out to our personal injury team today to learn how we can help.
Call our office at (205) 236-2502 or use our online contact formto get in touch with us today. We offer free consultations and Spanish-language legal services.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
There is a common misconception that general clumsiness is the most common cause of slips, trips, and falls. However, at Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we know that this is simply not the case. In fact, the majority of slip and fall accidents result from dangerous or defective conditions on the property where the accident occurred.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Property defects, such as holes in the floor or poorly designed stairs
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven flooring or ripped carpeting
- Cluttered walkways and aisles
- Insufficient lighting
- Improper or missing signage (e.g., “wet floor” signs)
- Unmarked steps
- Missing handrails or safety guards
- Inadequate property maintenance
- Unsafe stairs, stairwells, and/or ramps
- Building code violations
- Defective sidewalks
- Cracks or potholes in the ground
In many cases, the property owner is responsible for removing, repairing, or warning of such conditions. When they fail to do so, they can be held legally accountable for the victim’s resulting injuries and damages.
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Determining whether a property owner is legally responsible for a slip, trip, and fall accident can be challenging.
There are several things you must prove to hold the property owner accountable. These include:
- Duty of Care: You must establish that the property owner owed a “duty of care,” meaning they had a legal responsibility to you as a result of your visitor status. If you were lawfully on the property when the incident occurred (i.e., not trespassing), the property owner most likely owed you some duty of care. The degree of care they owed to you depends on whether you were there for commercial purposes (“invitee”) or your own purposes (“licensee”). Generally speaking, if you were trespassing when the accident occurred, the property owner is not liable.
- Breach of the Duty of Care: You will also need to prove that the property owner breached the duty of care. This also depends on your visitor status; if you were an invitee, the property owner owed you a duty of care to keep the property reasonably safe and free from hazards that could cause foreseeable harm, as well as warn you of any potential dangers on the property. If you were a licensee, the property owner owed you a duty of care to warn you of potential hazards and avoid causing you wanton, willful, or negligent injury.
- Injury and Damages: To have a personal injury case, you must also prove that you were, in fact, injured. If you slipped, tripped, and/or fell due to unsafe or defective property conditions, but you were not injured, you do not have a case. You will also need to demonstrate how your injuries led to measurable damages for which you can be compensated, such as medical expenses, lost income, lost earning ability, lost future earnings, future medical care costs, and physical and mental pain and suffering.
- Causation: Lastly, you must prove that the property owner’s breach of the duty of care was the direct or indirect cause of your injuries and resulting damages. In other words, you must show the connection between the property owner’s failure to remove, repair, or warn you of potential hazards on the property and the accident that caused your injuries. This is a critical element of you claim and, often, one of the most difficult to prove.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we know how to use all available evidence to prove each element of your claim. Our Birmingham slip and fall lawyers have decades of experience navigating complex premises liability cases; we know the law, and we know how to effectively advocate for you.
The state’s statute of limitations on slip and fall lawsuits is just two years from the date of the accident or injury. In other words, you typically have two years to sue for damages after a slip, trip, and fall accident. If you miss this filing deadline, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case.
We strongly encourage you to reach out to our firm right away for the help you need. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will be lost, and your case may become more difficult to prove. When you contact Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we take the time to listen to you and your story. Then, we get right to work investigating the incident and putting together a powerful case on your behalf.
There are no upfront costs and zero out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our team. Instead, we collect attorney fees on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not get paid unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
For more information on how our Birmingham slip and fall lawyers can help you with your claim, contact us at (205) 236-2502 and request a free consultation.