If you’ve slipped on a wet floor or fallen down an uneven staircase on someone else’s property, you’re probably dealing with a painful injury and are likely wondering if there’s a way you can get your medical bills paid for. Depending on the details of your accident, you may be able to file a premises liability claim for compensation.
A premises liability attorney from Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, can review your incident and determine if you have grounds for a claim against the at-fault property owner. If they believe you have a case, they’ll work tirelessly to obtain the damages you need to pay your medical bills, cope with the pain you’re feeling, and take care of any other expenses you’ve incurred.
Accidents that May Warrant a Premises Liability Claim
Most premises liability claims are filed after slip and fall accidents. If you haven’t heard of it, a slip and fall accident occurs when an unsuspecting guest or visitor slips on a property owner’s slippery floor or icy walkway and falls down.
Slip and fall accidents can result in broken bones, neck injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries (TBI). While slip and falls are one of the most common reasons for a premises liability claim, they aren’t the only type of accident you can file such a claim after. In fact, there are a number of incidents that may warrant a claim, including:
- Tripping over obstacles or hazards, such as loose cables or cluttered walkways
- Injuries caused by falling objects from shelves or improperly secured structures
- Accidents caused by defective or broken stairs
- Negligent security resulting in assaults or robberies
- Swimming pool accidents due to lack of proper signage, fencing, or lifeguard supervision
- Elevator or escalator malfunctions leading to accidents or injuries
- Exposure to toxic substances or hazardous materials on the premises
- Accidents in retail stores, such as falling merchandise or shopping cart-related incidents
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall or one of the incidents mentioned above, a premises liability lawyer from our firm can help you explore your legal options. If they find that you’re entitled to compensation, they’ll work hard to hold the property owner liable for the financial loss and suffering you’ve endured.
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How Our Premises Liability Lawyers Can Hold the Property Owner Liable
In Alabama, property owners have a legal obligation to take reasonable measures to ensure that their premises are safe for guests. To file a successful claim with the property owner’s insurance company, our team must prove that they failed to take the steps necessary to remove a safety hazard from their property or warn you about it.
Our premises liability attorneys will need to collect and analyze evidence to prove that the property owner failed to uphold their legal obligation. We’ll use the following forms of evidence to build a strong claim on your behalf:
- Video footage from surveillance cameras
- Photographs of the safety hazard and your injuries
- Official incident reports filed with the property owner or management
- Records that document maintenance, repairs, or lack thereof
- Testimony from engineers or safety professionals regarding whether the premises met reasonable safety standards or not
- Witness statements
- Documentation of prior incidents
- Your medical records
- And more
Compensation Our Attorneys Can Obtain from a Premises Liability Claim
Once our team has assembled the evidence required to file a successful claim, they’ll pursue compensation from the at-fault property owner’s insurance provider. Unfortunately, insurance settlement negotiations can be difficult, as insurers are always looking for ways to poke holes in honest claims and avoid providing a fair payment.
Luckily, our premises liability attorneys are familiar with all the dishonest tactics that insurance providers use to delegitimize valid claims. We’ll use our in-depth legal knowledge and negotiation skills to get a settlement that meets your needs, and in the unlikely event that insurers fail to offer a higher payment, we’ll take your case to court.
Whether we secure your compensation from an insurance settlement or court verdict, we’ll do everything we can to obtain the following damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Cost of ambulance transportation and hospital treatment
- Physical therapy expenses
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
How You Can Help Your Lawyer With Your Premises Liability Case
While your attorney will be doing most of the heavy lifting throughout your case, there are a few things you can do to make the legal process go smoothly. First, you’ll want to gather evidence immediately after your premises liability accident.
Use your smartphone to take pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident and any visible injuries you’ve suffered. Next, you’ll want to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident and ask them if they would be comfortable with giving your lawyer a statement regarding what they saw.
Once you’ve finished collecting evidence, you’ll want to seek medical attention asap. Even if you’re not in a great deal of pain, getting checked out by a physician soon after your accident will show insurers that your claim is serious.
Hire an Attorney ASAP
After you’ve been treated for your injuries, you won’t want to wait too long to hire a lawyer for your premises liability claim. That’s because Alabama has a statute of limitations that all wrongfully injured individuals must follow when filing a civil suit.
According to Alabama Code § 6.2.38, you have two years from the day of your accident to submit a lawsuit. Filing your suit even a few days after the two-year deadline could stop you from getting the financial support you need to treat your injuries and cope with the emotional and physical pain from the incident.
Instead of leaving things up to chance, take action today and get an early start on your case. Once you’ve hired an attorney from Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, they’ll start working on your case right away to ensure all important state deadlines are met.
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If you’ve never filed a claim for an accident before, you’re probably confused about the ins and outs of the legal process and probably don’t know where to start. The good news is that our lawyers can guide you through the entire claims process and help you make the right decisions for your unique situation.
To get the comprehensive and strategic legal help you need to win your case and recover from your injuries and losses, contact Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, today. We’ll schedule a free consultation between you and a premises liability attorney. They’ll ask you about your accident, determine if you have grounds for a claim, and get started on your case ASAP!