Property owners in Alabama have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment to guests on the premises. However, if a person suffers an injury caused by a hazardous condition and/or the property owner’s failure to maintain the premises, a premises liability lawsuit can be filed with the help of an experienced lawyer.
At Elizabeth A. Citrin, P.C., we can help you hold the negligent party liable for your injuries and maximize the amount of financial compensation you deserve. Our Daphne personal injury attorney can collect evidence while investigating your case, negotiate with insurance companies, and protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process.
Common types of premises liability cases our firm handles include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites and attacks
- Negligent security
- Swimming pool accidents
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Floods and water leaks
- Toxic chemical exposure
Alabama Premises Liability Laws
In order to win a premises liability suit, you must prove that there was a hazardous condition on the property, the property owner knew or should’ve known about the dangerous condition, the property owner had plenty of opportunities to repair the hazardous condition, and the dangerous condition caused your injury.
Property owners owe the highest duty of care of invitees by correcting hazards and warning against potential dangers, while licensees only need to be warned about the dangers on the premises. No duty of care is owed to trespassers unless they are children.
However, premises liability claims in Alabama are quite complex. In many cases, the property owner will dispute the claims or argue that the plaintiff shares some of the blame for their own injuries.
Remember, Alabama is one of a handful of states which follows the “contributory negligence” rule. This means if the plaintiff is found at least one-percent or shares a fraction of a percent of fault, they will not recover any compensation for the other at-fault party.
Common reasons a plaintiff could be held liable for a premises liability claim include:
- Failure to pay attention (i.e. you were distracted by using your cell phone)
- The injury occurred in an area which is restricted to the public
- The hazardous condition was surrounded by warning signs and cones
- The hazardous condition was obvious
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Due to the complexities of this type of case, having our Daphne personal injury lawyer on your side can make a positive difference. We can evaluate your case and determine all your available legal options to help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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