Our Mobile slip and fall accident attorneys at Moore Law Firm are experienced litigators who have successfully recovered compensation for injured victims in thousands of personal injury cases. Slip, trip and fall accidents account for more than eight million emergency room visits each year. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Hazardous walking conditions account for a large number of slip and fall accident claims. Torn carpeting, cluttered floors, loose rugs, defective sidewalks, loose floorboards, poorly constructed staircases, and parking lot potholes are just a few conditions in which someone can fall and suffer serious injury. Wet floors and stairs pose a major slip and fall risk.
Slip and fall accidents are also caused by poor weather conditions such as snow, rain, and ice. Property and business owners have a responsibility to adequately shovel or plow and salt sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, and stairs. If they fail to provide adequate warning signs, make repairs, clean up a spill, or safely clear outdoor areas, they may be liable for any injuries that are caused by these dangerous conditions.
Improper training can also cause a slip and fall accident. If employees have not received proper training in preventing slip and fall accidents, the employer or contractor could be liable for damages. Causes of these types of accidents could include employees wearing improper footwear, or inadequate procedures being followed for cleaning up after workers in a factory setting or on a job site.
What Is Premises Liability?
Business and property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe for all who enter. If a property owner is negligent in maintaining their property or mitigating any hazards, the legal concept of premises liability comes into play. Dog attacks, swimming pool accidents, hazardous conditions on construction sites, physical assault at a workplace or business, and other dangerous conditions that cause injury or death may also fall under the legal umbrella of premises liability. However, if an adult was trespassing on someone’s property, the property owner may not owe that person a standard of reasonable care.
There are many different factors involved in determining liability, including state law and procedure, when the accident occurred, the condition of the property, and the actions taken by both the property owner and visitor. Our slip and fall accident lawyers are experienced in handling all types of premises liability cases.
Proving Liability In A Slip And Fall Accident Claim
In a slip and fall accident lawsuit, an injured victim must prove that the property owner created the hazard that caused the slip and fall injury and/or was or should have been aware of an existing hazard but failed to correct it in a reasonable amount of time. There are three elements that must be proven in a premises liability case:
- That the property owner has a duty of reasonable care to keep their premises safe
- That they breached that duty of care
- That the breach of duty caused the victim to become injured
Determining whether you have a viable claim and proving liability in slip and fall accident cases can be challenging. In your initial free consultation, our personal injury lawyers assess your case and provide straightforward feedback on the most effective course of action to take. If you do have a viable claim, we get to work on proving liability by collecting documentation such as photographs of the scene and your injuries, incident reports, witness statements, medical records associated with your injuries, and any other relevant evidence.
Recovering Compensation In A Slip And Fall Accident Case
Victims of slip and fall accidents may suffer neck, back or spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, lacerations, sprains, and other damages. Severe injuries may require hospital stays, multiple surgeries, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and ongoing care. The cost of treatment and being unable to work can put you and your family in a precarious financial situation. Our Mobile slip and fall accident attorneys understand how stressful it can be when you’ve suffered a life-changing injury. We know how to accurately value your claim to ensure you receive the care you need and the maximum compensation you deserve to protect your family’s financial future.
For more than 35 years, our personal injury lawyers at Moore Law Firm have been staunch advocates for injured victims and their families. We have a proven track record of success when it comes to recovering maximum compensation in slip and fall accident cases. Dealing with insurance companies can be difficult, especially when you’re hurt and trying to heal. Our team handles all negotiations with insurance adjusters and insurance company lawyers. We are well-versed in the tactics they often employ to avoid paying fair compensation. If a reasonable agreement cannot be reached, we will litigate your case in court and fight to get the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
How Do I Pay For My Slip And Fall Accident Case?
Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means you won’t owe attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. At your free initial consultation, we talk with you about what happened and answer any questions you may have. We’ll evaluate your case, give you an honest assessment of whether you have a viable claim and let you know your options on how to proceed.
What To Do After A Slip And Fall Accident
Proper documentation of the incident and your injuries are critical if you decide to file a personal injury claim down the road. Of course, seeking medical attention for your injuries should be your top priority. If possible, take photos of the scene and your injuries, collect witness statements, jot down notes about what took place, and file an incident report with the property owner or business. Even if you believe you have not suffered a serious injury, symptoms may pop up in the days and weeks to come, so continue to monitor your health in the aftermath of your accident and follow up with a doctor if needed. In Alabama, there’s a two-year statute of limitations on filing personal injury claims, unless dealing with a minor or incapacitated person, which is why it’s vital to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately following an accident.
Contact Our Slip And Fall Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. Moore Law Firm has helped more than 12,000 personal injury victims pursue compensation in all types of personal injury cases. We’re dedicated to giving your case the individualized attention it requires so you and your family can focus on healing after an injury. Call 251-445-7602 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Mobile slip and fall accident lawyer today.