Alabama Personal Injury and Premises Liability Claims

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Premises liability refers to lawsuits about personal injuries that happen because of a dangerous condition on a piece of property. This applies to both private and commercial property. The person who brings such a lawsuit might be a passerby, a guest, or a person there on business, but different categories of visitors have different rights. Premises liability lawsuits can be brought against the owner of the property, the lessee of the property, or a tenant, whoever is in control of the property and has the responsibility of maintaining it.

Accidents on premises can take a variety of forms, though the most common is undoubtedly the slip-and-fall accident. This is a form of accident that frequently happens in grocery stores and sometimes in restaurants, as these are businesses where liquids and other food are often spilled. A broken jar of pickles, a lettuce leaf, or a mashed grape can all be recipes for disaster for the unwary customer who steps on them. Slip-and-fall accidents can also happen outside on icy steps, in pools of rainwater, or puddles of motor oil left by motor vehicles.

Alabama slip-and-fall accidents are by no means the only kind a landowner or controller of land should be concerned about. The following is a list of accidents that frequently happen on private and commercial property:

  • Alabama slip-and-fall accidents are caused by slippery walking surfaces such as spilled liquids or food, a puddle of motor oil, or standing water, ice, or snow.
  • Alabama trip-and-fall accidents are caused by uneven walking surfaces such as walkways, cracked concrete or cement, torn carpeting, or plant roots.
  • Falling through unsafe surfaces, such as old steps or porches, can also occure.
  • Alabama construction injuries are caused by construction accidents such as falling material, broken ladders, or hazardous material.
  • Alabama pool injury accidents occur in or around swimming pools, and include drowning, near-drowning causing brain damage, or diving injuries, such as paralysis.
  • Falling branches or trees.
  • Accidental contact with dangerous machinery.
  • Alabama fire or explosions caused by hazardous conditions such as stored gasoline, paints, and flammable material.
  • Accidents in commercial facilities like amusement parks.
  • Alabama injury from falling products in commercial properties where products are stacked on shelves or suspended above the customers.
  • Criminal assaults that result from inadequate maintenance, such as inadequate lighting in apartment house hallways and broken or inadequate locks.
  • Intentional hazards created by the landowner, such as booby traps intended to stop trespassers.

 

Most of the items on the list are accidents, but the last two are slightly different. An owner or controller of property is responsibility for injury caused by intentional hazards created for whatever reasons. They may also be responsible for injury suffered by people due to inadequate security. These cases often involve apartment buildings where the owner has the responsibility to provide adequate lighting in common areas, adequate locks on doors and windows, and maybe grills on windows.

If you were injured due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, contact an experienced Alabama premises liability lawyer or slip and fall attorney right away. A qualified premises liability lawyer can provide expert advice on your rights and the merits of your case, as well as how much time you have to file your premises liability lawsuit, and what damages you are entitled to.

If you would like to have your case evaluated by an experienced Alabama premises liability attorney, fill out our case evaluation form at no cost or obligation.

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