Slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of injury in Alabama. Many people don’t think about the danger of slip and fall injuries until it affects them and their families. They also don’t realize how costly such an accident can be. In many cases, even a minor fall can require the assistance of an Alabama slip and fall lawyer.
Slip and fall accidents occur when a person slips or falls due to a hazard that they were not warned about. Liability typically arises when this happens on someone else’s property, and the property owner failed to warn them of the danger or correct it.
Injuries sustained from a slip and fall accident can often be permanent or long-term, especially if they involve blows to the head or spine. For those who have been injured, a slip and fall attorney will assist in recovering the compensation needed to get their life back to normal.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall due to someone else’s negligence, contact the attorneys at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann at (205) 322-8880. We have more than 100 years of combined experience representing injury victims and have secured over $1 billion on behalf of our clients.
Slip and fall accidents can result in a wide range of injuries. The type of injury often depends on several factors, including what caused the person to fall, what part of their body was struck, and where the accident happened.
Common types of slip and fall injuries can include:
- Sprains (especially wrist sprains from catching a fall)
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, at time leading to paralysis
The type of injury involved can affect the amount of compensation a person is entitled to in a slip and fall lawsuit. For instance, any fall that leads to a traumatic brain injury has the potential to create long-term issues with cognition, memory, and even mobility. Additional treatment may be required for such cases. In turn, more compensation would be needed to offset the costs. An experienced Alabama slip and fall attorney can help ensure that the victim obtains the financial award they deserve in a lawsuit.
Slip and fall injuries can lead to serious, long-term medical conditions that are life-changing. Depending on the nature of the injuries, slip and fall victims can face various mental and cognitive challenges, as well as difficulties with walking, performing everyday tasks, and working.
A monetary damages award from a slip and fall lawsuit can help compensate the victim for:
- Medical bills
- Assistive medical equipment or devices
- Costs of rehabilitation and treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of the ability to earn a living
- Pain and suffering
In cases where the victim has died due to a slip and fall incident, the family may file a wrongful death lawsuit to cover additional damages like funeral expenses and loss of family income.
Slip and fall accidents can result from many causes, including:
- Slippery, uncleaned floors
- Objects that create trip hazards
- Unrepaired flooring
- Unstable stairs
- Poorly lit walkways
- Lack of warning signs for dangerous areas
Basically, any time of hazard that a property owner should have repaired or addressed, but didn't could make them liable for the resulting accident and injuries.
You may also be wondering, “Who is responsible for a slip and fall accident? Who can be sued?” In most cases, the liable or responsible party will be the property owner or the party responsible for keeping the property safe for visitors. This can include landlords, business and retail owners, property managers, private property owners, homeowners, government entities, and other parties.
Liability can depend on several factors, including the degree of control the party had over the property, and whether the injured victim was legally on the premises. Slip and fall accidents can happen in many different places, which can also affect liability and damages. These include:
- Retail stores
- Grocery stores
- Workplace settings
- Swimming pools
- Parking lots or garage
- Various other places
Determining liability in a slip and fall accident can be challenging without the help of a lawyer. Cases can be even more difficult to handle if there are multiple parties involved.
The slip and fall laws in Alabama can be complex, and require the experience of a personal injury attorney. At Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, we have the experience needed to ensure that you and your family receive the justice you deserve.
Our lawyers will closely examine the facts of your case and the relevant laws. We will prepare a thorough strategy for obtaining the best possible compensation for your losses. Contact us immediately at (205) 322-8880 for a free consultation. Any delays could affect your ability to recover damages, so be sure to act soon.