When you enter a premises, such as a business premises, shop or restaurant, you have the right to expect a safe environment in which steps have been taken to minimize any potential hazards. If you are injured while on someone else's premises you may be entitled to claim compensation underAlabama's premises liability laws. Examples of hazardous conditions that can cause injury include:
- Spills and slippery surfaces
- Broken or uneven stairs
- Uneven sidewalks, paving or other walking surfaces
- Falling objects
- Items that have been unsafely stored or stacked
- Hazardous substances, including airborne toxins
- Icy surfaces
The law also covers fires, explosions, inadequate fire protection, electrocution, elevator or escalator accidents and unsafe construction sites.
If you are injured as the result of a hazard on someone else's property, you can claim compensation from the person responsible for maintaining that property and keeping up a safe environment. For example, if you are injured as the result of slipping on a spilled beverage in a supermarket, you can claim against the supermarket for not dealing with the spill and making the environment safe.
To file a claim under premises liability laws, you need to be able to prove four things:
- That there was a hazard
- That you were injured as a direct result of that hazard
- That the person responsible for the property knew about the hazard
- That the person responsible did not take action to remove the hazard in a timely manner
Being injured in an accident on someone else's property is a stressful experience that can affect your life in different ways, such as impacting your emotional health and your ability to work. Our experienced legal team can fully assess your case, including how the incident occurred and its effects upon you, building a strong case to help you get the compensation you need.
If you have been injured at work, on a work site, or on a construction site, we can examine your claim to find out if your case is a workers' compensation case or a premises liability case, making sure you get the type and amount of compensation rightly owed to you.
If you have suffered an accident, time is of the essence when it comes to making a claim. Get in touch with us today to find out what we can do to help you get compensation and move forward from this difficult time.