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Birmingham Slip & Fall
Morgan & Morgan is home to numerous Birmingham slip and fall injury attorneys who know what it takes to recover compensation for victims who needlessly suffer from someone else’s negligence. This negligence could be as simple as a failure to remove an obstacle on a walkway, but even the smallest obstacles can lead to devastating injuries.
If you were hurt on someone else's property, you may assume that it is simply a matter of embarrassment because of the fact that you fell down, however, if someone else is responsible for the injuries you have sustained, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover compensation.
Do not underestimate the potential expenses connected with a slip and fall injury, as these can be severe and even life-changing, depending on your circumstances. Our lawyers at Morgan & Morgan know what it takes when you need to file for compensation in order to afford medical expenses, compensate lost income from missed work, and get the means necessary to move forward with your life.
Contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation and a chance to work with our slip and fall attorneys in Birmingham, Alabama.
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What Are Some Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
There are many different circumstances that can contribute to slip and fall and trip and fall accidents. All of these can be fixed relatively easily, and all of these should have warnings if they occur in the short term while the property owner is working on ways to fix the situation. Some of the most common examples of slip and fall and trip and fall injury causes include:
- Faulty safety equipment, such as handrails
- Exposed components, like hoses or wires
- Loose carpets
- Broken or loose boards
- Messy floors
- Wet floors
- Uneven flooring
What Is the Property Owner's Responsibility?
Property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that their property is as safe as possible. This does not always mean that they fix something within an hour of discovering an issue, as this often comes up in the context of premises liability claims. However, they are responsible for identifying these hazards and at least placing a warning about these hazards and then repairing them or removing them in a reasonable period of time.
It is often at the crux of a Birmingham personal injury or premises liability case over a slip and fall to show that a property owner did know about a hazard or should have known about a hazard but failed to take corrective action. At Morgan & Morgan, our law firm handles cases of premises liability in which a property owner failed to uphold their legal right to the duty of care. This means that they were aware or should have been aware of dangerous conditions and instead put you and others at risk.
It is your responsibility, however, to gather as much evidence as possible, seek medical attention, and speak to a lawyer—especially before speaking to the property owner or signing anything—after an accident happens. Failing to do this could expose you to unnecessary risks in your premises liability claim.
For example, the owner of the property may ask that you sign paperwork immediately after you've been hurt. You may think nothing of this as the employee may just be trying to do their job to document what happened. However, without reading this paperwork clearly, you could be signing away your rights or giving them access to certain information about you. It is very important that any and all paperwork received by someone throughout a premises liability claim is reviewed by your attorney.
As our Birmingham slip and fall attorneys can tell you, it is all too easy to make mistakes in slip and fall cases that could compromise the integrity of your entire legal claim. We choose to conduct thorough investigations of each slip and fall injury claim in Birmingham because we know that victims are often unaware of their full scope of legal rights and are probably navigating the legal system for the first time. When it comes to the property owner or manager, however, this may not be their first time dealing with a slip and fall injury, and it is crucial that you have someone in your corner who can help you with each aspect of your case and help you avoid preventable mistakes. The sooner you engage Birmingham's slip and fall attorneys like Morgan & Morgan, the easier it will be for you to see what lies ahead of your legal case. No one should have to figure this out on their own or learn too late that they signed away their rights or accepted a settlement amount that was far too low to cover the injuries that they sustained.
What Does a Victim Have to Prove in a Slip and Fall Case?
Victims bear the burden of proof in a premises liability case in showing several things. You must be able to prove that several different criteria were directly linked to your injury.
For example, you must prove that when you were on this other person's property, you were owed a duty of care. This means that the property owner must have a legal responsibility to create and maintain a safe environment for you and other people. This is true in public places as well as those private locations where your presence is welcomed. You must also show that the property manager violated the duty of care by failing to maintain a safe environment. This may be through negligence or other elements of your case.
Further, you need to prove that the person could be reasonably expected to have been aware of the danger and then prove that this breach in the owner's duty of care is what ultimately caused you to suffer injuries.
What Does a Lawyer Do in a Birmingham Slip and Fall Case?
The sooner you hire a Birmingham slip and fall attorney, the easier it is to gather evidence and to discuss options for resolving your case. At Morgan & Morgan, we are frequently able to resolve these slip and fall cases outside of court. Insurance companies and other stakeholders involved in premises liability claims typically get nervous about resolving these claims in court because there is so much uncertainty and a lot at stake. However, this does not always mean that every premises liability claim ends in a settlement conversation. Our lawyers prepare the entire depth of your claim as if we are going to court, with the hopes that settlement conversations may be used to help avoid this altogether. The support of a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney is instrumental in ensuring that you’re well-prepared for either strategy.
What if I Never Fully Recover?
In the best-case scenario, you'll heal from your injuries and be able to return to work and your normal life sooner rather than later. However, that is not the case for most people who get hurt in a slip and fall accident.
Many people learn that they have reached what is known as maximum medical improvement or the point at which they will no longer get better. At that phase, your life may look much different than it did before the accident, and this raises questions about your future expenses, too. Hiring the right premises liability lawyers is crucial to helping you get the maximum payout for your injuries, especially if you suffered catastrophic or lifelong injuries in your accident.
At Morgan and Morgan, we'll be by your side to tell the story of your accident and injuries so you have a good handle on what to do next and how to proceed. We take your claim seriously and work to understand what a good outcome looks like to you from as early in the case as possible.
If you have a case involving a loved one who passed away from their injuries because of a concussion, brain bleed, or internal bleeding, you may be able to open a wrongful death lawsuit, too. In either case, you need the help of Birmingham slip and fall attorneys who can guide you through the justice system with your civil lawsuit. We know that each case is unique and what is important to you may differ from other victims in personal injury suits. During your initial consultation, you'll talk more about the facts of your case and what a win looks like to you. Our lawyers have extensive experience in working towards positive outcomes for slip and fall victims in Birmingham.
How Can a Lawyer Help in My Suit?
A Birmingham slip and fall attorney can handle numerous aspects of your claim, including gathering evidence, communicating with insurance company representatives and other stakeholders, communicating with you about the status of your claims and the options available to you, talking to experts who may be used as witnesses in your claim, and much more.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in navigating premises liability claims, and we recognize that it can be very overwhelming and difficult to try to do this on your own. You need someone who has the foresight to understand the most complex matters involved in resolving your slip and fall injury case. If you have been seriously hurt for any reason that you believe relates back to the negligence of the property owner or manager, hiring Birmingham slip and fall attorneys is essential for putting your best foot forward and maximizing your chances to recover the compensation that you ended and deserve.
Don’t hesitate. To get started right now, contact Morgan & Morgan for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. It could be the best call you’ve ever made.