Alabama Premises Liability Lawyers
Holding Property Owners Accountable for Hazards
Property owners have a responsibility to make their premises reasonably safe for permitted visitors. Whether you slip and fall on an icy patch of sidewalk or suffer a violent assault while visiting an apartment complex, there’s a possibility that the landlord or property owner could be accountable for covering your injuries in a civil claim.
At Cunningham Bounds, our premises liability attorneys have spent more than six decades representing injury victims across Alabama and the Southeast – and we’ve earned a reputation for fearless litigation and ingenuity in the courtroom. Dedicated to protecting your rights, we’ll go above and beyond to fight for fair compensation and ensure that you have the means to recover from your injuries.
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Types of Premises Liability Claims
The National Safety Council reports that the third leading cause of unintentional injury death is from falling, and many of these incidents are caused by an initial slip-and-fall hazard. Although trip, slip, or fall hazards may not sound that serious on their own, a wet or uneven surface can pose a serious threat to health and safety, and it can be particularly dangerous for the elderly or those with existing disabilities.
For this exact reason, it’s important for property owners to keep their premises reasonably clean and free from slip-and-fall hazards, as well as maintain their property on an ongoing basis. There are also many other types of repair and security needs that, if improperly maintained by the owner, can pose a major safety risk for visitors.
Some of the most common causes for a premises liability claim include:
- Animal bites and attacks
- Violence due to inadequate security
- Broken and faulty stairs
- Absent or broken hand railings
- Damaged and torn carpeting
- Slippery floors
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Lead paint injuries
In order to prove a premises liability claim for one of the accidents listed above, however, you will need to demonstrate that the property owner had a “duty of care” to fix it. You must also make it clear that the property owner knew about the hazard, understood that it could pose a safety risk to the public, and still failed to fix the issue in an appropriate amount of time.
Are All Visitors Covered under Premises Liability?
Of course, not all visitors are treated equally under Alabama premises liability laws. Your status as a visitor will determine whether you’re eligible for damages, as property owners generally do not have a high duty of care to trespassers or illegal visitors.
Here are the 3 categories of visitors in Alabama:
- Invitee. An invitee is someone who came to a property at the express invitation of the owner, typically for a business transaction. When you visit a restaurant, salon, or healthcare provider, they owe you the highest duty of care under the law, and must regularly check for hazards in order to protect your safety.
- Licensee. Licensees are guests of a property owner, and they may arrive with actual or implied permission. Because licensees are typically friends, family members, and other private visitors, property owners have a lower duty of care to warn and protect these visitors than to invitees. Property owners must still correct known safety issues, but their main duty is to avoid intentionally harming a licensee.
- Trespasser. Property owners do not have a strong duty of care to trespassers, as these individuals are visiting the property without the owner’s consent or permission. However, there is a legal distinction between adult and child trespassers – and property owners do have a responsibility to maintain “attractive nuisances” to avoid injuring curious children.
Compassionate Counsel for Your Case
Since 1958, our team at Cunningham Bounds has strived to make a difference in our community by standing up for victims’ rights. When you’ve been hurt as a result of a property owner’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to wonder if you can pay for your medical bills, lost future wages, time off work, and other expenses. Let our team of committed legal advocates represent you in a complex premises liability claim and seek the compensation that you deserve.
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