Slip and Fall Cases in Alabama Are Tough
- January 26, 2017
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You have to prove a lot in a slip and fall case. Unlike an auto accident, often the wrongdoer is not even around when the injury happens.
Here is how it breaks down in Alabama. Basically you have to prove that the property owner knew of a hazard and did not fix it OR they caused the situation that injured you.
In my experience, juries rely on one of four situations to find fault. First, the dangerous condition was created by the property owner. Second, the dangerous condition was there too long and should have been fixed. Third, the property owner had a policy that was not followed leading to the dangerous situation. And finally, the hazard could have been prevented by the use of signs or barriers but the property owner did not do anything to warn of the danger.
Here is the tough part about Alabama. If you are in any way responsible for your injury, you cannot collect. Even though the property owner was 99% at fault, you will get nothing. Alabama follows a harsh law called contributory negligence which favors the property owner heavily.
That is why many attorneys in Alabama won’t take a slip and fall case. That is not true at our firm. In fact, my partner Bill Eiland is known as one of the most experienced attorneys to handle slip and fall cases in the state.
One other thing I have seen. When people are injured at someone else’s home, they are often reluctant to sue their friend. Homeowners insurance is carried to cover just such a case. Your neighbor will not pay. His insurance company will. Then you will get the money you deserve to pay those medical bills and lost wages.
If you are injured, you can talk to us at Eiland and Ritchie for free. There is no charge unless we collect for you. We want to help you and in doing so get you back on your feet.
Alabama personal injury lawyer