You Fall. Can You Collect Under Alabama Law?

Sep 7, 2021 | Allen A. Ritchie, Premises Liability

Allen's Answers


Slip and fall is a silly-sounding name for a serious situation. These dangerous accidents can be caused by wet surfaces, uneven carpeting, insufficient lighting, loose handrails, and so much more. The injuries can result in months, if not years, of recovery.

My partner, Bill Eiland, is exceptionally knowledgeable about these types of cases. Other lawyers are known to refer to us – especially if the issues are particularly complicated.

Let me set one thing straight – it is not true that if you fall in a business, the business will give you money. Here is why – you are fighting the insurance company of the business and not the actual business owner. The insurance company will pay any money, and not surprisingly, they do not like doing this.

However, there are some things you can do to help your case.

  • Seek immediate medical attention

The more you wait, the less likely you will appear to be hurt. Also, we will need the opinion of a medical professional to back up the severity of your injuries. He or she can also validate your complaints of pain and suffering.

  • Report the accident

You want a written report. Most businesses have procedures to cover accidents in their store or offices. However, I strongly suggest that you do not make a statement to an insurance adjuster for the business until you have spoken to a lawyer.

  • Document your injuries and the accident scene

If your injuries permit or you have a friend with you, use your phone to grab pictures of the scene. You will be amazed at how quickly evidence disappears. Also, document your injuries.

Lots of businesses now have video camera recordings covering much, if not all, of their property. A lawyer can issue a letter that prohibits companies from destroying that evidence.

One final thought – do not discuss your accident on social media. What you say there can only hurt your case.

Join us on NBC 15 LawCall here in Mobile every Sunday night at 10:30, right after the news. We are taking a fall break and will offer 5-minute segments for the rest of the year and a live call-in segment every Monday on NBC 15 at around lunchtime.

Allen Ritchie

Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer