When you slip and fall and suffer injuries on someone else’s property in Alabama, you might have a right to hold the property owner or lessee legally responsible. A Hoover slip and fall accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm can help you get justice by recovering damages for your injuries and expenses.
Our personal injury law office in Birmingham provides free case reviews for injured victims in Jefferson and Shelby counties. We want you to understand your rights, legal options, and how our team can help.
Damages Can Compensate Victims for Their Expenses and Losses
The damages available in a Hoover slip and fall accident include the economic and emotional losses incurred by victims because of their injuries. We identify these damages as a part of our investigation into their case and document them to calculate a fair settlement value. We then use this value as the basis for our negotiations with the insurer or property owner.
Some of the most common recoverable damages in a fall accident in Hoover include:
- Medical bills and related costs
- Future care and support costs
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning ability
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Other noneconomic damages
What If My Loved One Died in a Hoover Fall Incident?
Not all fall injuries are minor. Some cause devastating injuries and or death – typically due to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or massive internal injuries. Deadly falls are more common on stairs, decks, balconies, and other elevated areas, but they can occur in slip and trip accidents, as well.
You can find Alabama’s wrongful death statute under Ala. Code § 6-5-410. This statute is unique because it only allows family members to recover punitive damages. One of our wrongful death lawyers can help you understand how this could affect your case.
For a free legal consultation with a Slip and Fall Accident lawyer serving Hoover, call (205) 380-4158
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC, Fights for Justice in Fall Accident Cases
For over 40 years, the Morris Bart law office has represented injured victims of premises liability cases. This category includes victims hurt in:
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Falls from an elevated area, such as stairs
We know what it takes to prove these cases under Alabama’s premises liability laws and how to value these claims. As a result, we can often negotiate a settlement for our clients while they focus on making a full recovery and getting back to work.
If we represent you in your Hoover fall accident case, we will:
- Protect your rights
- Manage communications with the insurer and at-fault party
- Investigate what happened
- Gather evidence to support your claim
- Value the case
- Demand a just payout from the insurer
- Negotiate for a fair settlement
- Sue the liable party if necessary
We Can Meet at Our Birmingham Office or Your Hoover Home
Our Birmingham office serves many of the city’s suburbs, including Hoover. However, we are also able to meet with clients in Hoover at their homes, a hospital, or another convenient location. We are a contingency fee personal injury law firm.Meaning that we will not ask you to pay anything unless we win your case and you receive compensation.
Our recent case results include over 6,500 wins for clients in 2019 alone. We recovered compensation in each case by developing a solid argument and filing a claim or lawsuit. We may be able to do the same for you and your family.
Proving Your Hoover Slip and Fall Accident Claims
Alabama holds property owners responsible for the safety of those who visit, whether they are customers, guests, delivery drivers, or have another legal reason to be there. This standard applies to private property and businesses alike.
Slip and trip hazards include:
- Spills and leaks
- Uneven flooring or pavement
- Items in the walkway
- Unmarked steps
- Poor lighting
- Missing or broken railings
- Problems with carpet, tile, or other flooring
If the property owner is aware—or could be aware—of a hazard and does not address it, they could owe the victim compensation if they suffer injuries. To recover this money, we need to prove:
- The at-fault party (usually the owner or lessee) had control of the property
- There was an unreasonable hazard
- They knew or should have known the danger existed
- The victim fell and suffered injuries because of the hazard
Alabama’s Contributory Negligence Standard Could Affect Your Case
Alabama law makes it more difficult to recover compensation in a slip and fall case than in other states. It is one of four states to recognize pure contributory negligence. The state Supreme Court affirmed this standard in 1980 in Golden v. McCurry, barring victims from any financial recovery if they contributed to causing their fall or injuries in any way.
This rule means we often need to counter allegations that our client was clumsy, wore inappropriate shoes, or otherwise contributed to causing their fall injuries. We can only recover compensation for our client if we prove these allegations are false.
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When Is a Lawsuit Necessary in a Premises Liability Case?
Many premises liability cases settle without requiring a lawsuit. Even fewer go to trial. However, a few situations could call for suing the property owner or another liable party:
- The insurer denies the claim
- Will not offer a fair settlement despite the evidence
- The insurer or property owner accuse our client of contributory negligence
- The deadline set by Ala. Code § 6-2-38 approaches
Generally, we have up to two years to sue in a personal injury case. However, some circumstances can reduce this time. If an exception applies to your case, we will discuss it. As a part of protecting our clients’ rights, we meet all applicable deadlines when possible.
Talk to a Lawyer from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC, for Free Today
At the Morris Bart law office, our attorneys provide complimentary consultations. We also offer free legal case reviews for those hurt on someone else’s property in Hoover and nearby areas. We could help you get compensation for your injuries.
Call (205) 380-4158 now to discuss your case with one of our premises liability lawyers today.
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