Have you been seriously injured on someone else’s property and are not sure who is to blame? A premises liability case involves someone being injured on the property of another. A typical case is one in which someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. If you’ve sustained injury, you should enlist help from a premises liability lawyer immediately.
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Under Alabama’s premises liability laws, owners must maintain their property and take reasonable steps to keep their visitors safe. When a property owner or manager fails to do this, they may become financially responsible for the injured visitor’s damages, including:
However, property owners don’t have to protect everyone to the same extent. Before you file a claim, you’ll need to evaluate the duty of care that applies in your case.
Most Alabama premises liability claims focus on the property owner or manager’s negligence (rather than intentional acts). To be negligent, they must have owed you a duty of care but failed to meet it, causing your injuries and damages. Depending on the nature of your visit to the property, this duty of care will vary.
Invitee: Invitees are owed the highest standard of care. You are an invitee if you were invited onto the property for a commercial purpose. Some of the most common invitees are business customers. Property owners must inspect their premises, identify hazards, fix them, and warn invitees of any potential dangers.
Licensee: Most licensees are social guests at someone’s property. These individuals were invited to the premises, but not for a commercial purpose. The owner must fix known hazards and warn you of dangers but does not have a duty to inspect their property.
Trespasser: If you entered a property without an invitation (either explicit or implicit), you are a trespasser. Unfortunately, property owners owe trespassers a very low duty of care. Under some circumstances, they must warn you about known dangers.
Child Trespassers: Sometimes, children regularly cut through properties or are enticed by attractive nuisances like swimming pools. If property owners should have known of the risk of an injury to a child, they may be liable for damages — even if the child trespassed.
If you’re unsure which category of visitor you or your loved one falls into, contact an experienced Alabama premises liability lawyer at Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys today. We’ll help you understand your legal rights and what you should do next.
At Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys, we handle all varieties of Alabama premises liability claims, including:
Every case is different and deserves a personalized evaluation from a premises liability lawyer. That’s why we offer free, no-risk initial consultations at Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys. To get our fair and honest assessment of your claim and its value, contact our office today.
To a have valid premises liability claim in Alabama, you must be able to prove that the property owner failed in his or her duty to maintain the property in a condition reasonably safe from hazards, including following all building codes. You must show that the hazard existed, it caused your injuries, and the property owner knew or should have known of the hazard and failed to repair the hazard or warn you of its presence.
Examples of hazards may include:
Your case and situation are unique, and they deserve a customized analysis. If you believe that your injuries were caused by a negligent property owner or manager, call an Alabama premises liability lawyer at Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys today. We can help you understand your claims’ strengths and legal options.
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