Slip and Fall
Huntsville Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys, Alabama
Dedicated to protecting the rights of clients injured on someone else’s property
The experienced Huntsville premises liability lawyers at Martin & Helms know what it takes to hold negligent property owners responsible when visitors are injured on their property because of negligent conditions. You may schedule a no obligation free consultation to discuss your case and receive legal guidance on how you might proceed. You will never pay attorney fees until we recover compensation for you.
What is premises liability?
Say you were walking from a building to your car in a parking lot that was poorly lit. Your shoe got caught in a broken piece of pavement, and you fell and injured your ankle, knee, and wrist.
This is an example of a premises liability injury. Premises liability is an aspect of personal injury law which is concerned with the injuries a person sustains on someone else’s property. Most people have slipped and fallen at least once in their lifetime, but what causes a slip and fall injury to give rise to taking legal action is that it was caused by negligent conditions. Property owners in Alabama and throughout the United States owe a duty of care to those who visit their property to maintain it, to remove the obvious, foreseeable hazards and to warn visitors of hazards that cannot, or have not yet, been mitigated. For example, if there is a crumbling flight of stairs, the property owner could rope off the stairs along with hanging a sign which warns visitors to stay away from them and use a different stairway.
What causes slip and fall injuries?
Falls are one of the leading causes of accidental injury in the United States. There are countless different things that cause people to slip or trip and fall including:
What types of injuries occur with slip and fall accidents?
The severity of injuries from a slip and fall accident can range from a scrape on the knee and a bruised ego, to broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. Examples of slip and fall injuries include:
How can a Huntsville slip and fall injury attorney add value to my injury claim?
While slip and fall injuries are the most common type of personal injury claim, they are not always the easiest cases to win. As the plaintiff, you have the burden of proof. You must provide evidence that proves the liability of the property owner. You must prove that the defendant in your case owed a duty of care to you, and the breach of his or her duty of care was negligence. You must prove that his or her negligence was the direct cause of your injury.
This is not as simple a process as it sounds. An experienced Huntsville premises liability lawyer understands the nuances of the law and precisely the kind of evidence needed to prove your case.
Your slip and fall injury lawyer will negotiate a fair settlement or present a well-formed case on your behalf if your case ends up going to trial, which would likely happen if you have suffered a serious injury with permanent consequences.
The best way to understand how being represented by a competent slip and fall injury lawyer feels is to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. You will be under no obligation to work with our firm, and you will get a clear impression of what we can do and how we can be helpful in pursuing justice for you.
What if I can’t afford to hire a slip and fall lawyer?
Sometimes, when people have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, and they want to hire a lawyer to represent them, it might be the first time they have had to hire a lawyer. They may not realize that injury lawyers customarily accept injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that instead of paying a sizeable retainer in advance, the lawyer will advance the costs to pursue your case and then they get paid as a percentage of the total settlement or jury verdict amount.
With a contingency fee arrangement, you can enjoy the benefits of having strong representation up front without struggling to pay for it, and your lawyer is incentivized to recover as much compensation for you as possible.
What damages are available if I win my slip and fall injury claim?
If your Huntsville slip and fall injury attorney has successfully proven the defendant’s negligence and you received a settlement or a favorable jury verdict, you will receive financial compensation (damages) for the following depending on the facts of your case:
- Medical expenses for past, current, and future medical care related to the accident
- Lost wages for the time you missed at work while you were recovering from your injury
- Disability for permanent injuries that prevent you from working
- Pain and suffering from the injury
- Emotional distress from the trauma of the accident
- Loss of consortium for the spouse of the injured person
- Other losses
If you have sustained a slip and fall injury on someone else’s property because of negligent conditions, you may have grounds for legal action. At Martin & Helms, our experienced Huntsville premises liability lawyers are dedicated to making the process of pursuing compensation as stress free as possible for our clients. Meet with us today to discover how we can help you.
Schedule a free consultation with our experienced Huntsville Alabama slip and fall injury lawyers today
If you have sustained a slip and fall injury on someone else’s property, the trusted Huntsville premises liability lawyers at Martin & Helms are here to pursue for justice for you. Please call 256-539-1990 or complete our contact form to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case. We also serve injured clients in Decatur, Athens and Madison, and throughout Alabama.