Dedicated Attorneys Pursue Full Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents
Alabama personal injury lawyer assists with slip and fall injuries
In the seconds it takes for a slip and fall accident to occur, you can incur a lifetime of debilitating pain. You didn’t deserve for this to happen, but what can you do now? Your potential remedy depends on the circumstances of your fall and the quality of legal representation you retain. In most situations, if a hidden hazard on someone else’s property caused your fall, you may be able to sue the property owner or manager for negligence. However, if your fall occurred at work, your remedy is limited to workers’ compensation, unless a third party carelessly caused the fall. In either case, you should consult a slip and fall accident attorney at Carey & Hamner, P.C. in Dothan. We thoroughly investigate the situation, explain your options, and aggressively pursue the benefits and compensation you deserve.
Common hazards leading to slip and fall injuries
Although there are exceptions, Alabama generally holds the individual or entity in control of the premises responsible for injuries that occur when visitors encounter hidden hazards. These hazards include:
- Wet floors
- Loose tiles
- Dark passageways
- Missing handrails
- Uneven flooring
- Inadequate lighting
Property owners have a duty to remedy a potential hazard by removing it or providing adequate warning to anyone who might encounter it. If you suffered a trip and fall or slip and fall due to an unseen danger, we will seek full personal injury compensation on your behalf, including payments for your medical bills, lost earnings, and your pain and suffering.
What to do after a slip and fall accident
Slip and fall accidents are not always easy to prove. After a fall happens, potentially liable parties might try to remedy the situation. While this might prevent future falls, it also destroys evidence you need to prove your case. For that reason, it’s critically important to gather evidence on the spot, if at all possible. This includes taking photos of the accident site and statements from potential witnesses along with their contact information. You should also seek immediate medical treatment. This is necessary for your health, but also to strengthen your legal case.
In your fall happens in the workplace, you must report the accident immediately and get medical attention as soon as possible. You don’t have to worry about proving fault for a workplace fall, unless the person responsible is a third party with whom you don’t have an employer-employee or coworker relationship. Under those circumstances, you might be able to file a negligence lawsuit in addition to your workers’ comp claim.
Compensation and benefits available for a slip and fall injury
If you are able to file a personal injury lawsuit, you can seek compensation for all your economic and noneconomic losses resulting from the injury. These include:
- Medical bills
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
If the fall occurs at work, you may be limited to workers’ compensation benefits, which include:
- Medical treatment — You are covered for all bills related to care that is reasonable and necessary.
- Wage replacement — You cannot recover all your lost earnings, but you can receive benefits equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wages.
- Permanent partial disability — If your fall causes you to lose some degree of bodily function, you can receive a cash benefit.
If your employer denies your claim, immediately contact an Alabama workers’ compensation attorney at our firm to protect your rights.
Contact our Alabama law firm for a free consultation about a slip and fall or trip and fall injury
Carey & Hamner, P.C. in Dothan represents clients injured in slip and fall and trip and fall accidents. To schedule a free consultation, call 855-435-4797 or contact us online. Our office is located across Main Street from the First United Methodist Church.