Dothan Office Building Accident Attorneys Safeguard Clients’ Rights

Alabama law firm pursues compensation for injuries caused by negligence

Office buildings are busy places with many potential hazards. If you experienced an injury due to another party’s carelessness, a Dothan office building accident attorney from Carey & Hamner, P.C. may be able to get you compensation. Our respected Alabama law firm has obtained beneficial outcomes for clients in personal injury cases for over 20 years.  

Types of office building accidents

One of the most common office building accidents resulting in serious injuries is a slip and fall accident due to recently mopped floors. If there are no caution signs warning that floors are wet, building management may be liable for injuries. Aside from wet floors, other common hazards in office buildings that could lead to injury include:

  • Malfunctioning escalators and elevators
  • Falling objects
  • Electrical hazards and fires
  • Poorly maintained premises
  • Inadequate security leading to assaults

An injury attorney from our law firm will investigate the circumstances of your accident or incident to determine how it happened and whether you have a liability claim.

Steps to take after an office building accident

Get medical treatment, even if you don’t immediately feel you were injured. Serious injuries do not always show up right away. You should also do the following to help safeguard your interests:

  • Report the accident to your supervisor if you work in the building, or to the building management if you are a visitor.
  • Get contact information or statements from any eyewitnesses to the accident.
  • Take photographs of the scene and of your injuries.

By taking these steps, you will help our attorneys begin to build your claim. We will then more thoroughly investigate and collect all necessary evidence.

Workers’ compensation vs. personal injury claims

Workers’ compensation insurance provides medical and wage replacement benefits for people hurt on the job. In most cases, employees hurt at work are barred from filing personal injury claims against their employers. However, if your accident was caused by the negligence of a third-party, you could potentially hold that party liable in a personal injury claim. Third parties might include a contractor or even the building landlord if your company does not occupy the entire space and your accident happened in a common area. Because cases involving workplace injuries in office buildings can be complex, it is wise to consult with one of our attorneys who will ensure your rights are protected.  

Responsibility and liability

Office building owners, managers and tenants owe a duty of care to keep properties reasonably safe for visitors. This means they must correct potential dangers or provide adequate warning about hazards. When that duty is breached and an accident happens, these parties can be held liable for their negligence in a personal injury claim. Proving negligence requires showing that you were owed a duty of care, the party failed in their duty, that failure led to your injuries and you suffered damages. Sometimes more than one party may be responsible for hazardous conditions. Our law firm will examine the evidence to discover who was at fault and hold all liable parties accountable.  

Compensation after an office building accident

Your claim’s value will be based on the damages you suffered. Damages may include payment for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Future lost income
  • Pain and suffering

We will negotiate with the insurance company of the at-fault party to obtain a fair settlement for you. Most strong claims are able to be resolved through insurance negotiations. However, if for some reason negotiations are unsuccessful, we will counsel you about taking your case to trial.

Contact an Alabama office building accident lawyer for a free consultation

At Carey & Hamner, P.C., our Dothan attorneys provide effective legal guidance to individuals in Alabama who have been injured in office building accidents. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced accident attorney call 855-435-4797 or contact us online.