Trusted Dothan Premises Liability Attorneys Represent Injured Clients
Alabama lawyers work to hold property owners accountable after accidents
The Dothan premises liability attorneys of Carey & Hamner, P.C. represent Alabama residents and visitors injured on commercial and residential properties. Alabama’s contributory negligence rule prevents injured people from holding property owners liable if the injured person bears any amount of fault for the incident. This is why it is essential to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer after a slip, trip, fall or any other accident caused by a hazard on someone else’s property. We vigorously pursue compensation for clients through settlement negotiations and litigation.
How Alabama property owners must maintain their premises for different types of visitors
The duty of care owed by property owners to visitors depends on the purpose of the visit. Alabama law recognizes three types of visitors:
- Invitee — An invitee is any customer or serviceperson who is on a property for business reasons. A property owner must keep the property safe and warn invitees of any dangers the property owner knows about or should know about.
- Licensee — A licensee is a person who is on a property for social or recreational purposes. A property owner is responsible for warning licensees about known dangers and hazards.
- Trespasser — A trespasser is any person on another’s property without permission. A property owner/controller can be held liable for injury if he or she intentionally creates a hazard for trespassers or intentionally, willfully or recklessly causes injury to the trespasser.
Regardless of your specific status, we can assess the circumstances of your case and advise you on the strength of a potential premises liability claim.
Elements of a premises liability claim
To succeed in an Alabama premises liability case, the injured plaintiff must prove that the following elements are present:
- The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff
- The defendant breached that duty of care
- The breach in duty of care resulted in the plaintiff’s injury
- The plaintiff’s negligence did not contribute to their injury
Our firm has proven defendants’ liability in many difficult cases.
Types of property hazards that lead to injuries
Circumstances that commonly give rise to premises liability claims include:
- Slippery floors and sidewalks — Many slip and fall accidents are attributed to wet, icy or cluttered walking surfaces devoid of proper warnings about unsafe conditions.
- Dangerous dogs — A person who suffers a dog bite in Alabama can hold the dog’s owner liable in most cases.
- Defective conditions — Loose handrails, malfunctioning escalators and poor electrical wiring are among the defective conditions that can cause serious injury.
- Poor maintenance — Property owners who put off necessary repairs to potholes or other deteriorating property conditions may be at fault for resulting injuries.
- Inadequate security — A person may wander into an unsafe area and face injury if adequate locks or other protective measures are not installed.
Whether your situation relates to one of these situations or something else, our firm can help.
Common injuries caused by negligent property owners
Common injuries resulting from property owner negligence include:
- Broken hips
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal fractures
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Broken limbs, wrists and ankles
- Lacerations and punctures
We determine where property owners failed and how injuries could have been prevented.
Alabama legal team seeks premises liability compensation for clients
A successful plaintiff in a premises liability case can collect compensation for:
- Emergency medical care
- Follow-up appointments
- Physical therapy
- Mental health services
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
We vigorously pursue payment that is sufficient to cover immediate and long-term accident expenses.
Contact an experienced Dothan premises liability lawyer for a free consultation
The personal injury attorneys of Carey & Hamner, P.C. in Dothan, Alabama represent injured clients in premises liability claims throughout Houston, Dale and Henry counties. To schedule a free consultation, call 855-435-4797 or contact us online.