Dothan Shopping Mall Accident Lawyers Seek Compensation for Clients

Alabama firm assists victims of shopping center and strip mall injuries

Shopping centers and strip malls have numerous possible hazards that can lead to serious injuries. If you were injured and it was due to the negligence of the property owner or a tenant business, a Dothan shopping mall accident attorney can increase your chances of getting fair compensation. At Carey & Hamner, P.C., our effective attorneys have almost four decades of combined experience successfully helping individuals hurt in Alabama shopping malls obtain payment for their medical bills, lost income and the pain and suffering they endured.  

Types of shopping mall accidents

Types of incidents that can cause injuries at shopping malls include:

  • Slip and falls in stores, common areas and parking lots
  • Escalator and elevator accidents
  • Amusement ride incidents
  • Physical assaults
  • Falling objects
  • Crowd control failures
  • Gas leaks or carbon monoxide poisoning

Malls are public spaces that invite customers to visit so their operators can be held responsible for injuries if proper attention is not paid to safety. Our attorneys can advise you about your chances to win damages in a premises liability claim when you have been injured.

Common causes of shopping mall accidents

The following dangerous conditions frequently cause shopping mall accidents:

  • Wet floors
  • Uneven or cracked walking surfaces
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Structural issues
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Malfunctioning escalators or elevators
  • Negligent security
  • Wrinkled carpeting or loose throw rugs

We will investigate the accident that caused your injury to determine why it happened and who may be liable.

Liability and legal responsibility for Alabama shopping mall injuries

Shopping center operators are legally obligated to take reasonable steps to make malls safe for visitors. When they fail to do so and someone gets hurt, they can be held liable. Depending on the circumstances and type of accident, the following parties could be defendants in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Shopping center operator
  • Property owner or manager
  • Store operator
  • Security company

In some cases, more than one party may be at fault. We will work to establish liability of all the parties who may have contributed to your injuries through their negligence or willful act.   

Alabama premises liability laws

Visitors to shopping malls are considered invitees under Alabama premises liability law and are extended the strongest protections from hidden hazards. The law says that property owners must use reasonable care and diligence to keep premises safe or give sufficient warning of potential dangers. This safety duty encompasses hazards that the owner knew about or should have known about. If someone falls down the stairs because of a broken handrail that was not repaired, for example, or slips on a just-mopped floor and there were no warnings in place, the mall operator may be found to be negligent. To win damages in a negligence case, it must be shown that you were owed a duty of care and the defendant breached that duty, which directly led to your injury. We will work hard to prove that the defendant was completely to blame for the incident where you were hurt. As a contributory negligence state, Alabama bars plaintiffs from collecting damages even if they are held to be 1 percent at fault for their injury.  

Compensation for shopping mall accidents

When you are hurt in a shopping mall accident, you may be able to get compensation that includes payment for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence

Once our injury attorneys review the facts in your case, we will help you understand what type of financial recovery you can expect.  

Contact an Alabama shopping center accident lawyer for a free consultation

At Carey & Hamner, P.C., our Dothan shopping mall accident lawyers can help you file a claim if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence at an Alabama shopping center. Call 855-435-4797 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.