Alabama Slip and Fall Lawyer
Free Consultations for Premises Liability Cases
If you would like to schedule a free consultation with Nelson Johnson regarding a slip and fall or other type of premises liability case, feel free to email or call. My office is located in Cullman, near approximately one block from the Cullman County Courthouse.
What is Premises Liability?
A Premises Liability claim is based on the negligence of another causing you to suffer an injury while on their property. The most common form of premises liability is a slip and fall case. It is not enough that you suffered an injury on the property of another, but instead their must be some level of negligence by the property owner in allowing the dangerous condition to cause your injury.
You and your attorney need to show that the property owner either ignored a hazardous condition or otherwise acted negligently. The basic structure of that is:
A duty of care existed.
There was a breach of that duty of care.
An accident occurred because of the breach.
Damages resulted directly and proximately from the accident.
What is the Duty of Care for a Home Owner or Business Owner?
In Alabama a Home Owner or Business Owner has a duty to keep their property in a safe condition. When owners fail to take reasonable care to ensure their premises is free from dangerous conditions or fail to warn of those known dangerous conditions they breach their duty of care to any invited visitors.
The Most Common Defense
In many cases the primary defense that the property owner will make is that they did not have notice of the dangerous or hazardous condition on their property, and therefore had no duty to warn of the same. In cases such as a slip and fall due to a foreign substance on the floor the Plaintiff will need to prove that the Owner either had actual knowledge of the substance or that it existed for such an extended period of time that the Owner should have known about the substance.