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While shopping for this week's groceries, you slip on an unmarked wet patch on the floor. Your arms flail as you try to regain balance, but before you know it your feet are out from under you and you're looking up at the people around you, stunned, with a cracked skull and slipped disc. Or you're hurrying down the stairs at work, lost in thought when your foot catches on a loose carpet thread. You lose control, and the sound of your body hitting the ground floor with a sickening thud reverberates through the stairwell. You immediately know something is broken. The searing pain takes weeks to fade to a dull ache, and by then you'll have missed too many days of work - and have mounting medical bills to pay. Slip and fall accidents are traumatizing and unpredictable. They can happen to anyone at any place, and the injuries sustained can take a heavy toll on a victim's health and finances.
Insurance companies often try to minimize the compensation that slip and fall victims receive - they may attempt to shift blame to the victim of the accident, claiming they acted carelessly and are responsible for their own injuries. This is where our expert personal injury lawyers can make all the difference. With decades of experience and a successful track record of handling cases like yours, we'll take on any insurance company that acts in bad faith. Our lawyers will help you navigate complex legal procedures, communicate with different parties on your behalf, and protect your rights all the way to the courtroom. They will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work with medical professionals to build a compelling case. You deserve to move on with your life. To that end, Wettermark Keith will fight for your compensation for any medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, or pain and suffering.
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What Is a "Slip and Fall" Case?
Slip and fall cases are a type of personal injury lawsuit that occurs when someone suffers injuries after a slip, trip, or fall on another person's property. These accidents can happen in virtually any setting, including restaurants, grocery stores, malls, public sidewalks, and private residences. To pursue a slip and fall case, the victim must prove that the property owner or operator was negligent in maintaining the property and failed to uphold their "duty of care," or take reasonable steps to prevent the accident.
Winning a slip and fall case often involves showing that the property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition - such as a wet floor, broken staircase, or uneven pavement - and failed to remedy the situation. Below are some examples of conditions that may result in a slip and fall case:
- Uneven flooring or sidewalk
- Wet, slippery, or icy floors with no barriers or warning signs
- Poor lighting
- Messy floors with splashed food, drinks, or oil
- Loose boards or carpets
- Exposed components such as wires or hoses
- Faulty safety equipment such as handrails
Common Injuries From Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can result in a variety of injuries, some of which can be quite serious. Injuries sustained by an uncontrolled fall can range from minor bruises and cuts to life-threatening brain injuries or paralysis. Below are some of the most common injuries that result from slip and fall accidents:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal injuries
If you've experienced any of these injuries after a slip and fall accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible - they can have serious long-term effects if left untreated. Once you've received treatment, consult with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys to determine whether legal action may be warranted.
What Are My Rights in a Birmingham Personal Injury Case?
The historic buildings that make up downtown Birmingham serve as a testament to our rich cultural heritage and give us an important glimpse into our city's past. While some of these unique buildings, like the Alabama Theatre, have remained treasured, iconic landmarks of the city, limited space has led to others being converted into business locations. On the one hand, these structures are beautiful and rich in character, with ornate facades and unique features not found in modern construction. On the other, they were not built with modern safety standards in mind and can pose serious dangers to residents and visitors alike. Many are in dire need of restoration or renovation due to structural damage, lack of proper handrails, cracked or worn flooring, and uneven surfaces. While most Birmingham business owners take precautions to maintain the historic buildings they occupy, others fail to do so, causing devastating injuries and opening themselves up to liability.
In any Birmingham personal injury case, the plaintiff must prove that certain conditions caused their injury. While you’re (legally) on someone else’s property or premises, you are owed a duty of care - meaning that they should maintain a safe environment for you, free of visible or invisible hazards. This is true in both public places, like grocery stores, or private places where your presence is welcomed. If the owner of the premises breaches this duty of care through negligence or malice - and could be reasonably expected to have known about the danger - they may be liable for your injuries. To win a slip and fall lawsuit, you must prove that your injury resulted directly from the property owner's breach of their duty of care.
If the owners or occupiers of a Birmingham property used for commercial purposes - such as a retail store, consulting firm, or restaurant - violate building codes by not installing handrails on stairs, failing to replace defective exit signs or loose carpet, or installing inadequate lighting, they could be considered negligent in the case of a slip and fall incident. They may be held liable for any dangers they knew or should have known presented a risk to visitors. If you are a guest in someone's home or private property, proving liability can be more complicated. While the property owners have a duty to fix or warn against dangerous conditions on the premises, they are only liable for hazards they actually knew about. To prove negligence in such cases, having an expert Birmingham personal injury attorney on your side can make all the difference.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Will Help You Seek Justice
The last thing you need during your recovery process is seemingly endless negotiations with insurance companies. Even for a slip and fall case that appears clear-cut, obtaining compensation can be complicated. Rather than spending valuable energy gathering evidence and navigating the legal system by yourself, you can call a Wettermark Keith slip and fall attorney to take on your legal burdens and ensure justice is done. Your attorney will streamline all communication for your case and serve as your point of contact for all parties. They will also take on the necessary grunt work of gathering evidence and medical records of your injury, interviewing witnesses, consulting with other experts, and reviewing camera footage. As licensed professionals, our lawyers have access to resources not available to most, including medical testimonies and consultations with building and safety engineers who know how hazardous the premises really were when the accident occurred
Our personal injury lawyers have years of experience representing injured clients in slip and fall cases and understand the difficult circumstances you're facing. They will treat you with honesty and compassion while they investigate the circumstances of your accident, develop a legal strategy that meets your needs, and advocate all the way to the courtroom for the compensation you deserve. You don't have to face the complexities of law alone - call our team today at (877) 715-9300.
What Damages Can An Attorney Help Me Claim?
If you've been injured in a Birmingham slip and fall accident, we can help you pursue damages for any losses and expenses you incurred as a result of your injury. Below are the types of damages our attorneys may help you claim in a slip and fall case:
- Medical expenses: Your Birmingham attorney can help you claim compensation for all your medical expenses, including those you may incur in the future. This may include hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and ongoing treatment.
- Lost wages: If your injury has prevented you from working, you may be entitled to compensation for any lost wages. If you are now unable to work in the same capacity due to your injury, your attorney can also help you claim future income from lost earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering: Slip and fall accidents can cause both physical pain and emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). An attorney can help you pursue compensation for any ongoing pain and suffering induced by your injury.
- Property damage: If your phone, glasses, medical device, or other property was damaged during your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for these damages.
- Punitive damages: In some cases, a court may award punitive damages designed to punish the negligent party and discourage future accidents.
Why Choose Wettermark Keith?
With offices located throughout Alabama, Tennessee, and now Florida, Wettermark Keith has an excellent reputation as one of the most accomplished personal injury firms in the country. Our reach is not only regional but includes a diverse range of practice areas, such as: personal injury cases, auto wrecks, trucking wrecks, insurance dispute claims (including storm damage claims), nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, on-the-job injuries (including workers compensation) social security disability, and veterans’ disability claims. At Wettermark Keith, we believe in taking cases personally. Our purpose is to practice with care and compassion - to tell our client’s stories and make their voices heard. We do this by building strong relationships based on constant communication and an unwavering dedication to truth and trust. Winning cases isn’t our goal - caring for you is. Winning is just how we show it. As we say, it’s more to us, it’s personal.
Contact Us Today For a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it's important to take action right away to protect your rights. At Wettermark Keith, we offer free consultations to those injured by negligence. During our free case reviews, our team will examine the details of your accident and injury. If you qualify for compensation, we will assign you an attorney to work with you to build an effective case. To schedule a consultation, don't wait - call our Birmingham office number at (877) 715-9300, or message us through the form on our website.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is a statute of limitations governing nearly every type of case - slip and fall cases are no different. In Alabama, personal injury cases are held to a two-year statute of limitations, meaning you cannot take legal action once two years have passed since your accident. Consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options and avoid missing this deadline.