When Buildings Fail: How Alabama Unsafe Building Lawyers Can Help
Under premises liability law, the owners or managers of a building are required to keep their facility reasonably safe to those who may visit the property. Owners are to inform visitors of any known danger as well, this is typically done with posted signage or caution tape. When property owners fail to keep their buildings safe or fail to warn others who may frequent the property of such dangers, serious injuries can take place.
Contact the law office of Wettermark & Keith, today if you or someone you know has been injured in an unsafe building accident. Our top premises liability lawyers have over 30 years of experience handling these types of cases and have the resources needed to make your case a success.
Preventative Measures for Property Owners
Property owners in Alabama can take several steps to prevent accidents:
- Regular Inspections: Conduct frequent inspections to identify and rectify potential hazards.
- Timely Repairs: Promptly repair any identified hazards like broken railings or loose flooring.
- Adequate Warnings: Provide clear warnings and signage for any potential dangers that cannot be immediately addressed.
Steps to Take Immediately After an Injury in an Unsafe Building
If you've suffered an injury in an unsafe building in Alabama, immediate action is crucial:
- Seek Medical Attention: Your health is paramount. Get medical treatment as soon as possible and document your injuries.
- Document the Scene: If possible, take photographs of the area where the injury occurred, focusing on any hazards or unsafe conditions.
- Report the Incident: Notify the building manager or owner about the incident immediately. Ensure this is documented.
- Gather Witness Information: If anyone witnessed the incident, collect their contact information.
- Keep Records: Save all medical records, receipts, and any correspondence related to the incident.
Rights of Injured Parties in Unsafe Building Cases
In Alabama, victims of unsafe building accidents have several rights:
- Right to Compensation: You have the right to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
- Right to Safe Premises: You have the right to expect reasonably safe conditions in buildings you visit.
- Right to Legal Representation: You can seek legal representation to help navigate the complexities of premises liability law.
Impact of Unsafe Building Injuries
Injuries from unsafe buildings can have far-reaching impacts:
- Physical Impact: Injuries can range from minor to severe, potentially leading to long-term disability.
- Emotional and Mental Impact: Victims may suffer from emotional distress, anxiety, and trauma.
- Financial Impact: Medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs can be financially draining.
POTENTIAL DANGERS and Why you Need Building Attorneys
Unsafe building injuries can occur in a large number of different circumstances. The key aspect linking them all together is the fact that the building manager or owner allowed an unsafe condition to exist on their property. If this condition, in turn, causes a person to suffer injury then the manager or owner can be held liable for the damages that their actions (or inaction) have caused.
Examples of unsafe conditions in Alabama buildings, but not limited to, includes:
- Faulty Elevators
- Broken Staircases
- Uneven Stairs
- Broken or Damaged Handrails
- Holes in Flooring
- Unsecured Overhead Objects
- Objects Falling from Heights
- Exposed Electrical Wiring
- Faulty Escalators
- Negligent Security
- Negligent Stocking of Shelves
It should be noted that even abandoned buildings fall under premises liability law. While no manager or building supervisor is on-site for an abandoned building, the site should be taped off and signage posted indicating the dangers that may exist within. If these measures are not taken and an unsuspecting person is injured by the conditions inside the building then the owner of the property can still be held liable for the accident.
Essentially, if a business owner or a building manager allows any unsafe condition to exist in their building and the condition causes a degree of injury then they can be held liable for the injuries caused. In a majority of unsafe building cases, the building in question is a store, apartment, or private property. Victims may be shoppers or merely visiting the building when they fall victim to an unsafe condition. Contact our law office today if you or someone close to you has been in an accident due to the negligence of another person in an unsafe building.
Wettermark Keith Building Lawyers SERVING JUSTICE — ONE CASE AT A TIME
Here at Wettermark & Keith, our expert unsafe building injury lawyers have the skills needed to take on the largest public and private corporations. Our top attorneys represent each and every client with the utmost respect, compassion, and employ the thorough legal expertise needed to make their case a success. We realize that this is likely a difficult situation for you and possibly your family and are here for you.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person in an unsafe building accident, contact our seasoned injury lawyers today. Together we can seek a financial compensation figure that meets your needs as a victim and can continue to provide for you and your family, long after this ordeal is over. Contact the office closest to you and we can help get you the compensation you deserve and need.
Remember, it is only through extensive professional litigation that a successful claim of personal injury or wrongful death can be made to come to fruition. This is precisely how our top accident lawyers operate for every client, every day. We work hard to serve justice to those injured, one case at a time.
Call or contact us today, we are here to help. We serve Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Dothan & all of Alabama.
Frequently Asked Questions
Alabama law requires building owners to maintain their properties in a condition that reasonably ensures the safety of all visitors. This means regular maintenance, prompt repairs of hazards, and adequate warnings about potential dangers.
Common defenses include arguing that the victim was trespassing, the hazard was open and obvious, or the victim's own negligence contributed to the injury.
Yes, tenants in Alabama can hold landlords accountable if it's proven that the landlord knew or should have known about the unsafe condition and failed to take appropriate action to fix it.
Even for abandoned buildings, owners may be liable if they failed to secure the property or provide adequate warnings about the dangers.
Compensation may include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and sometimes punitive damages, depending on the specifics of the case.
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