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Have You Suffered From a Slip & Fall?

Slip and Fall Injury LawyersProperty owners have a duty to take reasonable care to prevent injury to anyone they invite onto their property. This is true for both personal residences and business properties. 

If you are hurt because of the negligence of a property owner (such as a slip and fall), you may be entitled to have them pay for your recovery and losses that result from the injuries.

Some common incidents that may result in injury include:

  • Slipping on a wet or waxed store floor
  • Being hurt at a dangerous construction project
  • Falling due to unsafe construction of flooring or stairs
  • Being injured in a fire started by hazardous conditions

If you have a personal injury that happened on someone else’s property, you will likely have to deal with the insurance company. A common practice among insurance companies is for them to try and place the blame on the injured person. It is in your best interest to not sign any papers from the business or homeowner’s insurance company until you have consulted your own attorney.

If you, or someone you love, have been injured on someone else’s property, please contact the attorneys at Siniard, Timberlake & League to set up a FREE consultation and discuss your legal options.  You may contact us online or call us at 256-536-0770.

If I slipped and fell while shopping, is the store responsible for my medical bills and injuries?

A store owner may be responsible for your injuries if the store was not kept a reasonable safe condition and if the store owner failed to warn of a hazard(s) that it created, knew about, or should have known about. Under Alabama law, a hazard could be a puddle of water, an unsafe stairway,  or even an improperly lit hallway.

If I do fall or get injured while in a store, what should I do?

First, get medical attention immediately if you need it.  When you are able, be sure to talk with manager to let him/her know what happened and that you were injured; if the store allows you to fill out an incident report, be sure to do so.  Finally, and if possible, take pictures or videos of the hazard which caused you to be injured.   

I was contacted by the insurance company of the store where I was injured, should I talk to them or contact a lawyer?

Cases involving an injury in a store are very complicated and generally there are many legal hurdles to overcome before a recovery can be achieved.   Oftentimes, an insurance adjuster will want to take a “recorded statement” to learn your version of events.  We never recommend giving a recorded statement without first consulting with a lawyer as giving such a statement can prejudice your ability to obtain a recovery for your injuries.     

If I have no health insurance, how can I get medical treatment?

If you do not have and cannot afford insurance, you may be able to seek assistance for primary care at your local health department. If you are without health insurance and need to make a visit to the emergency room or a primary care physician, you will be responsible for paying all costs for treatment. 

Why did the hospital send me a lien?

A hospital may send a lien notice if you do not have insurance or if it chooses not to file with your health insurance provider.  The lien allows the hospital to recover full payment of your total hospital charges from any judgment or settlement you receive from the party that caused your injuries.  However, they aren’t always able to file a lien if you have insurance.  If you have insurance, the hospital may be contractually required to file with your healthcare insurance and accept payment from the insurance company as full satisfaction of the charges.

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