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Alabama Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys Serving Mobile & Dothan

The Dothan slip and fall injury lawyers at Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC have extensive experience helping people who have slipped, tripped, and fallen in a variety of public and private properties. We are passionate about helping the wrongfully injured recover the maximum compensation they need and deserve.

Slips and fall accidents can occur in a variety of settings, such as broken neighborhood sidewalks, wet supermarket floors, or unlit stairwells. These incidents are often sudden and can unfortunately have a profound impact on a person’s life. Those who suffer from falls typically endure more than just physical pain, they also face the stress of escalating medical bills and potential loss of earnings.

If you were hurt on someone else’s dangerous property, whether at a restaurant, grocery store, someone’s home, or somewhere else, the slip and fall injury lawyers at Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC want to hear your story. Contact us today online or at 844-654-6228 to schedule a FREE case evaluation. We serve clients throughout southern Alabama and the Tri-State Area, including Dothan and Mobile.

Contact Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC at (844) 654-6228 now to schedule your FREE initial consultation.

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How Our Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help You

At Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC, we understand that experiencing a slip and fall accident can be both physically painful and emotionally distressing. These incidents are not just simple accidents; they can lead to serious injuries, financial strain, and a significant impact on your quality of life. Our experienced slip and fall injury lawyers are here to handle every aspect of your claim. From your initial consultation to the resolution of your case, we will stand by you and protect your rights and best interests.

Here’s how we can help.

Understanding Your Situation

First and foremost, we recognize the challenges you’re facing. A slip and fall incident can bring unexpected medical bills, loss of income, and mental anguish. Our team listens intently, working to fully understand your situation and provide the support you need.

Extensive Legal Knowledge

Slip and fall cases can be intricate. They involve aspects of premises liability law, and determining fault can be complicated. Our experienced lawyers have a deep understanding of these complexities and are skilled in investigating and building strong cases for our clients.

Proving Liability

One pivitol aspect of recovering compensation is proving liability. A slip and fall lawyer will work tirelessly to gather evidence, such as surveillance footage, witness statements, and maintenance records, to demonstrate that the property owner’s negligence led to your injury.

Negotiating with Insurance Companies

Insurance companies can be challenging to deal with. Our slip and fall attorneys are skilled negotiators who know how to communicate effectively with insurers to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, without being undervalued or dismissed.

Maximizing Your Compensation

We strive to secure maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Our goal is to ensure that your financial burdens are alleviated as much as possible, allowing you to focus on recovery.

Support Beyond the Courtroom

At Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC, our commitment to you extends beyond legal representation. We provide guidance and support throughout your recovery process, connecting you with medical professionals and support systems.

Testimonials From Former Clients

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Joey (and his team) was extremely helpful in a time when we did not know what to do. His professional approach gave us assurance while he settled our case.

- Stephen

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Love, love, love these people! When no one out there seems to care, let me tell you that this group right here will fight tooth and nail for you.

- Mindy

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I would highly recommend Cory Driggers. He kept me informed all during my case. I never felt left in the dark. He was always straightforward with me. I can’t express how impressed I was with him.

- Cristal

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“I’ve had Joey take care of three separate cases and two for other family members. The service was always great and he was always there to answer my questions no matter how many times I called. Great m …”

- Jesse

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Cory was absolutely fantastic. He settled my case beyond what I could even imagine. Not only was he very knowledgeable concerning the law, he was available whenever we needed him, Cory was also so kind and courteous to us at all times. During the time since my case ended I have called on Cory several times to ask questions related to situations I have had going on and he has always been available to help me. I would recommend Cory without a second thought to any friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance.

- Tammy

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Cory and his staff are very professional and make you feel at ease whether it is by phone or in person. My case was solved quickly and very efficiently. Thanks for everything!!

- Leslie

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“Never in a million years did I believe that these attorneys would do everything possible to seek justice.”

- Former Client

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I would recommend Mr. Driggers to anybody needing legal help him and his staff first of all are very nice to you and act like they are very understanding to your needs. He talked to me on the phone like he knew me all my life and that really mattered to me. When we had our hearing he treated me like he had already met me and he hadn’t, I just really loved him and have already been telling people about him and his office.

- Julie

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Mr.Driggers is a wonderful Lawyer that knows the law, he helped me when I had no idea in my situation where to start and what to do, he worked with me hands on and got the best results for me in my case. It was a privilege to get to know him as my lawyer and a friend. If you need legal representation call him you will be satisfied.

- Darlene Green

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Cory Driggers represented my daughter following an car accident. He showed real genuine care for her and the case. He and his staff worked to get all of the medical bills gathered and also to get them decreased. Cory kept us updated and contacted my daughter when decisions needed to be made. Ultimately, Cory got what my daughter deserved for her injuries and my daughter was completely satisfied. I would recommend Cory to anyone that is looking for a good Christian attorney. Thanks Cory for your help!

- Darryl

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Hired Joseph Morris to handle my car accident and he did a great job at handling the case and explained the process as the case went. I would highly recommend him.

- Thelma

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The staff handled my case in a prompt and professional manner. They returned my calls in a timely fashion and was always prepared to answer any questions. Furthermore, Attorney Driggers is a Christian man and first class professional. I am certainly happy that i was represented by this Law Firm.

- Sundiata Fleming

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I would highly recommend Cory Driggers. He kept me informed all during my case. I never felt left in the dark. He was always straightforward with me . I can’t express how impressed I was with him.

- Cristal

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“I was pleased with their work and the outcome of my case.”

- Former Client

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“Our family is so thankful for Mark, Dan and their entire team. Every step of the way they made sure we were comfortable and understood every aspect of our case. It was apparent that our interest was …”

- Sue

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Attorney Driggers and his team did a wonderful job with my case. They were professional and pleasant. They were patient with me and answered all my questions. They addressed all my concerns from the first conversation to the last. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing an attorney.

- Lorraine

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are among the most frequent causes of injury and can occur in a variety of settings. Understanding these common causes can help in identifying potential hazards and taking steps to prevent accidents. Here are some of the most typical reasons these accidents happen:

  • Wet and Uneven Surfaces: This is the most common cause, including spilled liquids in grocery stores, freshly mopped floors without warning signs, and uneven sidewalks or pavements.
  • Poor Weather Conditions: Ice, snow, and rain can make outdoor surfaces slippery, leading to falls. Areas without proper maintenance during bad weather are especially hazardous.
  • Inadequate Lighting: Poor lighting can make it difficult to see potential hazards, such as steps, uneven floors, or obstacles, increasing the risk of a fall.
  • Clutter and Obstacles: Obstacles in walkways, such as cords, clutter, or debris, can easily cause someone to trip and fall.
  • Lack of Handrails and Safety Barriers: Staircases and elevated areas without proper handrails or barriers pose a significant risk for falls.
  • Loose Floor Mats and Rugs: Mats or rugs that are not properly secured can slide or roll, leading to slips and trips.
  • Unmarked Hazards: Hazards that are not clearly marked, like a step down or a raised threshold, can catch someone off-guard, resulting in a fall.
  • Improper Footwear: Shoes that do not provide adequate traction or are inappropriate for certain floor types can contribute to slip and fall incidents.

Property owners have a duty to ensure their premises are safe for those who visit. If someone failed in this duty, and you were hurt as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional losses.

Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC can assess the facts in your situation and explain your legal options in a FREE and confidential case evaluation. Call now to speak to an attorney at no cost.

Where Do Most Slip and Falls Happen?

Slip and fall accidents can happen virtually anywhere, but there are certain locations where they are more common. Some of the most frequent places for these incidents include:

  • Retail Stores and Supermarkets: Spilled liquids, freshly mopped floors without warning signs, and cluttered aisles often contribute to slip and fall accidents in these environments.
  • Restaurants and Bars: Spills, wet floors, and uneven surfaces are common in dining and drinking establishments, increasing the risk of falls.
  • Workplaces: Industrial settings, construction sites, and even regular office spaces can have slip and fall hazards like exposed cables, uneven flooring, or slippery surfaces.
  • Public Spaces: Sidewalks, public parks, and government buildings may have hazards like ice, snow, uneven pavement, or poorly maintained facilities.
  • Residential Properties: Apartment complexes and private homes can have risks like loose carpets, poor lighting, or icy driveways and walkways.
  • Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities: These locations often have hazards due to the nature of care activities, including wet floors, medical equipment in walkways, and more.
  • Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities: The combination of potentially frail residents and hazards like wet floors or poor lighting can lead to falls.
  • Hotels and Resorts: Guests might encounter various hazards, from slippery pool areas to poorly lit stairwells or corridors.
  • Educational Institutions: Schools and universities can have slip and fall risks in cafeterias, hallways, sports facilities, and classrooms.
  • Parking Lots and Garages: These areas may have uneven surfaces, potholes, or slippery conditions due to weather.

It’s important for property owners in these environments to regularly inspect for hazards and take prompt action to fix any issues to prevent slip and fall accidents. If you were hurt because of a property owner or manager’s negligence, you need to know your rights. The Dothan slip and fall lawyers at Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC can help.

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How Do You Prove Liability in a Slip and Fall Claim?

When proving liability in a slip and fall accident, there are four crucial elements to focus on: Duty of Care, Breach of Duty, Causation, and Damages.

  • Duty of Care: First, it’s necessary to establish that the property owner had a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of the environment. This means they must maintain their property to prevent potential hazards that could cause harm to visitors or patrons.
  • Breach of Duty: Next, you must demonstrate that the property owner failed to uphold this duty. This could be due to their negligence in addressing known hazards (like a wet floor without warning signs) or failing to adhere to standard maintenance and safety protocols.
  • Causation: The third step involves linking the property owner’s negligence directly to your accident. It’s critical to show that the fall and any subsequent injuries were a direct result of the property owner’s breach of duty, rather than other external factors.
  • Damages: Lastly, you need to provide evidence of the actual damages incurred due to the fall. This includes physical injuries documented through medical records, financial losses due to medical expenses and lost wages, and other non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

Each of these elements is essential in building a strong slip and fall liability case, and they work together to form a comprehensive argument for your claim.

The slip and fall attorneys at Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC have helped clients across Alabama for years. We understand the complexities of these cases and we know how to build compelling cases on behalf of those we represent. Call us now to learn how we can help you.

What Evidence Is Used to Prove Fault in a Slip and Fall Case?

In a slip and fall case, like other personal injury claims, various forms of evidence are used to build a compelling argument and prove the claim. Key types of evidence include:

  • Photographs and Videos: Photos or videos of the accident scene right after the fall can be crucial. They should capture the hazardous condition that caused the fall, such as a wet floor, uneven pavement, or obstructed walkway.
  • Accident Reports: If the accident occurred in a business or public space, an incident report might have been filed. Obtaining a copy of this report can help establish the facts of the case.
  • Witness Statements: Statements from people who saw the accident or the hazardous condition can provide valuable insights and support your version of events.
  • Medical Records: Documentation of your injuries, including emergency room reports, doctor’s notes, treatment records, and bills, is essential. These records establish a direct link between the fall and your injuries.
  • Surveillance Footage: If the accident was captured by CCTV cameras, this footage can be a critical piece of evidence showing the fall and the conditions that led to it.
  • Maintenance Records: If poor property maintenance was a factor, records that show the maintenance history can be used to demonstrate negligence.
  • Property Inspections: Reports from building inspections or health and safety inspections can reveal whether the property was in compliance with regulations.
  • Expert Testimonies: Experts in fields like accident reconstruction, engineering, or occupational safety can provide insights into how and why the accident occurred.
  • Your Personal Account: A detailed account of the accident, your injuries, and how your life has been impacted can also be powerful evidence.

Collectively, these pieces of evidence help in establishing the liability of the property owner or manager and the extent of damages suffered due to the fall. Our attorneys conduct thorough investigations and work with experts to build the strongest cases possible for our clients.

Potential Damages in a Slip and Fall Case

In a slip and fall case, the injured party may seek to recover various types of damages, which can be broadly categorized into economic and non-economic damages. Here’s a breakdown:

Economic Damages

These are specific, quantifiable financial losses resulting from the accident.

  • Medical Expenses: Costs for emergency room visits, hospitalization, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, medications, and any future medical treatments related to the injury.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for the income lost due to the inability to work immediately following the accident and during the recovery period.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: If the injury leads to long-term or permanent disability, affecting the victim’s ability to earn a living in the future.
  • Rehabilitation Costs: Expenses for any kind of physical or occupational therapy required to recover from the injuries.
  • Home or Vehicle Modifications: Costs incurred for modifications to accommodate disabilities resulting from the accident (e.g., wheelchair ramps, modified bathrooms).

Non-Economic Damages

These are more subjective and pertain to the impact of the accident on the victim’s quality of life.

  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical pain and discomfort experienced during and after the accident.
  • Emotional Distress: Damages for the psychological impact of the injury, such as anxiety, depression, and trauma.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Compensation for the inability to enjoy hobbies and other activities that the victim used to participate in before the accident.
  • Loss of Consortium: In cases where the victim’s injuries affect their relationship with their spouse, they may be compensated for loss of companionship or affection.

Punitive Damages

In rare cases, where the defendant’s actions were particularly egregious or reckless, punitive damages may be awarded (see Ala. Code § 6-11-20). These are intended more as a punishment to the defendant and a deterrent against similar future behavior, rather than as a direct compensation to the victim.

Each slip and fall case is unique, and the types and amounts of damages recoverable will depend on the specific circumstances of the accident and the extent of the injuries sustained.

How Long Do You Have to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit in Alabama?

In Alabama, the statute of limitations for filing a slip and fall lawsuit is generally two years from the date of the accident (see Alabama Code § 6-2-38). This means that if you’ve suffered an injury from a slip and fall, you have two years to initiate legal proceedings against the responsible party. If you fail to file a lawsuit within this time frame, you will likely be barred from bringing a claim later, and you will lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries.

However, it’s important to note that there could be certain exceptions or specific circumstances that might alter this standard timeframe. For instance, if the injured party is a minor or if the injury was not discovered immediately. In such cases, the statute of limitations may be extended.

Given the legal complexities and potential exceptions, it’s in your best interests to consult with a slip and fall injury lawyer as soon as possible after a slip and fall accident in Alabama to ensure your legal rights are protected and your lawsuit is filed within the appropriate time frame.

Contact a Dothan Slip and Fall Lawyer Today

The Dothan slip and fall injury lawyers at Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC are committed to helping the wrongfully injured in Alabama get back on track. We take in our record of success and the difference we have made in the lives of our clients.

Don’t face your injuries alone. Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC has extensive experience with a wide range of accident claims involving dangerous premises, and we can help you seek the justice you deserve.

Call 844-654-6228 today for a FREE consultation. We welcome clients from across southern Alabama and the Tri-State Area, including Dothan and Mobile. We handle slip and fall cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay if we don’t win.