Alabama Premises Liability Lawyer Alabama Unsafe Premises Lawyer Alabama Inadequate Security Lawyer Alabama Unsafe Conditions Lawyer Alabama Drowning Lawyer Alabama Amusement Park Accident Lawyer Alabama Slip and Fall Lawyer Alabama Liquor Liability Lawyer Alabama Dram Shop Liability Lawyer
Landowners and business owners have a legal responsibility to provide safe premises for patrons, renters and guests. When that duty is ignored, innocent people can be seriously injured or killed. Regrettably, many of these cases involve a criminal attack on the victim --- rape, robbery, kidnapping, physical assault and shooting. Ken has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements against defendants who failed to properly maintain their premises.
Here are a few examples of premises liability cases:
These cases typically involve the failure of apartment complexes, hotels and motels, and other exposed establishments to take reasonable measures to protect their tenants, guests and patrons. Such measures may include security lighting and fencing, proper locks and access restriction measures, video surveillance and on-site security personnel.
Businesses are required to keep their premises in good repair and insure the premises are safe for patrons and guests. Failure to do so can constitute actionable negligence or wantonness. Examples of these cases can include unsafe escalators or elevators; dangerous steps, stairs or access ways; inadequate railings and barriers; use of inappropriate glass in building construction or displays; unsafe shelving or product display practices in retail stores; and, unsafe conditions in hotels and motels.
Accidental drowning cases are really a sub-category of inadequate security and unsafe conditions cases. Owners and operators of pools have a duty to maintain their pools in a safe condition, and to take reasonable measures to insure that small children, the infirm and the incapacitated do not have unsupervised access to the pool. According to reports by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 80% of drowning victims are male, and children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates of any age group. In 2007, thirty percent of all children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, died from drowning, making fatal drowning the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years (the leading cause is car accidents).
Amusement Park Accidents
Unfortunately, many serious injuries occur each year on rides and attractions in theme parks, amusement parks and carnivals. Because of the speed and operational dynamics of these rides, malfunctions, equipment failures and operator error can produce broken bones, severe whiplash, brain hemorrhages, paralysis and even death.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and falls are the second leading cause of injuries in the United States. They account for an estimated 16,000 deaths each year. Many more slip and falls result in serious injuries. Often these injuries and deaths are caused by a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property. An injury or death from a fall that is caused by a hazardous condition on another person's property may entitle the victim or the victim's family to compensation.
Dram Shop and Liquor Liability
Every 30 minutes someone dies in an alcohol-related traffic accident in the United States. When drivers makes the decision to drive while under the influence, they not only place themselves in harms way, they risk the lives of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Not only is the intoxicated driver liable for the injuries and damages he or she causes, but the establishment that sold or provided the intoxicated driver with the alcohol may also be liable. Alabama and many other states have laws that regulate the distribution and sale of alcohol. These laws, known as Dram Shop Laws, hold alcohol servers / bars responsible for harm that intoxicated or underage patrons cause to other people or, in some cases themselves, after they drink and drive and cause accidents.
Dram Shop laws hold these establishments responsible for the dangerous actions of an intoxicated person when they have illegally sold alcohol to that person. In addition to bars and liquor stores, these establishments can include restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, social clubs, and even private events where alcohol is sold. For example, if you were injured by a drunk driver to whom a restaurant sold alcohol when he or she was visibly intoxicated, your dram shop claim would be against that restaurant.
When a bar, restaurant or liquor store seeks to earn large profits without regard to the personal safety of the drinker and others, our Alabama dram shop attorneys are ready to demand they take responsibility for their actions.
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