The area of slip‑and‑falls and trip‑and‑falls falls within the concept known as premises liability law. Under premises liability law here in Alabama, a land owner or business owner has a duty to keep their premises in what the law calls a reasonably safe condition.
The critical and tough things in these slip‑and‑fall cases is that you have to establish that the business owner knew, or should have known, of the dangerous condition. There are some key things you should keep in mind to help establish that tough standard.
One is, you want to make sure that you notify the store of the fall or the trip. That helps document that it occurred, and then they can begin their investigation process. You also want to take your phone or camera phone and make sure you document in pictures, take pictures of the area to show the dangerous condition. If there was water on the floor, grease on the floor, a trip hazard, it’s very important to document that information.
If there were other customers in the store that could be witnesses, you want to get their name and contact information. Then you want to seek immediate medical treatment. Slip‑and‑falls and trip‑and‑falls are very difficult cases that can be won, but often a lawsuit has to be filed.