Premises liability includes more than just slips and falls

Premises liability law covers a wide variety of circumstances. Most Alabama residents think of slips and falls when they think of premises liability claims. While slip-and-fall incidents do make up a large percentage of these types of claims, this category of the law is not merely limited to people slipping on a floor that was negligently left wet at the supermarket.

Two types of premises liability lawsuits you may not have considered:

— Firearm accidents: We’ve all heard the horror stories about a child getting a hold of a loaded gun and accidentally shooting it. Guns can also go off without warning while in the hands of an adult, and completely by accident.

When firearm accidents happen at someone’s home, or at a shooting range, the accident and resuling injuries may be covered by premises liability law. Injured victims who got caught in the crossfire may be able to file a claim with the insurance company that insured the home or business where the incident occurred.

— Pool catastrophes: Barefooted swimmers, wet pool decks and cement pools offer a dangerous combination that frequently results in trips, slips and falls. Pools are also a source of numerous drowning incidents — especially when a young child wanders onto the property of a pool owner who failed to place a protective border or fence around the pool.

When a personal injury claim is filed regarding a pool-related accident, it is usually classified under premises liability law. Victims of pool drownings, pool-related slips and falls and other pool accidents may have strong claims to pursue financial damages in court.

Huntsville residents hurt on another person or business’ property may want to act as soon as possible to pursue a premises liability claim relating to their accident and injuries. Statutes of limitation apply to all Alabama premises liability claims, meaning that you will only have a limited period of time in which to file your legal claims for compensation.