Parking lots are nothing more than a mundane aspect of our lives, at best. However, sometimes, parking lots can actually become quite dangerous if poorly maintained. When a parking lot owner is negligent, accidents very often occur as a result. If you are someone who was injured in a parking lot accident, there is a very good chance you are now looking into recovering financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:
What causes parking lot accidents?
Parking lot accidents, though sometimes caused by outside factors, can usually be attributed to negligence. In some cases, you may sue a negligent motorist for backing into you, for example. However, sometimes, your attorney may sue a negligent public property owner in a premises liability lawsuit.
Premises liability lawsuits in parking lots usually stem from a property owner’s failure to remove debris and other safety hazards from his or her parking lot. Additionally, deep potholes, poor lighting, or inadequate surveillance all contribute to parking lot accidents.
How do I know if I qualify for compensation if I was injured?
To qualify for financial compensation after a parking lot accident, your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. To do so, your attorney will collect various types of evidence, including security camera footage of the accident, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident, medical documents detailing the extent of your injuries, police reports, witness statements, and more.
Additionally, once you file your personal injury claim, you must be very careful about what you post on social media, as the insurance companies may be monitoring your accounts. If you post anything that may even remotely disprove your claim, the insurance companies may use it against you to deny you the compensation you truly need.
What is the statute of limitations in Alabama?
In Alabama, the statute of limitations is two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. If you neglect to file and wait past the legally acceptable timeframe, you will most likely be barred from suing.
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