Is COVID Keeping You from Suing?

Nov 30, 2020 | Allen A. Ritchie

Allen's Answers

The pandemic is frightening many Gulf Coast people from trying to collect the money owed them after being hurt at a business or someone’s home.

These concerns have hit a particular type of injury law — what we call “slip and fall.” Some examples are when a person trips on a recently washed restaurant floor or tumbles off a neighbor’s porch when the railing breaks.

I appreciate you don’t want to unduly go after a business that has hit hard times. However, here is what you need to know. Though in Alabama you must technically sue the business or homeowner, you are most often fighting with an insurance company. Most every business and property owner have insurance to cover these unforeseen events.

Why don’t you know about this? In our state, not only can you not sue the insurance company directly … but to make matter worse, you cannot even tell a jury or judge that insurance is involved.

My partner, Bill Eiland, specializes in slip and fall injuries. These cases can be difficult to win and often requires in-depth investigations. My advice is to make sure your attorney has extensive experience in this specific type of law.

If you suffer a personal injury like an auto accident, slip and fall, or on-the-job injury, you can talk to us at the Law Firm of Eiland and Ritchie for free. We want to help you get back on your feet. We are working remotely mostly but are always available for personal meetings with appropriate CDC precautions.

Also, join us on NBC 15 LawCall here in Mobile every Sunday night at 10:30 right after the news. We are taking a fall break and will offer 5-minute segments for the rest of the year and a live call-in segment every Monday on NBC 15 at around lunchtime.

Allen Ritchie

Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer