Holding Property Owners Accountable for the Dangerous Conditions on their Property!
A slip and fall accident can have a significant effect on an individual’s life, resulting in serious injuries that require extensive treatment. When a slip and fall injury is a consequence of a hazardous condition allowed by a property owner to exist on their premises, victims may be entitled to compensation.
The Importance of a Fort Worth Slip and Fall Attorney
If you are badly injured, you may not have the time or energy to handle every aspect of your claim. In order to have the strongest case possible, it will take an investigation to collect compelling evidence and an in-depth understanding of Texas premises liability law. Texas has a stricter standard of proof than many other states, when it comes to cases that fall under premises liability. An experienced Fort Worth premises liability lawyer will have the resources and the knowledge, both needed to obtain the maximum amount of compensation in your case.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and falls can cause serious injuries with life-altering consequences, or can even be fatal. Common injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
A mild concussion could resolve itself in a few weeks, but a serious traumatic brain injury can leave a person permanently disabled.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result in varying degrees of paralysis and loss of sensation below the level of injury.
Brachial Plexus injury and shoulder dislocation are common after a jolt to the shoulder in a fall.
Broken bones are common in the wrists, ankles, and especially the hips. Hip injuries require surgical intervention and hospitalization, and are particularly dangerous for elderly adults.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains often occur in the soft tissue of the legs, ankles, arms, wrists, and hands when a person lands hard in a fall.
When is the Property Owner Responsible?
Anyone who owns property in Texas has an obligation to keep visitors safe. However, the degree to which they must protect visitors from harm depends on why you’re there. Visitors fall into one of three categories:
- Invitee: an individual who visits a property for a business purpose. For example, shopping in a retail or grocery store. Property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees. The premises must be inspected for hazards and potential dangers, and if any are found, they must be corrected as soon as possible.
- Licensee: an individual who is invited to visit a property for non-business purposes. For example, visiting a friend’s home. Property owners are not required to inspect their property for invitees. However, any identified hazard must be fixed or warned of.
- Trespasser: an individual who is not allowed on a property. In this case, owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers and will not be liable for a slip and fall injury.
What Causes Slip and Falls?
Accidents on someone else’s property happen for many different reasons. Some of the most common reasons why include:
- Unmarked hazards
- Poor maintenance
- Water or other liquids on floor
- Poor lighting
Is this how your accident happened? Or did something else happen to you? Whatever the circumstances, we’re here to help you demand justice.
What Makes These So Complicated?
Slip and fall accidents often seem straightforward. You slipped and hurt yourself on someone else’s property because they didn’t take steps to protect your safety. What could be so challenging about your case? A lot more than you might expect. Some of the complications that often come up after a slip and fall accident include:
- Property owner denies doing anything wrong
- Property owner claims they took steps to protect people’s safety
- Property owner claims they didn’t know about the dangerous situation
- Property owner blames you for causing your accident
- Property owner destroys evidence
- Property owner’s insurance company denies your injury claim
The stakes are high in cases. Property owners and insurance companies know this. That’s why they may try to deny your claim or pay you as little as possible. That’s when we step in and fight for your rights.
What Should I do after I Slip and Fall on someone Property?
If you or a family member have been injured in a slip and fall accident, we strongly recommend taking the following steps:
- Have a doctor thoroughly examine you right away.
- Take pictures of the place where you fell, if possible.
- Don’t talk to the property owner about your accident.
- Don’t talk to other people about your accident.
- Don’t post anything on social media about your slip and fall accident.
- Contact our law firm right away.
The reason it’s important to not say anything to anyone about your accident is because anything you say or write could later be used by insurance companies to deny your claim. Insurance companies are likely actively investigating your case. They’re searching for reasons to pay you less.
That’s not right and that’s why we want to meet with you. We know how to take on insurance companies and demand maximum compensation. We also understand how sensitive these cases can often be, especially if you know the property owner well. We can be your voice for justice and speak clearly on your behalf. You can count on us.