A slip-and-fall accident can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving the victim with significant pain, hardship, and expense.
These accidents are not always the result of mere happenstance or bad luck. It is often negligence on the part of property owners, building managers, and other parties that causes slip-and-falls. When negligence is to blame for serious injuries, victims have the right to pursue compensation for their losses.
The Texas slip & fall lawyers at Patterson Law Group can help you pursue the compensation you need to pay for your medical bills and other losses you have suffered as a result of another person’s or business’s negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injury victims throughout Texas and are prepared to protect your rights through every step of this important legal claim.
Who Is Liable for Slip & Fall Accidents?
Slip-and-fall accident claims fall under a broader area of law known as premises liability. Under Texas premises liability statutes, the owner of a property has a duty of care to protect visitors from dangers arising from the owner’s control over a property. Generally, the law considers owners negligent if:
- The condition of the property posed an unreasonable risk of harm
- The owner knew about the danger or should have known about it
- The owner failed to protect visitors from the danger, whether by failing to remove the danger or failing to warn people about it
If you were injured on someone else’s property, you may face an uphill battle trying to prove the property owner was negligent. By working with a personal injury lawyer with a full understanding of Texas premises liability laws, you can maximize your chance for a successful outcome.
The Many Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen in a broad range of premises and types of property, including retail stores, hotels, restaurants, apartment buildings, schools, and even private homes.
A knowledgeable Texas slip & fall lawyer at our firm can handle any type of claim, including those arising from:
- Cracks and potholes in walkways
- Wet surfaces
- Produce and liquid spilled on supermarket floors
- Uneven footing
- Unmarked steps
- Inadequate treading on stairs
- Inadequate lighting
- Faulty handrails
Property owners and insurance companies have teams of attorneys protecting their interests. They will do everything in their power to deny liability and keep you from obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries.
This is why it is so important that you have an experienced Texas slip & fall lawyer on your side. Our attorneys know how to uncover the facts and circumstances that point to negligence in slip-and-fall cases. Whether your accident took place at your local grocery store, a big-box retail store, or any other premises, we will stand up for your rights, no matter how powerful the opposition.
Slip & Fall Accident Injuries
Injuries sustained in slip-and-fall accidents can be severe and life-threatening, and often include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), dislocated shoulders, herniated discs, and muscle strains and sprains.
These injuries can take months, even years, to heal, and may require expensive and ongoing medical treatment. By enlisting a personal injury law firm to file a premises liability claim on your behalf, you can pursue the financial resources you need to pay your medical bills as well as compensation for pain and suffering, wage loss, and other damages.
What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident
The most important thing to do after a slip-and-fall accident is to obtain medical treatment. If possible, here are some other actions you can take that may help your legal claim:
- Record the time and place of your accident, including the specific aisle, room, wing, or other location
- Get the name of the store owner and manager
- Gather the contact information of any potential witnesses
- Take pictures of the accident location, including the dangerous condition that caused the accident and the presence (or lack) of warning signs
Talk to Your Own Attorney First
After a slip-and-fall in a store or other premises, you may find that insurance adjustors, attorneys, or other parties aligned with the property owner want to take statements from you. You should always talk to your own personal injury lawyer before making any statements that could potentially hurt your case. These professionals know what they are doing. They are skilled at getting accident victims to make statements that reduce their own client’s liability.
Our Texas slip and fall lawyers know how to make property owners pay for their negligence. If you or someone close to you was injured in a slip-and-fall accident in Texas, we are here to represent you in your legal claim. Contact us to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.