Accidents happen all the time, but when one occurs on someone else’s property as a result of the property owner’s negligence, victims may qualify to receive compensation for damages suffered. One of the most common of all accidents that happen to guests and visitors throughout America are slip/trip and falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one million Americans suffer a trip, slip or fall injury each year.
If you or someone close to you has suffered from a slip/trip and fall accident in Houston on someone else’s property depending on the details of the case you may be able to file a successful injury claim. It is advisable, however, to first hire an experienced and knowledgeable Houston slip/trip and fall lawyer to guide you through the process. Jorge L. Gomez, Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization has over fifteen years experience and thousands of cases litigated, can ensure your rights are being protected.
What Exactly Is Premises Liability Law?
Unfortunately for victims of slip/trip and falls, the law in Texas favors the premises owner over the injured victim. It is not enough that a dangerous condition existed on the premises but also the premises owner had to have actual and/or constructive notice. In order for premises liability to apply regarding slip/trip and fall cases, there are three conditions which must be met:
- The defendant is the owner/lessor of the property in question
- You were an invitee, guest, visitor or patron of the premises
- The defendant was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition on its premises
It should be a priority of property owners to make sure their properties are safe and there are no hidden dangers that might cause an accident but with the law so favorably written to protect the premises owner this does not always occur. Thus, the best way to even out the playing field is to hire a skilled Houston slip/trip and fall attorney who is familiar in handling these types of cases.
What Are The Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
If you have been the victim of a property owner’s negligence, you can file a claim. Some of the causes are as follows:
- Insufficient Lighting – The poor sources of light caused you to trip or fall.
- Crumbling Curbs or Stairs – Severely damaged curbs or stairs in a serious state of disrepair are a major hazard.
- Uneven Floors And Walkways – Warped floors seemingly harmless can often cause nasty falls.
- Wet And Slippery Floors – another major hazard.
- Failure To Fix Unsafe Conditions – boxes in awkward positions, objects placed unseen around corners etc.
- Poorly Signed Danger Areas – Areas of danger such as wet floors or floors in disrepair should be clearly signaled with warning signs around the area.
The best chance you have of ensuring your claim for compensation is successful, is to first document the details of your accident. If your injuries allow, take photographs of the area and get the contact information for any witnesses.
Enlisting the aid of an attorney who is a specialist in personal injury trial law will increase your chances of receiving a fair compensation. Gomez Law Firm is poised to assist you in your fight for justice and will do all we can to see that you are treated fairly.
A Fair Compensation is our Goal
With thousands of similar cases under our belt, Gomez Law Firm has all the necessary experience and resources to assist you in pursuing a successful claim. From the start we will evaluate your claim and examine all the evidence then we will bring these details to the attention of the insurance adjuster who will be left with less chances of trying to delay deny and/or defend the claim. We are passionate and vigilant in our efforts to ensure that victims are fairly and justly compensated to cover any damages they may have suffered as a result of a slip, trip, or fall. If you would like to discuss your case, contact our firm at (713) 868 5528 and speak to a professional. Together we will get the results you deserve.