Houston Slip and Fall Lawyers
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents in Texas
Whether you’re shopping at your local grocery store or visiting a friend’s home, you expect a reasonable degree of safety when on someone else’s property. In Texas, property owners are actually required by law to conduct routine property maintenance and remove, repair, or warn of possible hazards that could cause foreseeable injury. When homeowners, retail businesses, and others fail to take these steps, innocent people can be seriously hurt.
If you were injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident on someone else’s property, reach out to the team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm to learn more about your legal rights and options. You could be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Our Houston slip and fall lawyers can provide the information you need to make empowered decisions about your recovery, as well as the aggressive representation you need to protect your future. We are known for our tireless approach to litigation and our commitment to securing every cent our clients are owed.
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Who Is Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident in Texas?
Although many people mistakenly believe that slip and fall accidents are the result of the injured party’s carelessness or clumsiness, this is not always the case. In fact, most slips, trips, and falls are the result of unsafe property conditions or poor property maintenance. When this is the case, the property owner (or another party responsible for maintaining the property) could be legally responsible.
To bring a slip and fall case against a property owner or another liable party, you will need to prove each of the following elements of your case:
- Duty of Care: You must establish that the defendant owed you a duty of care. Most often, this involves proving that you were lawfully on the property (i.e., not trespassing) when the accident occurred, either as an invitee or licensee. An invitee is someone who visits a property for the mutual commercial benefit of both the visitor and the property owner, such as a customer in a retail store. A licensee is someone who lawfully enters a property for their sole benefit or purposes, such as a delivery person.
- Breach: Next, you will need to prove that the defendant breached the duty of care they owed to you. Depending on your status as a visitor, this could involve proving that the property owner failed to remove or repair a dangerous condition or hazard, or simply that they did not provide adequate warning of the dangerous condition or hazard. You will also need to prove that the property owner knew about or reasonably should have known about the dangerous condition or hazard to have a claim.
- Injury: You only have a valid slip and fall claim if you can prove that you suffered an injury and that the injury led to measurable damages for which you can be compensated. If you slipped and fell but were not injured, you do not have a case—even if the accident was caused by a dangerous property condition. Additionally, you must prove your damages. Damages can be economic, such as medical expenses or lost wages, or non-economic, such as pain and suffering or loss of earning ability.
- Causation: Lastly, you must prove that the defendant’s negligent or wrongful conduct was the cause of your injury and damages. If the defendant argues that you were partly to blame for the accident, you could still file a claim as long as you were not more than 50% at fault. However, the amount you can recover in compensation will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. And, if you are found to be more than 50% to blame for the slip, trip, and fall accident that led to your injuries, you cannot file a personal injury claim or lawsuit at all.
Proving your slip and fall case can be difficult, and the property owner may raise a number of defenses in response to your claim. We strongly recommend that you work with an experienced injury attorney, like ours at Mike Slocumb Law Firm, to protect your rights and put yourself in the best possible position of securing the full compensation you are owed.
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“Pain and suffering” is a legal term used to refer to the physical and mental pain and suffering injured accident victims often experience as a result of their injuries and/or the consequences of defendants negligent or wrongful conduct. After a slip and fall accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your pain and suffering. However, proving pain and suffering can be difficult without the help of an attorney.
Texas calculates pain and suffering based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to:
- The severity of your injuries
- The cost of your medical care
- The expected cost of future medical care
- Your overall impairment rating
- Whether you are able to return to work
These and other factors are also used to determine the overall value of your slip and fall case. It is important that you work with a personal injury lawyer who knows how to bring a powerful, evidence-based claim on your behalf.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we fight tirelessly to maximize our clients’ recoveries, including fair compensation for pain and suffering. We understand the impact serious slip and fall accidents have on victims and their loved ones, and we are dedicated to fighting for every penny you are owed. Our Houston slip and fall attorneys can help you protect your rights and work to hold the negligent property owner accountable for the physical, emotional, and financial burdens their conduct has caused you.
After a serious slip and fall, put a powerful legal team on your side. Call Mike Slocumb Law Firm at (281) 595-1575 for a free consultation.