Houston Slip & Fall Lawyers
Without putting much thought into it, the words slip and fall do not conjure up images of severe accidents and serious injuries. They sound innocent enough. After all, you have probably lost your footing from time to time. However, the truth is that slip and fall accidents are often traumatic and lead to catastrophic injuries that result in costly medical treatments, lost wages, and more.
Without financial help through a premise liability claim, you and your family may be in a difficult situation – one that could affect you the rest of your lives. By calling a Houston slip and fall lawyer from The Krist Law Firm, P.C., you have someone on your side, ready to fight for your right to recover compensation.
Call us today at 281-283-8500 to learn more about recovering:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical limitations
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Many slip and fall accidents involve falling from a significant height or landing on objects, circumstances that increase the chance of debilitating injuries. If you are older or have any medical conditions, you are more likely to suffer a serious injury in a fall, such as a broken hip. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of elderly individuals are treated for falls in the emergency department every year, and falls are a leading cause of injury and death for people over 65.
You may suffer trauma to your spine or skull in a fall, which is particularly dangerous for anyone of any age. Falls are one of the leading causes of concussions and more serious traumatic brain injuries. They can also cause spinal cord damage, which can result in full or partial paralysis. Falls can also cause broken bones, shoulder injuries, sprained or torn muscles, and lacerations.
Slip and Falls Caused by Dangerous Conditions
Slip and fall accidents rarely occur in safe areas. Instead, you slipped and fell because there was a dangerous condition on the property of a person or business that was not obvious and avoidable. Common hazards that cause serious slip and fall accidents include:
- Liquid spills or wet surfaces
- Debris and clutter in walkways
- Cords in walkways
- Lack of railings, fences, or barriers
- Unstable floors and stairs
- Ripped carpeting
- Poor or lack of lighting
Who May be Responsible for Your Slip and Fall
Some slip and fall accidents are just that – accidental and no one is at fault. However, many slips and falls occur because an owner or manager of a property was negligent in taking care of their premises. Under the law of premises liability, when a hidden dangerous condition that presents an unreasonable risk to you and other visitors exists on a property, the owner or manager of the property is responsible for fixing this condition – or at least making it inaccessible to guests until it can be repaired. If a property owner knew of a hazard, which was not open and obvious, and failed to repair it in a timely manner, then that owner was negligent.
To determine if you have a valid premise liability claim due to a serious fall, you should speak with a Houston slip and fall lawyer from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. right away. We can determine whether you fell due to a dangerous condition, whether the condition was open and obvious, and whether there is evidence the property owner new about the hazard and failed to repair it. If there is proof the property owner was negligent in their duty toward you and other guests, then we can help you move forward with a premise liability claim.
Your Legal Options After a Slip and Fall
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident and you believe the property owner was responsible for the accident, do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about your legal options. One way to recover compensation following a slip and fall accident is to file an insurance claim against the owner’s liability insurance. If you were at a residence, there should be a homeowner’s insurance policy. If you were at a business, there should be a business liability policy.
If recovering damages through insurance is not possible, then we can help you file a premise liability claim in court. During a premise liability claim, we will be required to prove:
- The property owner had a duty of care toward you
- There was a hazard on the property
- The hazard was not open and obvious
- The hazard caused your slip and fall
- The property owner knew of the hazard
- The property owner failed to repair the hazard
- You suffered compensable injuries due to the hazard
If you lost a loved one in a slip and fall accident, you may be able to bring a wrongful death or survival action under Texas law. Through these claims, you and your family may be able to recover medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of financial contribution, physical pain, mental anguish, and more.
Contact Our Houston Premises Liability Lawyers for Help
Slip and fall cases can become complex since it is not always easy to prove a dangerous condition was hidden or that the owner knew about it. However, at The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have years of experience helping individuals recover compensation after slip and fall accidents, no matter how complicated the situation.
If you have been hurt in a slip and fall case, do not wait to call us at 281-283-8500 or through our online contact form.