Types of Cases
You’re a delivery driver making a delivery to a petrochemical refinery in Houston as part of your job. You unload your van, wheel your dolly into the refinery, and wait for someone to sign for the boxes you’ve been tasked with delivering.
While you’re there, a set of barrels that has been stacked haphazardly topples over and strikes you. You suffer head and back injuries and chemical burns from the hazardous materials that spilled from the barrels when they fell. Your injuries prevent you from performing your job until you recover. You have little income while you wait for workers’ compensation payments to start — and you’re receiving significant medical bills related to your injury.
When you lawfully visit a home, business, or other property owned by another person, Texas law says that you have a right to expect conditions to be reasonably safe. You expect the property owner or manager to either fix dangerous conditions or to warn you about them so that you can avoid injury. When a property owner fails to do this, you may be able to seek compensation through a premises liability lawsuit.
How a Premises Liability Lawsuit Can Help You
Under the legal doctrine known as premises liability, the owner, operator, manager, or lessee of a property may be responsible for injuries caused by defects in the property when the person or company responsible for the property:
- Knew or reasonably should have known about the defect
- Failed to repair the defect or to warn others about the defect
Even when you may be able to collect workers’ compensation for an injury such as the one described above, you can also file a lawsuit against the negligent property owner, operator, manager, or lessee who should have repaired the defect. A third-party lawsuit for negligence can provide you with compensation for losses that workers’ compensation doesn’t cover.
If you were injured because of a dangerous defect in someone else’s property, a premises liability lawsuit may allow you to recover compensation for your past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Physical limitations
- Mental anguish
- Damage to personal property
In the event that an accident on someone’s premises is fatal, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit or survival action to recover compensation for the loss of a loved one. In a wrongful death lawsuit or survival action, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial contributions your family member would have made
- Loss of care, support, maintenance, advice, and counsel of your family member
- Loss of the love, companionship, comfort, and society of your family member
- Loss of inheritance you may have received if your family member had lived a normal lifespan
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain
- Medical costs
How Our Houston Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help
If you were injured or lost a loved one because of a dangerous condition in someone else’s premises, the skilled Houston personal injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help. Our attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and resources to work passionately on your behalf to hold accountable the person or company responsible for your losses and to help you find the justice and closure that will help you move forward with your life.
Our firm has extensive experience helping the victims of serious accidents to recover compensation for their injuries and other losses, including the largest premises liability recovery in Texas in 2013. When you hire us, we’ll start with a thorough investigation of your accident or the death of your family member. We’ll leave no stone unturned as we determine the cause of your injuries or loss and identify the responsible parties.
However, the investigation is just the beginning of what we can do for you. When you hire us, we’ll be by your side every step of the way, including through settlement negotiations and to trial.
We understand the toll that catastrophic injuries or the death of a family member can take on your life. Our goal is to help you restore as much of what you’ve lost as is possible, which is why we fight for the maximum possible compensation in every case we handle.
Types of Cases Our Lawyers Can Handle
Premises liability is a broad description that can include numerous types of accidents and the resulting injuries. Anything from a dog bite to a drowning in a swimming pool can be included under the umbrella of premises liability law.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we’re equipped to handle a wide range of premises liability cases involving severe injuries. The types of cases we can handle, among others, include:
- Industrial Sites — Dangers can lurk in every nook and cranny of an industrial site because of the nature of the equipment and activities conducted at places like petrochemical refineries, construction sites, warehouses, and factories.
- Fire-Related Accidents — A fire can be one of the most devastating and traumatic events a person may experience, particularly when it’s caused by another person’s negligence or recklessness. Severe burns or other injuries sustained in a fire can cause lasting pain and permanent disfigurement.
- Stairwell, Elevator, Balcony & Deck Accidents — Accidents involving stairwells, elevators, balconies, or decks that have fallen into disrepair can be catastrophic for those involved. A fall from any kind of height can result in excruciating broken bones, spinal cord damage, and mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries that affect numerous aspects of your life and health.
- Apartment Complexes — Accidents caused by defective conditions in apartment complexes can be complicated because of the assorted parties that may be involved. Liability may fall on the owner, one of the tenants, a property manager, or a company responsible for maintenance of the premises.
- Slip and Fall Injuries — Slip and fall injuries are among the most common types of premises liability cases. They can also be the most challenging because of the rule in Texas that you can’t recover damages when you slip on a hazard that is “open and obvious.” However, our Houston premises liability lawyers may be able to help if you suffer serious injuries because of a hidden defect that causes your slip and fall.
Contact Our Houston Premises Liability Lawyers
Contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at 281-283-8500 , or by using the contact form below to learn more about how we can help with your premises liability case. We offer a free initial case evaluation and charge no fees unless we are able to obtain compensation for you.