According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are the leading cause of hospital visits in the United States — representing a whopping 21.3%, with over 8 million visits annually. Over a million of those are under the slip and falls category. Many of these happen on the properties of others, like malls, workplaces, and other types of establishments.
If you have suffered a slip and fall accident outside your property and believe the property owner is at fault, you may be able to claim financial compensation from that property owner. Here at the Law Office of Frederick K. Wilson II, we would be happy to help you deal with your Texas slip and fall case.
What Is Premises Liability?
This legal concept arises whenever personal injuries are caused by unsafe conditions on or in someone’s property. Just like other personal injury claims, premises liability claims are typically due to another person’s negligence — in this case, the property owners’. Slip and falls are one of the many types of personal injury cases that fall under the premises liability category.
To have a successful premises liability case, you (or, more likely, your attorney) must be able to establish the property owner’s fault in the accident. There are three main entities that can be at fault in slip and fall cases:
If your slip and fall accident happened on another person’s Sugar Land or Houston, Texas property, you might be able to claim compensation for the resulting damages. However, not every accident is covered by premises liability. More often than not, things that reasonable individuals could have avoided aren’t covered by this claim.
Only accidents that could have been avoided if the property owner was more careful are going to fall under this personal injury category. In order to win your case, you must be able to establish that the homeowner already knew or should have reasonably known about the dangerous condition and failed to fix it on time.