Slip and fall accidents or are often the subject of jokes in cartoons and slapstick comedy in the media but did you know that slip and falls account for over 30,000 accidental deaths and over 8 million emergency room visits annually? When you are seriously injured because someone left a slip hazard on the floor, it is no laughing matter. Call a slip and fall lawyer in Houston, TX to fight for your rights.
The law office of Simmons and Fletcher P.C. is ready to investigate your case. We have a slip and fall attorney who is ready to provide a free consultation for your potential lawsuit. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Houston slip and fall accident lawyer right away. Call us at (713) 932-0777 to arrange your free consultation.
Texas law states that the duty a person in control of real property owes to a person who enters the property is determined by the injured party’s legal status. This duty may vary drastically depending upon the injured person’s status as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. Here is what each of those classifications of legal status means:
Classification determines the duty that the person with right-of-control over the property owes to the injured person. The duties are:
Any place where the general public is invited to come and shop or conduct business must conduct reasonable inspections to keep the premises safe for their patrons. Spills and leaks in machines often cause hard to notice slip and fall hazards in public places. Faulty railing, rotten balconies, and steps, poor lighting, holes, and elevation changes in walkways all may lead to a serious injury from an unanticipated fall. Properties that frequently expose people to slip and fall accidents include:
These businesses expect these falls to happen and they often have risk management teams who know how to take action to hide the evidence of their liability. If you wait to hire a slip and fall lawyer to take quick action on your case, there is a strong possibility that the problem will be repaired and the evidence will disappear. Contact a slip and fall attorney who will investigate the scene right away, before the negligent party can change or repair the faulty condition on the premises.
Homeowners and landowners are also responsible for eliminating and/or disclosing known hazards and hazards of which they should know upon reasonable inspection to their social guests. They must tell their guests about the potential risks they encounter when they are invited in. Failure to do so can result in civil liability for personal injury damages.
Also, licensees and even certain trespassers have a right to be warned of known dangers if their presence can be anticipated. A dangerous condition on a property that is likely to draw children or others onto the property because of its allure or appeal is an example of this known as an “attractive nuisance.” Properties with swimming ponds, trails, or tracks that might be reasonably anticipated to draw people onto the property may fall under the attractive nuisance doctrine if they conceal a hidden danger. Additionally, if a landowner is aware of people regularly trespassing and he does nothing to stop them (such as a farm owner allowing school kids to cut across a field), the trespassers may become licensees or even invitees under the eyes of the law–allowing a lesser burden of proof for liability.
Injuries from slip and fall accidents can range from very minor to extremely severe. Age and infirmity play a huge role int he body’s ability to “bounce back” from a fall on a concrete floor or a polished tile floor as is often found in supermarkets, malls, and stores. Some of the common injuries we see include:
When you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you are entitled to make a claim for your lost earnings and earning capacity, medical bills, future medical care, pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, and scarring that you sustain as a result of the fall.
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. in Houston, Texas, we act quickly and advocate relentlessly on behalf of serious injury victims and their families. Each case is treated according to the unique needs of each client. Call us today to speak with an experienced, trusted slip and fall accident attorney regarding your injury claim: (713) 932-0777. Our office is conveniently located to Houston and Katy residents next to the Memorial City Mall on I-1o.
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