Proven Frisco Premises Liability Attorneys Ready To Assist You
Premises liability law is an area of negligence or personal injury law.
It concerns a dangerous condition or activity on someone else’s premises that results in another person’s injury.
Generally, a homeowner’s, renter’s, or business’s liability insurance will pay for injuries stemming from a dangerous condition on their property.
So with the right representation, you could collect compensation for your damages. But your chances of receiving a fair settlement are better when you work with Frisco slip & fall lawyers specializing in Texas premises liability law.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury from a dangerous property condition or activity on the property, contact the Hartley Law Firm. Our Frisco premises liability lawyers care deeply for our clients and their families.
We understand how insurance companies operate, and we will leverage our extensive premises liability experience to fight for maximum compensation. When you hire us, our driving motivation is to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Premises liability law can involve any number of dangerous conditions or activities, including dog bites, drownings, burns, and inadequate security.
However, slip and fall injuries are probably the most common kind of accident in premises liability. Slip and fall injuries also hospitalize over 800,000 patients a year.
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere and for numerous reasons. However, people most frequently slip and fall in walkways (like a grocery store aisle or sidewalk), on stairs, inside someone’s home, in crowded entertainment venues, public parks, and office buildings.
Common causes of slips and falls can include:
- Uneven walking surfaces,
- Weather hazards like rain and sleet,
- Wet or icy walkways,
- Oily or greasy floors and surfaces,
- Liquids spilled on the floor,
- Loose rugs or mats,
- Cluttered spaces,
- Blocked views,
- Poor lighting,
- Loose cords or cables, and
- Inadequate or absent handrails.
Understanding your accident’s cause is essential to your slip and fall action. It will help you determine what kind of claim to file and what to ask for in compensation.
At the Hartley Law Firm, our experienced slip and fall lawyers can help you establish who and what caused your slip and fall and work with you to chart your best course of action.
Determining Slip and Fall Liability
Under the theory of premises liability law, Texas property owners—including homeowners, businesses, and government entities—owe every person they allow on their property a duty of care.
In general, to prove a property owner breached that duty and is liable for an injury, the injured must prove:
- The property owner had actual or constructive knowledge of a dangerous condition on their premises;
- The condition posed an unreasonable risk of harm;
- The property owner did not exercise reasonable care to reduce or eliminate the risk; and
- The property owner’s failure proximately caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
However, the specific duty that a property owner owes an injured party depends on the injured party’s classification when they were injured. The law divides property visitors into invitees, licensees, and trespassers.
Let’s take a look at each category:
- Invitees—people the property the owner invited on the property for the owner’s benefit, either by express or implied invitation, who enter the land as a public member or for commercial reasons—for example, business patrons. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care. They must warn invitees of any dangers or fix any dangerous conditions they know about or could have discovered with a reasonable inspection.
- Licensees—people on the property with the owner’s knowledge but not for the owner’s benefit—for example, social guests like family and neighbors. The owner has a duty to fix any dangerous conditions on the property the owner knows of that the licensee does not or to warn them of the hazard.
- Trespassers—people who enter a property without legal authorization or the owner’s implied or express permission. With some exceptions, the only duty a property owner owes a trespasser is a duty to refrain from causing injury willfully, wantonly, or through gross negligence.
The outcome of a slip and fall case hinges on the circumstances surrounding the threat in question and the accident it caused. Or, more specifically, what the landowner knew about potential dangers and when they knew it.
For this reason, having skilled Frisco slip & fall attorneys who know how to interview witnesses, gather evidence from property owners, and build a strong case can make or break a settlement offer.
Contact a Skilled Little Elm and Frisco Premises Liability Attorneys at the Hartley Law Firm Today
If a slip and fall accident caused your injuries, you need the best on your side.
At Hartley Law Firm, our Little Elm premises liability attorneys know how to play hardball with insurance companies and will fight tirelessly to earn you every cent of compensation to which you’re entitled.
We represent all premises liability cases, from slip and falls to dog bites. And our Little Elm premises liability lawyers will handle every aspect of your premises liability claim without losing sight of what matters most—you.
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Contact the Hartley Law Firm today for a free consultation.