Houston Slip and Fall Lawyers
At any time, there is a possibility that you could slip and fall in the workplace, at someone's home, or at a business. A slip and fall incident could result in time lost from work, which means that you aren't making the money that is needed to support your family. This type of incident could also result in injuries that are difficult to recover from, such as broken bones. These injuries could lead to even more time away from work or permanently losing your job because you are unable to go back. Fortunately, a slip and fall attorney can help you receive the compensation that you deserve after gathering the evidence that you have about the incident and reviewing the medical bills that you have. When you meet with an attorney, you should also present any treatment plans that your doctor suggests as well as any information pertaining to employment.
Any landowner, as stated in the laws set forth by Texas, is responsible for any injuries, accidents, or deaths that occur on the individual's property. This includes business owners as they are responsible for the proper maintenance of the interior and exterior of the business property. If you slip and fall on the premises of another landowner's property, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible and to seek the assistance of an attorney as soon as possible before any witnesses forget what they saw and before any injuries heal. A landowner is responsible for any defects on the property as well as any temporary issues that could cause harm to people who are on the property. Signs should be placed as a warning about potential hazards. If the proper maintenance is not handled in a professional manner, then someone who is injured while on the property can file a claim. If a family's loved one dies because of injuries received while on the property due to the negligence of the landowner, then the family can file a claim with an attorney. At times, an investigation will take place to determine the negligence of the landowner and if the person knew that there was an issue that needed to be addressed and wasn't or if the landowner simply didn't know at the time that there was a slip and fall hazard.
There are several people who could be held liable for a slip and fall injury. The owner of the property is usually the primary party responsible for any injuries that occur. This is also the person who is responsible for paying out any compensation that you or your family are awarded after a claim is filed. In the event that a tenant is renting or leasing a building from a property owner, then the tenant is usually the one who is responsible. The tenant is tasked to maintain the property just as the owner would. This means that the tenant should inspect all aspects of the building and the grounds to determine if there are any hazards, warning those who step foot on the property about those hazards to prevent injuries from occurring. There are sometimes maintenance personnel hired to perform the tasks that property owners and tenants don't have time to complete. Part of the responsibility for correcting issues on the property and in the building is that of the maintenance worker.
At times, you could be injured while at someone else's home. The homeowner would be held liable for the injury. However, if there is any kind of construction work being completed on the property and an injury occurs because of the work being completed, then the company could be held responsible. The attorney would examine the evidence of the injury and where it occurred, talking to the homeowner as well as anyone who was performing work on the property to determine who was at fault at the time. Dates and times of any work done are often examined if the homeowner claims that the negligence was caused by someone else.
There are several types of compensation that you can receive after being injured in a slip and fall incident. Your attorney will be able to approach the court and ask for a fair settlement and work to negotiate the best amount for you and your family. Any loss of wages, medical costs, and compensation for mental anguish can be included in the claim. You can also file for physical pain and disfigurement. Your medical costs and loss of wages are often the easiest to establish as these are numbers that the court can clearly see. However, your mental anguish and the value attached to the pain and suffering that you experience usually doesn't have a clear monetary value, which is why you need to hire an attorney who specializes in slip and fall incidents who can get you the compensation that you deserve.