Texas law mandates that all property owners take reasonable steps to ensure their visitors, guests, and patrons are not exposed to dangerous conditions or hazards. When precautions are ignored and injury results because of gross negligence, the property owner or manager may be liable for resulting damages under theories of premises liability. This area of law determines the duties that land owners and occupiers owe to their visitors.
If you or someone you love were hurt while on another’s premises – be it commercial, residential, or private property — the law firm of Angel Reyes & Associates can determine if you have a valid claim. You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Call our office for a free, no-obligation consultation with a premises liability attorney Dallas residents have come to trust.
How a Dallas Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help
Our legal team brings decades of experience in a wide range of premises liability cases resulting in serious personal injuries. You can count on a Dallas injury lawyer to protect your rights, whether your accident happened at a swimming pool, amusement park, grocery store, theater, apartment building, stadium, or other location.
Like most personal injury claims, compensation is usually covered by the liable party’s insurance company. Businesses and commercial establishments have liability policies in place for this very purpose, and if your injury happened at a neighbor’s residence, reparations can be sought through their homeowner’s policy.
As your legal counsel, we take proactive measures to build a solid claim on your behalf. Evidence of dangerous property conditions can disappear quickly without swift action and intervention. By speaking to eyewitnesses, procuring surveillance footage or photos, reviewing accident reports, enlisting expert witnesses, and deposing property owners, we are able to level the playing field and gather proof that demonstrates if the property manager or owner was negligent or had constructive knowledge of hazards but took no measures to warn visitors or fix the problem.
Many of our clients have suffered hip fractures, spinal cord injury, and other types of debilitating harm that have far-reaching consequences. We have the resources and knowledge to seek fair compensation that accounts for:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost income and work benefits
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Diminished earning capacity
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
Proving a Premises Liability Case in Texas
What is premises liability? Premises liability law imposes different duties upon landowners depending upon the status of the injured person while on the property. The duty owed is different depending on whether the injured person is determined to be:
- An “invitee” — a person who was invited to be there by express or implied invitation. Property owners have a duty to inspect and repair any unsafe conditions and provide sufficient warning.
- A “licensee” — a person who is on the property for his own personal business only. Property owners may be liable if they were aware of a defect or hazard, but did not remedy it.
- Or, a “trespasser” — a person without permission to be on the land
To have a successful injury claim, the plaintiff needs to prove the following four elements:
- The defendant owned, leased, or occupied the premises where you were injured
- The defendant owed you a duty of care as an invitee or licensee. Trespassers do not have legal permission to be on the property and are generally not owed a duty of care
- The defendant breached this duty. The law expects property owners to take reasonable steps to maintain their premises, repair known hazards, and caution visitors about existing defects
- The breach caused your accident and resulting injuries. Your attorney must prove causation between the defendant’s failure to keep the premises safe and your injuries. For example, if a grocery store owner waxed the floor but failed to put up a cautionary sign, and you slipped and fractured your wrist, you would have to show that their negligent actions were the cause of your fall, not your own distraction while walking.
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases
The attorneys at Angel Reyes & Associates have experience in premises liability claims arising from:
- Wet or slick floors
- Defective, broken, or missing rails on stairs and balconies
- Staircases with inadequate lighting or broken steps
- Failed smoke detectors
- Criminal conduct on property
- Inadequate security
- Animal bites
- Inadequate fencing around swimming pools
- Liquid or ice on walkways and steps
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Water leaks or flooding
Slip and fall accidents make up the bulk of premises liability suits and are responsible for more than 500,000 injuries every year in the U.S. According to the CDC, falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury requiring hospitalization.
If you fell on another’s property and believe negligence was to blame, don’t hesitate to seek legal guidance. Over 95 percent of slip and fall cases settle out of court, but if negotiations aren’t favorable, you want a slip and fall attorney in Dallas who is prepared to take your case to trial. The Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm leverages three decades of litigation experience, and has recovered nearly $1 billion on behalf of clients.
Premises Liability Attorney Dallas
For aggressive representation that gets results, you can count on Angel Reyes & Associates. Reach out to schedule a free case evaluation with a Dallas premises liability lawyer who can explain your rights. There are no attorney fees unless we recover on your behalf.