Slip and Fall Attorney in Houston, Texas
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one million Americans fall victim to slip and fall accidents every year. Of these victims, between 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries. If you slip and fall on another person's property, you are within your rights to hold the property owner responsible and pursue compensation.
The Fostel Law Firm is committed to offering comprehensive legal guidance and compassionate representation to victims of slip and fall accidents. As a knowledgeable Texas personal injury attorney, I will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help you pursue rightful compensation that can cover your medical expenses, lost wages, any future medical treatment, and any additional pain and suffering that you’ve been forced to endure.
The Fostel Law Firm is proud to serve individuals in Houston, Texas, and the Southeast New Mexico area. My firm is also a nationwide practice, and I am happy to review your case free of charge, no matter where you reside in the U.S.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability law is a legal term that is often used to describe a situation whereby a person sustains an injury or becomes hurt in an accident on another person's private property or business property as a result of an unsafe, hazardous, or dangerous condition on the property. Premises liability claims are typically the result of a slip and fall accident. Some common injuries that may occur and lead to a premises liability claim include:
Slip and falls
Negligent security leading to assault or injury
Inadequate maintenance of the property
Accidents involving fire
Garage door accidents
Elevator and escalator defects or accidents
Swimming pool accidents
Toxic fumes or chemicals
Defective staircases or stair collapse
Water leaks or flooding
How to Determine Liability in
a Texas Slip and Fall Accident
A person injured on private, commercial, or public property is within their rights to recover compensation for their injuries. When a slip and fall accident occurs, any of the following individuals or entities may be at fault:
Homeowner or Property Owner: A homeowner or property owner may be held responsible for slip and fall accidents that occur on their property.
Business Owner: Business owners are often liable for the dangerous conditions on the premises that led to a slip and fall accident.
Government Entity: If your injuries occurred on property managed or owned by the government, the government entities and municipal agencies may be liable.
Your Own Carelessness: The Texas court may shift the blame on your own negligence if your carelessness or lack of attention was a contributing factor to the slip and fall. In a situation like this, seeking compensation for your injuries will require the skills of an experienced personal injury attorney who can argue for your case to be considered.
Others: Other potentially liable parties include builders and construction companies, property management companies, companies that lease their business locations, and various service providers including repair, maintenance, and professional cleaning companies.
In order to seek damages for a slip and fall injury, the plaintiff must prove a number of different factors. These factors include:
The defendant owed a duty of care.
There was a breach of duty of care.
The defendant's breach of duty, negligence, or carelessness caused the victim's injuries.
The plaintiff suffered actual harm, bodily injuries, or damages due to the slip and fall accident.
Negligence Laws in Texas
Texas follows the "modified comparative negligence" principle. Under this rule, injury or accident victims may only recover damages if their level of negligence is lower than the other party. In essence, a person injured in a slip and fall accident may only seek compensation if they were less than 50 percent responsible for the slip and fall accident. In addition to this requirement, the amount of damages you may recover will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
For example, if you were texting while walking and were unable to notice a wet surface that you would have otherwise been able to observe if you were paying attention, the judge may find you to be partially at fault for your injury. If the total awarded damages were $100,000, and you were found to be 20 percent at-fault, you would only receive 80 percent of the $100,000 settlement, leaving you with $80,000 in compensation to collect.
Work With an Experienced Slip and Fall Attorney in Houston, Texas Today
Getting injured in a slip and fall accident can be a painful and often stressful experience. Additionally, you may be faced with a lot of legal complexities while trying to navigate a Texas slip and fall accident claim on your own. That’s why it is so crucial that you consult with a knowledgeable Texas personal injury attorney who can protect your rights and help you pursue your rightful compensation.
At The Fostel Law Firm, I have dedicated my career to providing experienced legal guidance and strong representation to injured victims pursuing a personal injury claim, including slip and fall accidents. As your dedicated legal counsel, I can:
Fight to protect your rights and represent your best interests
Review the details of your case and conduct a thorough investigation
Establish fault and liability for any other parties involved
File all of the necessary paperwork for your personal injury lawsuit
Help negotiate a settlement with the insurance company, if necessary
Having me on your side can go a long way toward improving your chances of receiving fair compensation that can cover your medical expenses so that you can focus on what matters most — getting better.
SKILLED SLIP & FALL ATTORNEY SERVING HOUSTON, TEXAS
If you or your loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Contact The Fostel Law Firm today to schedule a free one-on-one case assessment. I will offer you the comprehensive legal guidance you need and help you hold the responsible party accountable for the suffering they have caused you. I proudly represent clients across Houston, Texas, and the Southeast New Mexico area. I’m also happy to review your case free of charge, no matter where you reside in the U.S. — so call today to set up an appointment.