Helping Clients Recover from Premises Liability Injuries
Pratfalls in sitcoms and movies can be very funny. Falling down in real life is not. A slip and fall, or trip and fall, can cause broken bones, bruises, and even head trauma. At Webb, Stokes & Sparks, our premises liability lawyers have the knowledge and skill to get you the compensation you deserve.
Premises Liability Lawsuits
Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of their property, as well as for any accidents and injuries that occur on their property as a result of their negligence. Some of the most common forms of premises liability include slip and fall accidents, animal attacks and dog bites, and negligent security.
We handle premises liability cases that include:
- Poorly maintained sidewalks
- Missing handrails
- Inadequate security
- Poor lighting
- Dog bites
- Falling objects
We can also help you file a claim against a pet owner after you've been attacked by a dog or any other animal that was not properly restrained. Perhaps you have suffered damages in a crime that could have been prevented had there been more adequate security. If you were robbed or assaulted because of negligent security, we can help you recover fair compensation.
Texas Premises Liability Law
To show that a property owner is liable for your injuries, you must build a case that exhibits their negligence. In general, premises liability cases involve proving the property owner’s “duty of care” to the injury victim (for example, a business owner’s duty to maintain a safe environment for customers) and their negligence that has violated that duty of care.
To establish liability in a premises liability claim, a plaintiff must provide proof of the following conditions:
The property owner had a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for visitors and protect them from injury.
A hazardous condition was present on the property.
The property owner was aware of the hazardous condition.
The property owner failed to correct the hazardous condition or provide an adequate warning of the danger to visitors.
The hazardous condition caused injury to the plaintiff.
Premises liability laws apply to injuries that occur on public properties and at private residences (as long as the injured person was invited onto the premises). The laws do not apply if the injured person was trespassing on the property at the time that they were hurt.
What is an Attractive Nuisance?
An “attractive nuisance” is anything that could potentially attract a child onto a property and cause injury. For example, a pool that is not fenced in would qualify as an attractive nuisance — a child may wander into someone’s yard to play in their pool, and be injured.
Although trespassing bars an adult person from recovering compensation through a premises liability claim, this rule is waived if the injury victim is a child. Even if a child is not supposed to be on a property at the time of injury, they would not legally be considered as a trespasser.
In premises liability cases where the victim is a child, a plaintiff must prove that the property owner failed to take action to limit the dangers of potential attractive nuisances at their business or residence. Contact Webb, Stokes & Sparks if you or your child was injured because of a property owner’s negligence. Our premises liability attorneys in San Angelo are available for free case evaluation.
Contact Us for Experienced Representation
Our firm has helped injured people for more than fifty years. To put that experience in your corner, call us today. Our premises liability lawyers in San Angelo can help you understand what your rights are if you have been injured on another person’s property and can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
If you have been a victim of a slip, trip, or fall, contact Webb, Stokes & Sparks for a free consultation.