The most common accidents that give rise to premises liability claims are slips, trips, and falls. Every year, slip and fall accidents result in around one million emergency room visits. Slip and falls can happen when walking surfaces have hazards such as spilled liquids, grease, wax, ice/snow, or debris. It is a property owner’s responsibility to keep surfaces reasonably free from slip and fall hazards. Failure to do so, resulting in visitor injury, could end in a premises liability claim.
A slip and fall can result in fractured bones in the wrists and hips, head and brain injuries if you strike your head on the ground, or spine injuries if you fall from a height. They can be very serious accidents that cause catastrophic injuries. You might end up with thousands of dollars in medical costs, on top of income losses from missed days at work – not to mention the physical pain that can come with slip and fall injuries. For such major incidents, don’t try to represent yourself in an injury claim. Instead, trust an attorney in Dallas.
If you didn’t cause your slip and fall, we don’t think you should have to pay these costs out-of-pocket. A conversation with a lawyer at McGilberry & Shirer can help you determine exactly who could be liable for your damages. There may be a property owner who failed in his or her duties to clear the area of fall hazards and is therefore legally responsible for your accident. Retaining an attorney means a professional taking care of all the details of your case, including where to seek medical care, filing your injury claim, and negotiating with insurance companies.
To have a successful slip and fall premises liability claim in Dallas, you must prove negligence. This means you must show the property owner (or other defendant) knew or “reasonably should have known” about the defect that caused your accident, yet negligently did nothing to prevent the slip and fall. The amount of time the hazard existed can play an important role in proving these claims. If the defect existed for a longer period of time, it’s easier to allege that the property owner reasonably should have known it was there.
The more information you can gather at the time of your fall, the stronger you case might be. Write down facts such as when and where your fall occurred, who you reported the accident to, and the names of any eyewitnesses. You or your attorney will need to find out if the property owner was in the habit of searching for dangerous surfaces, whether there was a reason for the slippery floor, if there was a caution sign you missed, and how long the hazard existed. Working with someone from McGilberry & Shirer can make the evidence gathering process much easier on fall victims.
After a slip and fall, don’t wait to talk to one of our lawyers. We have the information and resources you need to start protecting your rights from the start. The sooner you request a free evaluation, the sooner you can learn your rights as an injured property visitor in Dallas. If we believe your accident has merit as a personal injury claim, we’ll help you take your case to the next level. Call (972) 392-1225 to learn more.