Were You Or A Loved One Injured In A Slip & Fall Accident?
Did you or a loved one sustain injuries in a slip and fall accident caused by:
- Missing or broken stairs?
- Frayed, unsecured, torn, or worn carpets or flooring?
- Poor lighting?
- Missing or broken handrail?
- Slippery or icy floors or sidewalk?
Then you may be entitled to compensation for those injuries. After the traumatic experience of a slip and fall, speaking with insurance companies and gathering documentation is the last thing on your mind when your medical bills are mounting. You may be wondering what to do next.
Let Godsey Martin, PC – Your Texas Trusted & Texas Tested Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers help you get the compensation and justice you and your family deserve.
What Is A Slip And Fall Accident?
A slip and fall accident is a type of personal injury that occurs when someone slips, trips, or falls while on another person’s or business’ property due to a dangerous condition. They can occur anytime, anywhere – from a wet slippery supermarket floor to an uneven walkway at a neighbor’s home to a defective escalator in an office building. Slip and fall accidents are so common that they lead to 1 million hospital emergency room visits annually.
When a slip and fall accident claim is filed, it falls under the area of law called premises liability. In Texas, premises liability law requires property owners and managers to maintain their property to prevent dangers and hazards that pose unreasonable risks to visitors, guests, and customers.
Property owners and managers have additional responsibilities, including a duty to identify and remedy any serious hazards on the property and warn visitors, guests, and customers about those hazards if they are not easily observable or cannot be immediately repaired.
What Type Of Injuries Result From Slip And Fall Accidents?
Depending on the circumstances, slip and fall accidents can cause a variety of injuries. Injuries suffered in slip & falls can range from minor cuts, scratches, and bruises to long-term debilitating injuries such as a traumatic brain injury. Common injuries caused by slip and fall accidents include:
- Soft tissue injuries – These injuries involve your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Sprained ankles and torn Achilles’ heels frequently occur in slip and fall claims.
- Broken or fractured bones – From shattered hips to fractured elbows, broken bones are the most common injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents.
- Brain, neck, and shoulder injuries – These injuries are more common in older adults and falls from higher heights. Brain injuries are common when a person falls and bumps their head on a hard surface like the concrete of a sidewalk.
- Back and spinal cord injuries – The severity of these injuries vary greatly from a herniated disk limiting movement to full paralysis.
Regardless of the type of injury you sustained, recovery times vary greatly from a few weeks of healing for a broken wrist to several years of physical therapy due to a spinal injury. The medical costs associated with these injuries can turn an already traumatic experience into an extremely stressful one.
Do I Have A Valid Slip And Fall Claim?
In Texas, simply slipping and falling on public or privately owned property is not enough. Other factors must be considered, including the presence of an unsafe, hazardous, or dangerous condition and the property owner’s negligence, if any.
To succeed in a slip & fall premises liability claim, you must prove three things:
- The dangerous condition on the responsible party’s property caused your injury
- The responsible party knew or should have known of the dangerous condition.
- The responsible party failed to repair, make the condition safer, or failed to provide warnings of the dangerous condition.
If you think your slip and fall case may fit these criteria or you have questions about the criteria, please contact us to discuss your case in a free consultation.
When Should I File My Slip & Fall Claim?
Due to the Texas’ two year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including slip and falls, you should contact a reputable and experienced personal injury or accident attorney as soon as possible after you or your loved one has been injured.
In Texas, the statute of limitation begins on the date of the accident. To be eligible to have your slip and fall case put before the court, you must have filed your claim within two years of the accident or you essentially forfeit your right to recover compensation for your injuries. Failure to file your claim within the statute of limitations results in your claim being time-barred and prohibited from ever being filed. And in some instances, there are other time limitations a victim needs to comply with in order to have a valid claim.
Contact us and we will help you explore your options. We are available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How Can We Help You?
We understand that each case is unique, and the process of filing a slip and fall claim is a complicated one. With our extensive knowledge of Texas premises liability law, Godsey Martin, PC will assist you with every aspect of your slip and fall case, including:
- Understanding your legal rights and options
- Filing your claim with insurance and/or the court
- Obtaining necessary evidence for the case such as photographs of the accident, witness statements, and/or medical records
- Referring you to qualified medical professionals
- Negotiating settlements with insurance companies and their lawyers
- Getting compensation for medical expenses, pain & suffering, and lost wages
The process of filing a slip and fall claim in Texas may seem overwhelming at first. However, our law firm of over 130 knowledgeable legal professionals provides you with a dedicated and personalized experience from day one.
There is no upfront cost to you. All of our personal injury claims and cases, including slip and fall claims, are taken on a contingency fee basis. We don’t get paid unless you get paid!
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