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A slip-and-fall accident occurs when a person sustains an injury after slipping or tripping and then falling on someone else’s property, and the fall results in injuries. Slip-and-fall accidents in Houston can happen anywhere. We represent those who have suffered injuries in places such as:
- Bars or nightclubs.
- Shopping malls.
- Nursing homes.
- Chain stores.
- Government buildings.
It’s important to note that specific rules apply when an injury occurs on government property. Sometimes these buildings are shielded from being held liable for damages that may result on their property. An attorney will be able to help.
A slip-and-fall accident doesn’t have to occur indoors for you to be eligible to file a claim. Whether it’s in a parking lot, on a sidewalk, or on the stairs inside of a building, it’s the property owner’s responsibility to maintain a safe space for people. In a slip-and-fall accident, an injury must occur to collect compensation.
Why Do Slip-and-Fall Accidents Happen?
Many scenarios can lead to a slip-and-fall accident, and most of the causes are entirely preventable. Some of these causes include:
- Puddles or slippery floors.
- Uneven flooring.
- Broken stair treads.
- Unsecured rugs or carpeting.
- Missing railing.
- Poor lighting.
- Accumulation of ice, water, or rain on a surface.
- Debris or garbage.
- Loose electrical wiring.
A property owner should be aware of these hazards and use proper signage to alert visitors until the repair or solution gets completed to help prevent people from accessing the area where a fall could occur. Many causes mentioned above are hard to see, even if you’re careful, making it even more essential to ensure these conditions don’t exist.
Who Is Responsible for Maintaining a Safe Property?
Proving who is responsible for your slip-and-fall injury can sometimes be a challenge. While the property owner or business is responsible for maintaining a safe space, it can sometimes be challenging to prove that their negligence caused your injuries. That’s why it’s best to consult with an attorney, such as a team member at Godsey Martin, P.C.
To win a slip-and-fall case in Texas, we must prove that the person responsible for the property knew about the dangerous conditions or should have been aware of them. We must also prove the individual failed to provide warnings or fix the area. Lastly, we must verify that your injuries did indeed occur because of these dangerous conditions. Our lawyers are skilled in slip-and-fall cases and will work hard to help you win your case and get you the compensation you deserve.
Common Injuries in a Slip-and-Fall Accident
Some slip-and-fall accidents result in only a bruise or two and some embarrassment. Other accidents can be severe and change your life forever. Some common injuries include:
- Fractured bones.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Neck injuries.
- Traumatic amputation.
- Internal injuries.
The severity of injuries can depend on how and where you fell. However, you should always receive a doctor’s evaluation after an accident. A medical professional will be able to assess your injuries and their severity and establish a baseline should other injuries become apparent in the days or weeks following your accident. This examination is vital in a personal injury case such as a slip-and-fall accident, and failure to get examined could result in a rejected claim.
Compensation for a Slip-and-Fall Accident
Each case is different, and we can’t tell you an amount that you’re entitled to without a complete evaluation of your claim. Some elements factor in the amount people receive after a slip-and-fall accident. These factors include:
- Past, present, and future medical bills.
- Therapy or rehabilitation.
- Nursing care.
- Lost wages.
- Reduced earning capacity or disability.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress.
- Permanent disfigurement.
- Noneconomic damages such as chronic pain.
All of these factors will be used, along with medical records, to meet the demand for your compensation. Don’t settle for an offer from an insurance company. A personal injury lawyer from Godsey Martin, P.C., will fight for your rights and ensure you get the maximum amount allowed for your injuries.
We Can Help You Get Back On Your Feet
Injuries from a slip-and-fall accident can result in medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing physical therapy. You shouldn’t have to face this situation alone. The team at Godsey Martin, P.C., is ready to help.
Our Houston and Dallas attorneys have the experience necessary to help you win your case. Not only that, we care about our community and those who live here. We will get you the justice and compensation you deserve as quickly as possible. Give us a call or send us a message today to learn more about how we can help you get back on your feet.
Contact Godsey Martin, P.C. Today
If you or someone you love has sustained injuries from a slip-and-fall accident, reach out to the Godsey Martin, P.C. team today. Our lawyers are experts in slip-and-fall accidents and claims and will work hard to get you the compensation that you’re entitled to from your accident. We offer a free consultation to help determine the best course of action for your situation. You shouldn’t carry the burden of expenses related to your injuries alone. You can reach us by phone at 800-I-GOT-HIT or our secure online contact us form. One of our attorneys will be glad to discuss your claim with you and guide you in the right direction. Call our Houston office today!
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