When you go into a grocery store or stop in to visit a friend, you never expect that some hazard on the property will injure you. Sadly, thousands of people are injured every year due to a property defect or a failure on the part of the owner to maintain the premises safely.
At Husain Law + Associates, P.C., we hold property owners accountable when innocent people are hurt on their premises. Please reach out to a Houston premises liability attorney today to learn more about your legal right to compensation.
What is Premises Liability Law?
We can bring a premises liability claim when you are injured due to some defect in a building or on the property. For example, we have helped people harmed by:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Negligent security
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Food poisoning
- Chemical exposure
Who Can You Sue?
Generally, we sue the person or entity who owns and/or controls the property. This could be:
- Property management company
- Private homeowner
- Governmental agency
Many people are injured in restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping malls, big-box stores, and public buildings. They might also be hurt at a friend or relative’s home. As experienced Houston premises liability attorneys, we carefully review the facts to identify the correct person or entity to sue.
When Can You Sue?
Texas law does not guarantee that you will be 100% safe on someone’s property. That’s an unrealistic standard. However, the law prevents owners from turning a blind eye to defects—especially when they invite people to come to visit.
The care a property owner must use depends on your status on the property. Generally, Texas identifies three classes of visitors:
- Invitee. Invitees are people the owner invites onto the property for the mutual benefit of both. The most common invitee is a customer shopping in a store.
- Licensee. A licensee has permission to be on the property but was not invited by the owner. Typically, licensees are there for their own purposes. Someone allowed to hunt on your property could be a licensee.
- Trespasser. Trespassers have no right or permission to enter or remain on the property. In fact, they are breaking the law.
Property owners must use the most care for invitees. Typically, they must use reasonable care to make dangerous conditions safe or warn visitors of the condition. By contrast, owners owe no duty to inspect or warn of dangers when it comes to trespassers—unless the trespasser was a child drawn to the property by an attractive nuisance, like a swing set or an abandoned refrigerator.
What Steps Should You Take after an Accident?
We recommend trying to photograph the hazard that injured you. If you slipped and fell on a loose floor tile, get a picture. We want to avoid a situation where the property owner quickly fixes the defect and then claims it never existed.
You should also report the accident to the property owner. They should protect the public from danger so that no more people are hurt.
Also, go to the hospital to have your injuries treated. We have found that prompt treatment gives accident victims the best chance of making a full recovery.
Husain Law Can Help
Premises liability claims are not easy to bring. Our legal team will ease the process of seeking compensation by performing the following:
- Investigate how long the hazard existed, which can show they had notice of it and should have fixed it or warned you about it.
- Search for surveillance video which can show how long a hazard existed or whether a premises owner tried to cover it up.
- Request information from the defendant, such as prior premises liability accidents and a maintenance schedule.
- Document your injuries and financial losses, including medical bills and lost wages.
- Communicate with insurance adjusters and answer any of their questions.
- Negotiate a fair settlement. Shopping malls and big box retailers aggressively fight back against any claim for compensation, so using a seasoned attorney is best.
Fair Compensation for Your Injuries
Premises liability claims cause serious injuries, and you deserve meaningful compensation. Many victims seek money to cover medical care, rehabilitation, lost income, and property damage. If your injuries are permanent, you might receive money for future medical care and diminished earning capacity.
Our clients also deserve money for pain, suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, and disability. A bad burn or crush injury, for example, can severely impact a person’s life.
Call Our Houston Premises Liability Lawyer to Learn More
We have the knowledge necessary to bring a claim for an injury on public or private property. Contact us today to learn more.
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