Our Slip and Fall Lawyers Can Help You Seek Fair Compensation
Talk to a qualified Abilene slip and fall attorney right now by calling (325) 437-2424, or fill out our online form and a lawyer will contact you within 24 hours. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights to pursue justice.
Get more information from our experienced Abilene slip and fall lawyers
- If you’re injured on someone else’s property because of their negligence, you can pursue a civil litigation case to recoup your losses
- Slip and fall cases are never easy to prove, so get help from a professional litigator who knows the law
- We offer a free consultation so that you can determine whether you have a case
- If you were injured, seek professional medical assistance immediately
You may think that slip and fall cases are relatively straightforward, and that getting hurt on someone else’s property automatically qualifies you for a lawsuit. However, these cases require that you prove negligence, which is something that requires substantial understanding of Texas law.
If you’re wondering whether your injury situation qualifies for a slip and fall lawsuit, you can contact us to explain the details and we will help you determine the best course of action. Or you can read on, as we have prepared plenty of useful information about slip and fall law on this webpage.
Slip and fall accidents – determining who is responsible
If you were injured after slipping and falling on someone else’s property, exactly who is responsible? People are injured every day in slip and fall accidents all over the state of Texas, and sometimes this is the responsibility of the property owner, and at other times it’s not. Common causes for slip and fall injuries include:
- Faulty or defective stairs
- Wet floors
- Uneven ground
- Objects laying on the ground
- Low overhangs
First you need to realize that you are responsible for watching where you’re going. If someone spills something on the floor of a supermarket, it’s unreasonable to expect the manager or owner to have it cleaned up within seconds. There are other hazards on most properties that serve some useful purpose, and you have to acknowledge your own obligation to keep an eye on where you step.
Keeping this in mind, managers and owners are required to maintain their properties. If they ignore an ongoing problem and it leads to someone getting injured, a slip and fall lawsuit may be appropriate. While there are laws that govern slip and fall litigation, measuring the role negligence played in an injury is an inexact science.
Were you careless, or is the property owner responsible for your injury?
The first thing your Abilene slip and fall lawyer will want to ascertain revolves around liability. Was the owner of the property negligent in their responsibility to maintain a safe environment, or were you merely careless?
To determine if the owner or manager’s negligence, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did the owner, manager, or employee cause the issue that lead to your injury?
- Did any of these individuals know about the danger, yet fail to take precautionary actions?
- Should any of these entities have known that the issue presented a danger, because any reasonable person would have?
If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you may be able to pursue civil litigation, although the third scenario is the most common. Still, saying someone “should” have known something presents a tricky legal situation. Ultimately, a judge and jury will decide whether the accused failed to use common sense when addressing an issue on their property.
This is why our Abilene slip and fall attorneys will ask you specific questions regarding the nature of your accident. If we believe you have a case, our professional litigators aren’t afraid to take the next step.
Sometimes your own carelessness causes your injury
First, you need to understand that there is a big difference between a minor bruise and an injury that forces you to seek emergency medical care. This distinction is vital, because in order to seek compensation for a slip and fall injury, there needs to be some reason for compensation. Most minor bruises hardly warrants a civil litigation case.
You must also consider how your own actions may have contributed to your slip and fall accident. If you’re wondering whether your actions may have led to your injury, ask yourself these questions:
- Did you have a reason to be in the area where the injury occurred?
- Would most normal people have spotted the area and avoided it?
- Did the owner have any warning signs posted in the area?
- Were you distracted by something that made your accident more likely, like walking while looking at your smartphone?
Determining your own role in your injury will go a long way toward figuring out whether a slip and fall case is possible. Next, you and your Abilene slip and fall lawyer will need to determine whether the property owner, manager, or employee acted in a reasonable way in regards to keeping their property safe.
How to determine the property owner’s reasonableness in slip and fall cases
If an owner routinely makes a conscientious effort to keep their property safe, they are considered to be “reasonable,” according to the law. In civil litigation cases involving slip and fall, it’s often necessary to prove that the owner was unreasonable in this regard. To help make this determination, ask yourself the following questions:
- Was the area on which you were injured there long enough that the owner should have known about it?
- If you tripped over an object, was it left there for some legitimate reason?
- If the object you tripped over was in that spot for a legitimate reason, could it have been made safer in some way, or possibly removed?
- Could some sort of barrier been put in place to seal off the area where the accident occurred, or could it have been relocated safely?
- Does the owner or manager have procedures in place for cleaning and maintenance, and do they keep records to prove it?
- Did inadequate lighting in any way contribute to the accident?
After answering these questions, do you still feel as though your situation warrants civil litigation in the form of a slip and fall lawsuit? If so, please contact our law office and get more information.
A brief example of a legitimate slip and fall case
You walk into a grocery store where you slip and fall on a puddle of water that should not have been there, suffering an injury that causes you to seek medical attention. There was no sign in place notifying you of the danger, and there is an indication that the puddle of water was being caused by a leaking roof that had gone unrepaired for some time.
This is a good example of situation where our Abilene slip and fall attorneys may be able to help you seek compensation. Obviously, certain other variables could come into play, which is why we recommend you take advantage of our offer for a free consultation.
Talk to a lawyer before you talk to an insurance agent
If you’re injured on another person’s property in a slip and fall accident, it’s likely at some point that you’ll be confronted by an insurance agent who wants you to answer some questions. Some of the questions they ask will be identical to the ones we included on this page. While honesty when answering these questions is vital, it’s also important to protect your own rights when answering.
Remember this simple fact: Insurance companies are in business to make money. This means that they routinely deny legitimate claims or minimize them in some way to protect their bottom line. If you don’t stand up and protect your own legal rights to fair compensation, you could easily be one of many whose claim is ultimately denied even though it was entirely legitimate.
We fight the insurance companies so you don’t have to
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Contact our Abilene law office today for a free evaluation of your slip and fall case
Our team of professional litigators is standing by to help you determine whether you have a case. An injury can be costly, and you should never take chances with your health, so give us a call and put the experience of our legal team in your corner.