Fort Worth Premises Liability Lawyer
A premises liability claim could result in payment for your accident-related medical bills and pain and suffering if a property owner was negligent in keeping the premises safe for visitors. Call the Law Offices of Tom Hall after you experience a slip and fall, elevator/escalator accident, staircase accident, parking lot accident, fire/flood damages, environment-related poisoning, dog attack, or other premises-related harm in Fort Worth. Our lawyers can help you file a premises liability claim against the at-fault party/parties in pursuit of damages.
Texas Premise Liability Laws
The basis of a premises liability claim is that the owner of the property failed to keep it reasonably free from hazards, resulting in an accident and injuries to a guest. What counts as “reasonable” property care depends on the status of the visitor, as well as the circumstances of the situation. Three levels of visitors require three different standards of care from property owners:
- Invitee. Property owners must search and find hidden hazards, repair known property defects, and put up signs warning of existing dangers before allowing invitees to enter his or her premises. Invitees are people with express or implied invitations to enter a property for the owner’s purposes, such as shoppers at a grocery store or guests to a private party.
- Licensee. Property owners owe licensees the same duties of care as invitees in Texas, except they do not have to search for hidden hazards. Licensees also have the property owners’ permission to enter the land, but they do so for their own purposes. Examples of licenses include salespeople and utility companies.
- Trespasser. Even trespassers in Texas can file premises liability lawsuits against negligent landowners in some situations, for instance, if the trespasser is a child under the age of 18 or if the landowner intentionally caused harm to the trespasser. In these cases, the property owner could be liable for the trespasser’s damages.
Bringing a civil claim against a Texas property owner starts with recognizing your status as a visitor and the defendant’s duties to you as such. A conversation with one of our lawyers can help you with these elements. We know the ins and outs of Texas premises liability laws as well as what counts as property owner negligence. We can help you gather evidence against the landowner and prove your claim in front of a judge or jury in Fort Worth.
Common Premises Liability Accidents
The most common premises liability claim type in Texas is the slip, trip, and fall case. Slip and fall accidents injure millions of people every year. A simple trip to the store could end in painful hip or wrist fractures, bruises, contusions, and a major head injury due to slip and fall hazards. Senior citizens are most at risk of serious fall-related injuries and deaths. Icy pavement, uneven curbs, cracked sidewalks, slippery floors, debris in walkways, loose carpets, and exposed cords all put visitors at risk of harmful fall accidents.
Premises liability claims can arise from trips to amusement parks, swimming pools, zoos, schools, shopping centers, workplaces, and accidents right at home. No matter where your accident happened, take your case to the Law Offices of Tom Hall. An investigation could uncover proof that the property owner was indeed negligent or careless in keeping the property free from dangerous defects. A successful lawsuit could result in full compensation for your injuries and related damages.
Talk to one of our lawyers (not a paralegal or assistant) today about your premises liability claim in Fort Worth. Attorney Tom Hall has a reputation among his peers for being a tough negotiator who is willing to fight for his clients. Let us take on your case for your best chance of success. Schedule your free consult online or with a phone call to (800) 866-4255. We offer committed, personal representation.