If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on another person’s property. you may want to hold the property owner accountable in the form of a lawsuit as soon as possible. However, sometimes it is difficult to determine whether you could have been more aware of your surroundings so that you could have avoided the dangerous conditions that caused your injuries. Continue reading to learn whether you are eligible to sue a property owner for your slip and fall injury and how an experienced Kaufman County, Texas slip & fall lawyer at Harrell & Paulson, LLP, can help you explore your legal options.
Why do slip and fall accidents commonly occur?
Slip and fall accidents occur far too often in the state of Texas. Below is a list of locations in which they commonly occur:
- Parking lots.
- Retail stores.
- Grocery stores.
- Swimming pools.
Commonly, slip and fall accidents occur due to the negligence of a property owner, which can be seen in the following examples:
- The property owner fails to clear spills or liquids from their premises.
- The property owner fails to repair uneven pavement or potholes on their premises.
- The property owner practices negligent safety practices on their premises.
Am I eligible to sue a property owner for my slip and fall injury?
It is widely known that property owners are responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure that their property is free from dangerous conditions that would lead to a potential slip and fall accident. But at the same time, you, as a passerby, are responsible for taking reasonable steps to avoid a potential slip and fall accident. That said, before suing, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Did I have a legitimate reason for being on the property owner’s premises when my accident occurred?
- Was I participating in any reckless activities when my accident occurred?
- Would a person of reasonable caution have noticed and avoided the dangerous conditions that caused my accident?
Depending on the answers to the above question, if you are still looking to file a premises liability claim, you will have to prove the following as true:
- The property owner should have reasonably known about the dangerous conditions on their property.
- The property owner did know about the dangerous conditions on their property and still did not fix it in a timely manner.
- The property owner caused the dangerous condition on their property and still did not fix it in a timely manner.
If you require assistance with bringing your claim forward, retain the services of a skilled Kaufman, Texas personal injury attorney today.
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