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Slip-and-Fall Basics to Know

Wet floor signThe fall season is here and Texas has already experienced a rush of wet weather, bringing both much-needed rain and the risk of slip-and-fall injuries. Anything from a wet surface to a damaged sidewalk can prove to be hazardous. It may help to brush up on some basics if you or a loved ever happens to be involved in this type of accident and wish to pursue a personal injury case.

Factors to Consider

Slip-and-fall injury cases usually involve the legal concept of premises liability. This holds the property owner or tenant legally responsible for any accidents caused by hazardous conditions he/she had prior knowledge of. Factors to consider when pursuing a premises liability claim include:

  • The landowner or tenant must have owed a legal duty of care to the person who was injured. This means he/she must have taken reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their property.
  • The landowner or tenant must have violated this duty by failing to inspect the property for hazards, or warn about known dangers.
  • The injury must have been the direct result of that violation.
  • Slip-and-fall victims must also have proof of suffering a physical injury in order to seek monetary compensation for damages, such as medical bills and lost wages.

It’s important to note that a property owner may not be held liable for injuries caused by hazards he/she could not have possibly been aware of or expected. Different rules apply if slip-and-fall injuries are sustained on city, state or federal government-owned property.

Wait No Longer

It’s important to act quickly if you or a family member has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident as a statute of limitations exists (two years) for this type of claim. If you have any questions about pursuing compensation for your or your loved one’s slip-and-fall, a Dallas personal injury lawyer from the Ramey Law Firm can help. Learn what your legal options are by getting started with us today.