Houston Slip and Fall Attorney
Thousands of slip and fall accidents occur every day. Whether you’re walking around a construction site or picking up a few things at the grocery store, every property that is open to the public is regulated by a series of strict safety standards, codes, laws, and guidelines. But even with these safety guidelines, people are still hurt every day in accidents. The fact of the matter is this: slip and fall accidents don’t just happen. They are the result of negligence on behalf of the companies and individuals who are responsible for upholding safety standards required by law. Businesses, workers, and property managers know that they need to adhere to OSHA standards and requirements for better accident prevention, including around ladders, doorways, and uneven surfaces. And if they fail to adhere to these standards, someone will get hurt. If you or a family member has been injured as a result of missing or poor signage, bad maintenance, or insufficient construction safety, it’s time to hire a slip and fall injury lawyer in Houston.
What Is a Slip and Fall Lawyer?
Property owners and businesses owe a duty of care to keep their premises reasonably safe for people who visit lawfully. If a property owner or business violates that duty, and you are injured as a result, you may be able to hold the business or property owner liable to pay damages for your losses.
Should I Get a Lawyer for Slip and Fall?
Property owners must keep their facilities safe and hazard-free in order to prevent people who are lawfully present from being injured. However, proving liability can be complicated when a person is injured in a slip and fall accident while visiting a business. In many cases, the business or property owner will attempt to deny liability, placing the blame for the accident on the injured person. In order to prove that the accident occurred due to the negligence of the business or property owner, a slip and fall lawyer will have to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances that led to your injury.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents cause many types of injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Sprained ankles or wrists
- Knee damage
- Shoulder dislocations or muscle strains
- Spine and nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cuts and bruises
Common Causes of Slip and Falls
- Wet and slippery surfaces without visible warning signage
- Potholes, open manholes, or other broken surfaces with no covering or warning
- Construction or other types of debris
- Poorly lit entryways or walkways
How Do you Win a Slip and Fall Settlement?
To win compensation in a slip and fall claim, you must be able to prove that the risk to your safety could have been prevented by the property owner. For example, a business may be liable for your slip and fall injury if they leave spills on the floor without cleaning them up, but the mere existence of a spill is not enough. You must prove that the spill existed on the floor for a long enough period of time that the business owner or operator should have reasonably known about it but still failed to clean it up.
How Do I Settle a Slip and Fall Claim in Houston?
Usually when a slip and fall accident occurs, the business has failed to comply with proper maintenance practices. In order to prove that this is the case, a slip and fall attorney will investigate a company’s inspection methods to determine if they were rigorous enough or if they were followed at all. We may also review maintenance and repair records to see what efforts the business owner made to keep the property in safe condition. These types of evidence may be used to help prove that the business or property owner violated their duty of care and was negligent.
How Much Do You Get for a Slip and Fall Injury?
According to the CDC
, the average hospital cost of a slip and fall is more than $30,000. Depending on the severity of your slip and fall injury, businesses in Texas are insured to cover any potential injuries as a result of failing to maintain safety at their properties. But of course, any time the insurance companies get involved, it’s the same old story: they will do whatever they can to get out of paying for your injuries, pain and suffering, no matter how severe.
How Do You Prove a Slip and Fall Case?
Big Insurance will try to take advantage of those who are injured in slip and fall accidents. They know that you are likely to lack an understanding of premises liability law and they will use that ignorance to deny your claim. When you’re at your most vulnerable, just after an injury, they will pounce on your claim and find any way to invalidate it.
Attorney Sgt. Pike Will Fight for You
Attorney Sgt Pike has been protecting the victims of slip and fall accidents for more than 25 years. He knows how painful, stressful, and expensive a slip and fall accident can be, and he’s committed to fighting for your rights and recovering compensation for your slip and fall injuries.