Premises Liability Lawyers
Serving Plano, Texas
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People who own or manage the property and open it to the public have a responsibility to keep the area free of hazards. Poor lighting, uneven floors, and even poor security can result in an accident that causes someone to get injured. Also, property owners may be responsible for the injuries resulting from criminal activity on their property such as a robbery in a store’s parking lot. If you were injured on someone else’s property, the property owner and the property manager may owe you compensation. This can be a complex area of law, so contact our premises liability lawyers in Plano today to find out if you have grounds for an injury claim. Initial consultations are offered at no charge.
Understanding Premises Liability Claims in Texas
In Texas, Property Owners Have a Legal Duty to Keep Their Property Safe
Under Texas law, all property owners who know or should have known about a dangerous condition or hazard on their property but failed to either: (1) warn visitors of the hazard or (2) repair the hazard or condition may be responsible for any injuries that a visitor to the property suffers because of the hazard. For example, if a grocery store’s manager knows that there was a liquid spilled on the floor of one of the aisles but they failed to clean up, then the store can be legally responsible if a customer slipped and fell because of the spill.
Common Premises Liability Accidents are “Slip and Fall” Cases
Slip and fall claims are, by far, the most common type of premises liability claims in Texas. There are many circumstances that can result in a slip and fall injury. Often these accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the business or the property owner. Whether your accident occurred on a residential or commercial property, you may have grounds to seek compensation for your injuries. This compensation is crucial to your recovery and can help you cover the expenses associated with your injury. Slip and fall accidents can occur as a result of:
- Poor or inadequate lighting
- Damaged or inadequately maintained walkways
- Uneven surfaces
- Obstructions in walkways
- Water or ice on pathways
- Failure to warn of potentially dangerous conditions
After a slip and fall injury, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as you may have options you are unaware of. Additionally, some injuries, such as head injuries, back injuries, and broken bones, can result in the need for long-term medical care, and a lawyer can negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies to ensure that your medical needs are covered.
Premises Liability Claims Include Violent Crimes that Happen on Someone’s Property
If you’re the victim of a crime such as assault, rape, or robbery, you may have a premises liability lawsuit against a property owner if the property owner didn’t provide sufficient security. For example, if you are robbed in a hotel parking lot, and the hotel doesn’t have surveillance cameras or security guards, the hotel may be liable for your injuries especially if the hotel knew that other persons had been robbed before at the same location.
Premises Liability Claims Include Being Attacking by a Property Owner’s Dog
Under Texas law, a person bitten by a dog may be able to recover compensation from the dog’s owner if:
- The dog previously bit another individual or acted as though it wanted to bite someone, and
- The dog’s owner was aware of the dog’s prior vicious conduct
Even the property’s owner, such as a landlord, may be responsible for your injuries if they knew that their tenant owned an aggressive dog that was likely to bite people on the property.
Your Right to Compensation Includes Many Things
Your legal right to be compensated for your injuries includes many things such as:
Past and future medical costs
Loss of earnings
Pain and suffering
Funeral and burial expenses
Loss of financial support and benefits
Loss of companionship or consortium
Insurance Companies Aren’t Always Fair
In our experience, insurance companies and their adjusters oftentimes try to low-ball how much they will pay for your medical expenses, your lost wages, and other damages. In other words, many insurance companies are more focused on protecting their own bottom lines by undervaluing your claim instead of paying you what you deserve.
You Need to Act Quickly to Protect Your Legal Rights
If you’ve been harmed in an auto accident, it is very important to speak with an injury lawyer as soon as possible for 2 main reasons:
Your Time is Limited – First, the time to start a legal action for compensation is limited by Texas law to two years from the date of your injury. If you are in an accident involving a vehicle driven by a state or local government worker, the time to bring a claim for your injuries can be a short as 90 days from the date of the incident.
Evidence Needs to Be Preserved – Second, it is important for your lawyer to collect as much evidence as you can to support your claim before the evidence disappears and the witnesses forget what happened during the accident.
Some Personal Injury Cases Take More Time Than Others
We know that when you are facing medical expenses, you can’t work, and you are feeling financially pressured, you may be tempted to take the first offer that an insurance company makes. Before you accept a quick settlement offer, it is your best interest to discuss your situation with a personal injury attorney. Our lawyers know the pressures you are under, and we work without delay to fight for the financial security you’ll need now and in the future.
Our Injury Lawyers Work on a Contingent-Fee Basis
We know that most people can’t afford a lawyer who charges them by the hour. That’s why our injury law firm works on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t get paid unless we collect money for you.
If you were hurt in an auto accident, please contact our premises liability attorneys online or call us at 972-380-4444 for your free consultation.
Our Personal Injury Services
If you’re not sure who to turn to or what to do next after your accident, then contact us today. We will answer all of your questions and explain all of your rights during your free consultation.