HOUSTON PREMISES LIABILITY LAWYER
Houston Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
A serious injury from a slip and fall accident can happen anywhere, at any time. It’s only natural if you feel embarrassed about your fall, but you should not feel that it was your fault. There are many conditions under which you may recover compensation for damages relating to a slip and fall injury that a property owner might have been able to prevent.
Let an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer at Reich & Binstock LLP determine whether your slip and fall case has grounds for legal action. We have a thorough understanding of Texas personal injury laws, and we also know the ways in which insurance companies will work to minimize your recovery. It is important to speak with a slip and fall accident lawyer as soon as possible before evidence disappears and witness memories become fuzzy.
How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
There are a plethora of instances in which slip and fall accidents can occur. They can happen relatively anywhere. Sometimes they may occur as a result of a misstep or trip with no one necessarily at fault. Other times, though, separate parties may be at fault because of their own negligence or dangerous conditions that could have been prevented.
Injuries from falls on someone else’s property are classified legally as premises liability claims against property owner negligence. If we can prove that a lack of proper maintenance, failure to repair an unsafe condition, or failure to provide adequate safeguards or warnings was a factor in the cause of your fall, you may be able to recover compensation for past, present and future damages.
What To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you have a slip and fall accident under any of these conditions, the first thing you should do is report the incident. Whether you report it to a store manager, business owner, or landlord, make sure the person in charge is made aware of your accident. You should also ask them to make a written report documenting the details of the incident and request a copy before you leave.
Next, and perhaps most importantly, seek medical treatment. Injuries from these types of accidents can be severe, and you may not even know the extent of your injuries until you visit a doctor.
Next, call us at Reich & Binstock. Having an experienced legal team working for you can make all the difference in the outcome of your case, especially since slip and fall accidents are so difficult to prove. Our attorneys will consult you about your case and what you can expect going forward with legal action.
In the meantime, keep documentation of everything. Not only the written report and medical records, but also witness statements and photographs of where the accident took place. If something like a puddle of water or uneven steps contributed to your fall, take a picture of it. You may also want to recount your own memory of the incident. Jot down any details you can remember about your surroundings and what occurred, including the date and time. All of this can be used as evidence later in your case.
Also, remember to decline any statements to insurance companies, property owners or managers, or generally anyone who isn’t your attorney. Refrain from placing blame and certainly don’t take any.
How Long Do You Have To Go To The Doctor After a Slip and Fall Accident in Houston?
If you receive injuries from a slip and fall accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. We recommend visiting a doctor or emergency clinic within 72 hours following the accident.
It is especially important to go to the doctor or ER if you hit your head as a result of the fall. A head injury is extremely serious and can bring devastating injuries. What might begin as seemingly normal symptoms, such as headaches, could actually be a sign of mild or moderate brain damage. If you feel drowsy or unusually tired, have difficulty sleeping, or are vomiting following a slip and fall head injury, consult a doctor right away.
Sometimes after an accident, you may not realize the severity of your injuries until much later. That is why the sooner you visit, the better.
How Long Do You Have to Report a Slip and Fall?
In the state of Texas, personal injury claims such as slip and fall injuries have a statute of limitations of two years. This may seem like plenty of time, but it can go by before you know it. As soon as the accident occurs, the clock begins ticking. Once that two years has expired, it is too late to file a civil lawsuit against the responsible party.
How Much is a Slip and Fall Case Worth?
The amount of compensation you are able to receive from a slip and fall settlement varies greatly. As with most cases, it depends on multiple factors. First and foremost, the severity of your injuries plays a large role in how much you are able to obtain. Relatively minor injuries may fall somewhere on the lower end or below the average. Major injuries, however, can bring a much higher settlement.
How Long Do Slip and Fall Settlements Take?
Similar to how the amount of compensation depends on the factors of the case, so does the timespan of the case. From start to finish, a slip and fall case may take anywhere from a few months to a few years. What it mostly depends on is the severity of your injury, the length of treatment in your recovery, and the ability of your lawyer to keep the process running along smoothly.
How Many Slip and Fall Cases Go To Trial?
Believe it or not, only about 2 percent of slip and fall cases make it to trial. This does not mean that the personal injury attorneys that are representing the victim aren’t successful. Instead,most cases will likely settle outside of court. What this means is that the injured plaintiff and the responsible party, through their insurance company, will agree upon a negotiated amount. This amount might be a little less than what they might’ve acquired in court, but many people take not going to court as a win in itself. On the flip side, the settlement may be more than what you would have won in court. There’s no way to know in many cases.
Types Of Slip-and-Fall Cases We Handle
Let our experienced slip and fall lawyers determine whether your injury case is worth taking legal action on. We have a thorough understanding of Texas personal injury laws, and we know how insurance companies work to minimize your recovery. It is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible before evidence disappears and witness memories become fuzzy.
Our team pursues claims involving:
- Wet floors at retail stores and restaurants
- Slippery floors at vacation homes and time shares
- Obstructive and falling objects at stores and restaurants
- Defective stairs and railings
- Unmarked steps
- Loose tiles
- Inadequate lighting
- Parking lot falls
- Poorly maintained sidewalks
- Workplace falls
Premises Liability And Property Owner Negligence
Injuries from falls on someone else’s property are classified legally as premises liability claims against property owner negligence. If we can prove that a lack of proper maintenance, failure to repair an unsafe condition or failure to provide adequate safeguards or warnings was a factor in the cause of your fall, you may be able to recover compensation for past, present and future damages.
Contact A Houston Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer at Reich & Binstock
You will need an experienced legal team advocating for you, if you decide to move forward with your slip and fall accident case. Because of the burden of proof required to prove premises liability and the amount of negotiation necessary, obtaining a lawyer is your best bet at winning your case.
At Reich & Binstock, our Houston attorneys can help you establish the full and fair value of your claim and secure the maximum compensation you deserve. We represent injury victims and families throughout the state of Texas.
Our founding partners are both board-certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and our team of experienced lawyers is battle-tested against the most powerful insurance companies and defense lawyers. Our attorneys offer free, no-obligation consultations, and we handle all upfront costs of litigation. We only get paid if we secure a recovery in your case.
There is a never a fee unless we recover on your behalf.