Dallas Slip-and-Fall Lawyer
A slip-and-fall accident might seem minor, but these injuries can often be severe. If you’ve been injured in a premises liability accident, get help from a slip-and-fall attorney in Dallas.
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in significant injuries, including broken bones, slipped discs, back and spinal injuries, traumatic brain damage, and a number of other serious injuries. These injuries can keep you from working for a substantial period of time, which can be a financially stressful time.
If the accident was the result of unsafe conditions on the premises, you should receive compensation for your suffering and lost wages. A lawyer can help determine the responsible party, and ensure they’re held accountable.
With the help of a highly trained Dallas slip-and-fall lawyer at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, you can focus on your recovery while we focus on recovering your compensation.
Blame in Premises Liability Accidents
In most slip-and-fall accidents that occur on someone else’s property, the property owner is responsible for any damages. They have an obligation to ensure that their property, whether a commercial or private residence, is safe for invited guests.
For example, the sidewalk directly outside of a local store is broken and uneven. You slip and fall on the cracked surface leading into the store. The store manager or owner could be held accountable for your injuries, as the broken sidewalk should have been blocked off, or better, repaired before consumers were allowed inside of the store.
Perhaps you were out to eat at a popular restaurant and slipped in a puddle of spilled drinks. The restaurant is obligated to notify guests of the spill with a wet floor sign, and then clean up the mess quickly to avoid accidents.
If neither of these precautions are taken, the owner or manager of the restaurant could have a claim brought against them for their negligence. A lawyer can look into your accident, and help you understand who could be named as the defendant, as well as what your next steps should be.
Exceptions to Property Owner Fault
There are some situations where the property owner won’t be held responsible for your damages on their property. One exception is known as the open and obvious rule. Here, if a hazard is clearly visible and any other reasonable person would have seen the danger, the property owner is not be liable for your damages.
For example, in the restaurant scenario, the property owner or restaurant manager might not be culpable if a wet floor sign was posted next the spill. The restaurant took steps to protect your safety, and you chose to walk in that area despite the risk. In this case, you would be responsible for any ensuing damages.
In addition to the open and obvious rule, if you were trespassing on the property owner’s land at the time of your fall, they cannot be held accountable for your losses. You were an uninvited guest on their property and they do not have an obligation to ensure your safety.
If you’re not sure whether you have a viable claim against a property owner, your attorney can review your case, and then cover what to expect from your claim moving forward.
Recovering Your Damages
To achieve maximum repayment for your slip-and-fall injuries, your attorney will need to know all of the ways your life has been impacted by the accident. How do you know which damages should be included in your injury claim?
For example, you might know to include economic damages, such as your lost wages and earning potential, property damages, and recovery of your medical expenses. But, there are many other damages that might be applicable to your claim. Non-economic damages are those intangible losses that can be difficult to quantify. These losses might include:
- Loss of household services
- Disfigurement and/or scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Your lawyer is responsible for quantifying your losses accordingly, so you are compensated for the harm inflicted upon you by an irresponsible or negligent property owner.
Contact a Dallas Slip-and-Fall Attorney
When a property owner fails to ensure your safety on their premises, they should be held responsible. Your life has been impacted and you should be compensated for your injuries and suffering.
An experienced Dallas slip-and-fall lawyer at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP can help you obtain reimbursement for your damages. Start by filling out the brief contact form below, or give our office a call at 214-522-9404 to schedule a free claim assessment.