Premises Liability Attorney in Dallas
Legal Help After a Premises Injury
The area of law dealing with liability for injuries suffered on someone else's property is commonly referred to as premises liability. Incidents that could lead to a premises liability claim range from a supermarket slip-and-fall accident to a swimming pool accident on someone else's property. Premises liability law in Texas can be complex and challenging to navigate.
The experienced Dallas slip and fall attorneys at The Law Office of WT Johnson have a successful track record of representing people injured as a result of someone else's negligence. Call us for more information about pursuing your legal rights. You can reach us at (800) 738-4046.
What Does Premises Liability Mean?
In Texas, the notion of premises liability essentially means that anyone who owns, occupies or manages a piece of real estate is responsible to the public to keep their property reasonably safe. How safe it needs to be may depend on the definition of the person who was injured in relationship to the property. He or she may be:
- An Invitee. This is a person who was invited onto the property for some purpose or another. It may be a social guest, or a retail store customer but the person entering the property is doing so at the "invitation" of the owner or manager of the property. The invitation does not need to be formal.
- A Guest. Any welcome visitor. There may not have been an "invitation" per se, but a guest is, as the name implies, someone who is welcomed to the property.
- A Licensee. This is someone with an independent right to enter the property because of their own interest. It might be a landlord or a tenant or any other person who has the consent of the owner.
- A Trespasser. This is someone who does NOT have permission from the owner and no independent right to be on the property.
Common Hazards that Cause Injuries
Injury accidents that lead to premises liability claims can occur as a result of many different hazards. Here are a few examples of locations where such incidents could occur:
- Stores and supermarkets: Wet floors, falling merchandise, and aisles that are littered with debris could result in slipping and tripping accidents.
- Apartment complexes: It is common for visitors and residents to suffer injuries as a result of broken steps, dangerous swimming pools, structural instability, faulty railings, and malfunctioning equipment.
- Office buildings: A lack of fire alarms, uneven flooring, and poorly maintained walkways can prove dangerous for tenants and visitors to these buildings.
- Hotels: Hotel owners must make sure their properties are well-maintained and have adequate security.
- Parking lots: Poorly designed parking lots, uncovered drain holes, and unmarked drop-offs can all lead to hazardous situations.
- Homes: Rotten decks and porches, inadequate fencing around swimming pools, and faulty steps can all lead to serious injuries.
Proving a Premises Liability Case in Dallas
To be successful with their premises liability claim, injured victims must prove the following:
- They suffered an injury. This can be accomplished with photographs, medical records, and witness testimony.
- A hazardous condition or defective product on the premises caused the injury. Photographs of the defect can be very useful in proving that a dangerous condition existed on the premises.
- The property owner, manager, or an employee was negligent in their duty to maintain safe premises. When a property owner neglects their responsibility to maintain safe premises, they can be held liable for any injuries, damages, or losses caused. Negligence is a crucial element of a premises liability claim.
Contact an Experienced TX Premises Liability Lawyer at (800) 738-4046
An experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer can help injured victims receive support for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, future medical treatments, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. The Law Office of WT Johnson can help. Call us at (800) 738-4046 to schedule a no-cost case evaluation.
If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don't hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We're ready to help you, and won't rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.