Austin Slip-and-Fall Lawyer
Imagine strolling through a shopping mall and suddenly you slip and fall in the puddle of a spilt drink. The fall causes you to gash your head against a store display table and your arm breaks at the point of impact when your body falls to the ground.
In personal injury law, this painful event is referred to as a slip and fall. Who should be held accountable for your injury? Who should pay for your medical expenses and loss of income if you have to take time off from work to recover? What of your pain and suffering?
An experienced and knowledgeable Austin slip-and-fall lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP can investigate and help determine the cause of your accident and who should be held liable.
How Common Are Slip-and-Falls?
Slip-and-falls are serious, causing thousands of serious injuries and deaths every year. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there were almost 32,000 deaths attributed to accidental falls in the United States in 2014.
Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that falls are the second leading cause of unintentional death, with 424,000 dying in these accidents. Additionally, 37.3 million falls are serious enough to require medical attention.
Slip-and-Falls Under Premises Liability
Slip-and-fall accidents fall under premises liability law and can also be referred to as trip-and-falls. These cases can encompass many different scenarios, from slippery surfaces and uneven stairs to poorly lit areas and rough patches and obstructions on the ground.
While the circumstances of every slip and fall accident are different, they all share at least one fact: the owner of the premises, or the party controlling and leasing the property, failed to take reasonable care and keep the property safe and hazard free, culminating in serious harm and injuries.
Liability and Reasonable Care
Although the cause of your slip and fall accident may have been unintentional, the responsibility lies with the property owner to provide a safe environment for you and other visitors on the premises.
According to Texas law, property owners and businesses owe invitees a legal duty to exercise reasonable care to keep property and buildings free from dangerous conditions that could cause harm. Whether the cause is an already-known condition or one that should have been known, the property owner had a responsibility to keep you safe from the danger posed.
Holding the Property Owner Responsible
In order for a property owner or business to be held negligent for a slip and fall accident, your Austin slip and fall lawyer must prove that the property owner, an employee, a business, or another responsible party was responsible for one of the following:
- Caused the Dangerous Condition – If you were to walk through a store and fall on a slippery floor that had just been mopped and there wasn’t a sign to warn you that the floor was wet, the owner of the store can be held liable.
- Knew of the Dangerous Condition and Failed to Correct It or Warn Others – If a property owner knew of a rotted-out ceiling but failed to fix the problem or provide warning, the property owner can be held accountable for the resulting injuries and damages.
- Should Have Known About the Danger – For example, if a large, heavy pipe has been partially protruding above the ground for many years at your place of work, and you trip over the pipe and suffer injuries as a result, your place of employment can be held responsible because they should have known about the trip hazard.
Slip-and-falls can happen anywhere and at any time. Sadly, these accidents are often completely preventable. Serious injuries can be avoided if due diligence is taken to maintain properties for the safety of others. When negligence happens, an Austin slip-and-fall lawyer from our office can help you make the property owner account for his or her neglect.
An Austin Slip-and-Fall Lawyer Will Help You
Suffering an injury due to a negligent property owner can be painful and financially trying. An Austin slip-and-fall lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP will protect your rights and fight to recover the maximum compensation possible for your case.
Colley & Colley, LLP has been representing people like you for decades. With skill and experience, we can guide you with understanding and compassion throughout the entire process.
Call an Austin slip-and-fall lawyer at 512-477-2001 and make an appointment for a free consultation, or contact us by completing the form at the bottom of this page.