Property owners, as well as business owners, in Texas have a responsibility to keep their properties reasonably safe for invitees and guests. Failure to properly maintain a parking lot, store, apartment complex, or other property could cause someone to slip or trip and fall and suffer severe injuries. Slip-and-fall accident victims can recover compensation for their injuries by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the parties responsible for their accident.
The victim of a slip and fall must show that they suffered injuries due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property. Many parties can be responsible for a slip-and-fall accident, including store or business owners, property owners or landlords, and store employees who created the dangerous condition on the property that caused the accident or knew of the dangerous condition and negligently failed to fix it. A party may also be liable if a reasonable person in their position would have known about the danger and fixed it. Dangerous conditions may include uneven flooring, broken steps, poor lighting, substances spilled on the floor, ice or snow hazards, and cracks in a parking lot or sidewalk.
In many slip-and-fall cases, the victims may be partially responsible for their own injuries. For example, if the victim was not paying attention to their surroundings or was texting while walking through the store, they may be at fault for failing to avoid the dangerous condition. However, in Texas, if the victim 50 percent at fault for the accident, or less, they can still recover damages based on their percentage of fault. For example, if a victim was 30 percent responsible, they would recover 30 percent of the $100,000 in damages awarded by the jury.
Slip-and-fall injuries can be devastating and change a victim’s life forever. Filing a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries can give you the financial support you need during these difficult times. A personal injury attorney in your area can review your case and guide you throughout the legal process.