Bryan, TX Slip & Fall Attorneys
Filing a Claim After a Slip & Fall Accident in Bryan or College Station
Whenever you enter a business to shop, dine, see a movie, or any other activity, you have the right to assume that there won’t be any hazards that will cause you to slip, trip, or fall while there. Business owners have an obligation keep their premises safe from such hazards.
If you’ve been injured in an incident caused by an unsafe condition on someone else’s premises, you may be entitled to seek compensation. Business property owners are responsible for making sure their properties and buildings are safe for guests and visitors, and when they violate that responsibility, they can be held accountable.
What Is a Duty of Care?
One of the main issues in a slip and fall or premises liability claim is what duty of care the property owner or possessor owes to the people on their property.
For example, if the person is trespassing, the property owners may have limited liability because the injured individual was not legally allowed to be on the property.
Invitees vs. Licensees
People that are invitees or licensees may be eligible to seek compensation for their injuries on another’s property. Licensees are generally social guests who have been specifically invited to be on the property, such as friends and relatives, but are not there for commercial or business purposes.
On the other hand, invitees are generally on the property for business, such as customers:
- Visiting a store;
- or restaurant.
Make certain your claim is fully evaluated by teaming up with The Payne Law Group in Bryan, Texas. We were founded in 1949 on the idea that honest people deserve honest legal representation in difficult times.
This same principle is held close to our hearts today. It would be our honor to get the chance to represent you.
What Are Some of the Most Common Slip & Trip Hazards?
Some of the most common slip and trip hazards include:
- Lifted carpeted
- Curled rugs
- Slick tile floors
- Spilled liquids
- Loose computer wires or power cables
- Dust and debris
- Missing or damaged handrails for steps
- Dim lighting
How to Prove Negligence
Knowing what caused your fall is crucial to building your claim. As your injury attorneys, we need to be able to prove that you encountered an unreasonable hazard, placing liability on the property owner.
You should take pictures of the scene where you slipped and fell as soon as possible. We will also want to obtain statements from anyone who saw you fall, so make sure you have contact information for any eyewitnesses. These things will help us help you through this difficult time.
Defendant’s Strategy in a Slip & Fall Case
Many, if not all, defendants will argue that you should have seen and avoided the slip and fall hazard, if you had only been more careful. This argument is grounded in general premises liability law.
Most statutes make it difficult to place liability on a property owner if they did not know about the hazard or had no opportunity to correct it before an accident occurred. Thus, it may only be possible to hold a property owner liable for an “unreasonable” slip or trip hazard.
For example: A sink in a retail store bathroom breaks and floods the room. The janitor gets a complaint about the water from another customer that slipped, goes to see the water on the floor, but fails to put up a “do not enter” sign or provide any slip warning sign outside of the bathroom. You enter the restroom not knowing about the water on the floor, slip in a puddle, fall, and get seriously hurt. In this situation, the property owner and their employee knew about the water, knew it had caused a slip and could cause someone else to slip, but failed to make any reasonable attempts to contain the area or warn anyone about the problem to prevent others from getting hurt. This retailer should be held accountable for their negligence.
How The Payne Law Group Can Help
The Payne Law Group can help you make a claim against a property owner after you slip and fall on their premises. Our Bryan slip and fall accident attorneys can work through the details while you try to focus on getting healthy again.
You can trust us to:
- Present your claim in the best light possible
- Determine the full extent of your damages
- File the lawsuit
- Hold the negligent property owner accountable for their actions
Contact us online at any time to begin. We represent cases in Bryan, College Station, and the surrounding areas.