Whether you are visiting a restaurant or simply walking down the steps of an establishment, you can become injured in a premises liability accident. Property owners can be held liable for any injuries when they fail to use reasonable care to keep their promises safe for visitors and customers.
If you or your loved one were the victims of a premises liability accident in Dallas or the surrounding area, you might be entitled to compensation from the property owner. You only have a limited amount of time to pursue compensation for your injuries. Contact the attorneys at Rochelle McCullough to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights.
Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents
Premises liability accidents cover a wide range of accidents and injuries on another person’s property. Many types of accidents can happen because of a property owner’s negligence in keeping their property reasonably safe. Premises liability accidents in Dallas can happen anywhere from another person’s home to a commercial property, such as a business or retail establishment. Some of the most common types of premises liability accidents in Texas include the following:
- Slip, trip, and fall accident
- Elevators in escalator accident
- Negligent security practices that allow for assaults and other violent altercations
- Injuries caused by falling objects
- Structural collapses
- Falls from heights
- Swimming pool and other drowning accidents
- Inadequate lighting
- Carbon monoxide and other toxic fume accidents
- Uneven flooring
- Dog bites and/or animal attacks
- Missing or broken stairways or handrails
- Amusement park injuries
- Fires and foods
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability accident. Victims can trip and fall on sidewalks, slip on wet steps, or trip on dangerous staircases. A person’s life can change within minutes after tripping or slipping on a dangerous object. Every year, millions of people visit the emergency room after becoming injured in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. Victims can trip on debris, cords, or broken sidewalks. Elderly individuals risk suffering life-altering injuries such as hip fractures in slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents can also cause traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, and more.
Swimming Pool Injuries
Some types of premises liability accidents cause injuries to children at a higher rate than adults. For example, thousands of children die every year in fatal drowning accidents. Many of the victims are between ages one and four. Landowners are responsible for ensuring their pools are properly secured with fencing, gates, and covers.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites are another type of premises liability injury that can cause catastrophic injuries to children. Children are more susceptible to permanent facial injuries when dogs attack them. However, dogs can also seriously injure adults, especially in mauling incidents. When a dog owner fails to prevent a dog bite when they have reason to believe their dog is capable of viciousness, the victim has a right to sue the dog’s owner for damages.
Becoming injured on another person’s property isn’t enough to recover compensation. You will need to prove that the property owner or manager’s negligence caused the accident that resulted in your injuries. Property owners can be held financially responsible for a victim’s injuries when they refuse or fail to inspect the property or complete maintenance in a timely manner.
When the property owner’s failure to maintain and inspect their property leads to a dangerous condition that causes a victim’s injuries, they can be financially responsible. Negligent property owners can be held accountable for the victim’s medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. To have an actionable premises liability claim in Texas, you will need to prove the following elements:
- The property owner was in control of the property at the time of the accident and injury
- The property owner was negligent in the maintenance of the property, creating an unreasonable hazard
- The property owner knew or should have known about the danger and failed to take action by fixing it or warning visitors
- The property owner’s negligence caused your injuries and financial losses
What to Do After a Dallas Premises Liability Accident
After sustaining an injury on another person’s property, it’s crucial that you call and report the accident to the manager or property owner. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to ask that a police officer come to the accident scene. The officer will complete a police report that could be helpful for your claim later. If you notice any injuries, request medical help right away. Don’t wait to be seen by a doctor. Your medical condition could become worse, and it could hurt your claim. Follow your doctor’s orders and at the end of your appointments. Keep all of your medical records. Doing so can help you prove that the premises liability accident caused your injuries and that your injuries are as severe as you claim.
Compensation Available in a Premises Liability Claim
If you’ve been injured on another person’s property in Dallas, you can pursue compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. You need to prove liability in both cases to recover compensation. Personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to economic and non-economic damages.
Past and future medical expenses, lost income, loss of future earning capacity, property damage, and the expense of durable medical equipment are all examples of economic damages. You can also pursue non-economic damages for your pain and suffering, loss of consortium, disability disfigurement, and more.
Discuss Your Premises Liability Case with an Experienced Dallas Attorney
The attorneys at Rochelle McCullough have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in a wide range of premises liability cases. We will carefully review your case and help you understand your legal options. If you have a valid compensation claim, we will investigate your case, gather evidence, determine your case has value, and begin pursuing the total and fair amount of compensation you deserve. We do not charge a fee for legal consultations. Contact Rochelle McCullough to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced premises liability attorney.