If you've been harmed while visiting a residence, business, or other property, a premises liability attorney can assist you in obtaining the highest settlement possible for your damages.

Responsible property owners have a duty to keep their premises in good condition and ensure that visitors are safe and aware of any potential hazards.  Owners who are careless and neglect their property may be held liable for guests who sustain injuries. Premises liability cases can result from various situations, including slip-and-falls, dog bites, swimming pool mishaps, and structural issues with the property.

Unsafe premises and property negligence lawsuits include nearly any accident that happens on someone else’s property due to the property owner’s negligence. In most circumstances, you may be able to bring a premises liability claim if you are injured while on another’s property.

How Is Liability Established for Unsafe Premises and Property Negligence Lawsuits?

Texas requires property owners to take particular procedures to ensure that their property is secure for visitors. The extent of a property owner’s responsibility may vary depending on the type of visitor that’s entered their property. State law imposes a duty of care on property owners to provide a reasonably safe environment for anyone who enters their property or premises legally.

Three different visitor types are recognized by Texas premises liability law:

  • Invitees: Individuals who enter a premises with permission to conduct business. The property owner owes them a duty of care.
  • Licensees: People who visit the premises with permission for their own purposes, like a social gathering. The property owner must prevent or warn them of any hazard that presents a disproportionate risk of harm if the property owner is aware of it.
  • Trespassers: Those who enter a property without permission. They are not owed a duty of care unless they are children, in which case the attractive nuisance doctrine would apply.

There are some cases when determining who is responsible for a premises liability accident can be difficult. Factors such as awareness of any hazards, visitor authorization, and the location of the accident can be unclear and difficult to prove without the proper guidance. A  knowledgeable premises liability lawyer, can help you understand these complexities, and help you succeed in your unsafe premises lawsuits.

How Is Liability Established for Unsafe Premises and Property Negligence Lawsuits?

You may be entitled to compensation for premises responsibility if you were hurt while on someone else’s property. Typically, you must file a claim of negligence against the property owner to be compensated for your damages through premises liability.

To establish premises liability, you must show the following:

  • The property featured an unreasonably dangerous hazard
  • The owner was aware of the risk either due to direct or indirect knowledge
  • The owner did not fix or mitigate the danger with reasonable care
  • Because of that risk, you were injured.

A competent premises liability lawyer can assist with preparing a solid case with evidence supporting your claim. With an experienced lawyer working with you, you may be able to demonstrate a stronger claim and persuasively present your proof.

What Damages Are Available From Texas Unsafe Premises and Property Negligence Lawsuits?

Premises liability claims can affect a number of aspects of your life. Because of this, you may be able to recover a variety of types of damages, including but not limited to:

  • Medical care costs
  • Medications
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Economic and non-economic damages are recoverable from such instances. Economic damages involve those that can be calculated, such as adding up medical bills and the amount of income you lost due to missing work. Non-economic damages include factors that are difficult to quantify, such as pain and suffering. Speak with a premises liability lawyer for help calculating these damages.

Are Premises Liability Cases Affected by Comparative Negligence?

Comparative negligence applies to any type of personal injury claim, including premises liability.  This means your damage award may be reduced if you are considered partially negligent. However, you will still be entitled to compensation as long as you are not more than 50% responsible.

How Can an Experienced Premises Liability Lawyer Help?

Injuring yourself while on someone else’s property can be distressing. Since property owners are expected to maintain their premises properly, visitors rarely anticipate that the premises would be unsafe or dangerously neglected. An unsafe property can cause visitors to sustain severe long-term injuries and cost them time, money, and injury. While dealing with these personal consequences, it can be overwhelming attempting to handle a liability claim on your own.

An experienced premises liability lawyer can assist you in developing a solid case to support your right to compensation for your losses. With years of experience and an in-depth understanding of the law, your lawyer may be able to give you an advantage in court. They may be able to use their skills to foresee the strategies the defense would use against you and effectively counter them. Experienced lawyers are reliable and will put up a strong fight to retrieve the compensation you’re due.

Discuss Your Lawsuit With Our Knowledgeable Premises Liability Lawyers

Property owners have a responsibility to anybody they let onto their property. The failure to keep a property safe or warn guests about potential dangers may constitute negligence.  If you have been harmed due to the property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. A knowledgeable lawyer can help determine the value of your claim and fight to obtain just compensation.

To learn more, contact Hilliard Law. For more than 30 years, we have been representing our clients with compassion and dedication, using every effort to obtain the compensation they deserve.  Call us at 1-800-334-3298 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation. If we take your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we win.


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