Common Locations of Slips and Falls in Dallas, TX
We have handled claims involving falls on or in:
- Single-family homes
- Apartment complexes
- Restaurants, bars, and clubs
- Hotels and motels
- Short-term rental homes and apartments
- Public and private pools
- Sports stadiums
- Concert venues and theaters
- Amusement and theme parks
- Trampoline parks
- Grocery stores
- Convenience stores and gas stations
- Large retailers
- Shopping malls
- Other local businesses
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you were involved in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, we recommend that you:
01 Assess Your Injuries
Sometimes a fall is minor, and other times, it is not. Do not move quickly after a fall. Give yourself or your companion a minute to see how they feel. It is important not to move if there is fear of a spinal injury.
02 Call 911 for Serious Injuries
If you believe you or your companion have suffered a serious injury, call 911. This way emergency medical personnel arrives as quickly as possible.
03 Notify the Property Owner
If you are in someone’s home or business, ask to talk with the owner or the manager or supervisor on-duty. You should notify the person in charge of the fall.
04 Get the Property Owner’s Info
Ask for the name and contact information of the property owner. If you are in a business, ask for the names of the managers or supervisors on duty.
05 Take Photos of the Area
If you or a companion have a phone with a working camera, use it to take photos and video of the area where you fell. Do your best to document the dangerous condition that you believe caused the fall.
06 Ask for Witnesses’ Information
If one or more people saw the fall, ask for their names and contact information.
07 Obtain Medical Care
If you do not go to the emergency room right away, be sure to see your physician as soon as possible for a full exam. Always follow the doctor’s instructions in regard to treatment and rest.
08 Set Your Footwear Aside
The type of footwear you were wearing at the time of the fall may be relevant. You should take these sandals, shoes, or boots and set them aside when you get home. Do not continue to wear them while your slip and fall claim is ongoing.
09 Call a Lawyer
When you are injured on someone else’s property, you may be quickly contacted by their insurance company. We recommend you do not converse with an insurer until you have spoken with an experienced attorney about your rights and options.
Slip and Fall Compensation & Liability
Texas premises liability law is complicated, and the owner or tenant of the property where you were hurt may or may not be liable for your injuries.
Whether or not the owner or tenant is liable depends on why you were on the property, their duty of care to you, and whether the presence of the hazard violated that duty of care. At Anderson Injury Lawyers, a Dallas slip & fall lawyer will analyze why you were on the property, and determine whether the law views you as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser.
Invitees are individuals on a business’s property for a mutual benefit. If you are an invitee, you are owed the highest duty of care. The property owners are responsible for ensuring the property is safe and warning you against unreasonably dangerous and concealed conditions that the owner is or should be aware of.
If you are a licensee, you are on another person’s property for your own benefit. You are owed the second highest duty of care. The property owner should keep the property safe and warn you about unreasonable dangers they know of.
You would be considered a trespasser if you were on someone’s property without permission. In this situation, the property owes you a low duty of care and only must not recklessly or intentionally cause you harm.
Our slip and fall attorneys at Anderson Injury Lawyers will carefully review the hazard that caused you harm and determine if the evidence shows the property owner violated their legal duty. If the owner did not maintain the property as they should for you and other guests, then you can pursue compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
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Slip and Fall Compensation
After speaking with a lawyer, you may find that the property owner, manager, or tenant is liable for your injuries. Under these circumstances, you have the right to pursue compensation, including for:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Permanent Physical Limitation
- Reduced Earning Capacity
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Pursuing Slip and Fall Case Payouts
If you fell after slipping, tripping, or stumbling on someone else’s property, you may now be recovering from serious injuries. You may be worried about the bills that have started to arrive or will arrive soon. Worse yet, you may have had to take time away from work, which means you are facing bills while receiving less income.
For many families, this is a recipe for disaster. The bills could quickly deplete your savings. To avoid this outcome, it is best to work with a lawyer and pursue compensation for your slip and fall injuries.
There are two ways to pursue a slip and fall payout:Slip and Fall Insurance Settlements
The first is to work with the property owner’s insurance company. If you fell in someone’s home, their rental or mortgage insurance may cover your bodily injuries. If you fell in a business, it likely has liability insurance to cover your injuries.
Insurance settlements are common resolutions to slip and fall cases. However, you should not work with an insurer alone. The insurance company adjusters and employees know the law and the system better than you. They can use this upper hand to try and get you to accept a lower settlement than you deserve.
You should have a Dallas slip & fall lawyer on your side to ensure you know what your case is worth and to negotiate for the maximum payout possible.Slip and Fall Lawsuits
Your other option, which is often used in conjunction with settlement negotiations, is to file a slip and fall lawsuit. By filing a lawsuit against the property owner, manager, or tenant, you demonstrate that you take your claim seriously. You also provide a financial incentive for the insurer to settle. Many insurers prefer to settle than pay for lengthy litigation.
However, a lawsuit is also important aside from possible settlement negotiations. If the property owner does not have insurance, if the insurer denies your claim, or if the policy limit is below the value of your claim, then you may wish to take your claim to trial. By filing a lawsuit, you have the opportunity to ask a judge or jury to hold the property owner liable and award you the compensation you deserve.
Let Our Dallas Slip & Fall Lawyers Help You
After you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall, you may assume the property owner is liable. Or, you may assume the accident was your own fault, and the owner does not owe you anything. Both of these assumptions can be dangerous without speaking to a knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced lawyer first. Call Anderson Injury Lawyers at (214) 327-8000 to schedule a free consultation.
If you suffered harm in an accident or any incident caused by negligence, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers right away. We offer individualized attention, over 25 years of experience, and everything you need to get everything you deserve.
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