When a hazard or dangerous condition on someone else’s property causes injury to you or a loved one, you can take legal action. The person in charge of the property is supposed to keep it safe for others or provide adequate warning to those on the property about the hazard. When they don’t do this, they’re acting negligently and can be held accountable for your injuries and losses. When you’re seeking justice for an accident that could have been prevented, you need a Houston, TX premises liability lawyer on your side.
Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm will stand up for you and will seek full compensation on your behalf. Your compensation should provide you with the security you need so you can heal financially, physically, and emotionally. We’ll protect your rights and fight for you to get the justice you deserve.
When Do You Need the Help of a Premises Liability Lawyer?
If you have sustained injuries when you were on another’s property, you may wonder if you have grounds for a claim. A Houston, TX premises liability lawyer from our law firm can review what happened to you and help you with your options. We’re familiar with the hazards and dangers that property owners should handle when they know about them. Some of those hazards can include:
- Faulty Wiring. When a building has faulty or exposed wire, they can shock those who come in contact with it or they could possibly start a fire.
- Poor Visibility. When an area is poorly lit, those who are walking through it could not see where they’re walking and potentially hurt themselves.
- Slip and Falls/Trip and Falls. Any situation that could cause a slip or trip and fall, like untreated sidewalks, spills, a wet floor without a caution sign, uneven sidewalks, unsafe railings, and unanchored carpets, are hazards that a property owner needs to take care of as quickly as possible.
- Negligent Security. If a property has negligent security like no guard on duty, broken surveillance, or lack of cameras, and you are attacked on the property, you may seek damages for negligent security.
- Dog Bites. Those who own dogs need to secure their dog on and off their property. When they’re on the property, the dog cannot be able to get loose, like having a hole in a fence. If they are off the property, the owners need to have the dog on a leash. If they don’t have this control and the dog gets loose and bites or knocks someone over, the injured person can take legal action.
While these are some examples of reasons where you’d want to consult a premises liability attorney, it’s also important to understand the areas where these types of accidents can happen. Any kind of property can be dangerous when the owner isn’t caring for it. Some possible places where your injuries may have occurred are:
- Swimming Pools
At Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm, we know that each of our client’s experiences will be unique. We’ll give your case the undivided focus you deserve so we can find out what happened, why, and how the accident affected you.
What Injuries Can Occur Because of a Premises Liability Accident?
A property hazard that harms you can leave you with an injury that affects your ability to work, will require medical care and recovery time, and also can cause you physical pain each day until you’re healed.
Some injuries may heal over time, but some could cause permanent damage. Premises liability accidents may cause these types of injuries:
- Burn Injuries. A fire or wire that causes electrocution can result in burn injuries. If these are severe, they can cause disfigurement and scarring. In some cases, skin grafts may be required to treat serious burns.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. These can occur in a slip and fall accident. When someone falls and bumps their head, it can cause brain injuries ranging from concussions to severe brain damage.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. An injury to the spine, which can result from falling, can cause permanent damage below the injury site. If the spinal cord sustains significant damage, the person may lose function and feeling below that point.
- Bruises. Some accidents may result in bruising. While these will heal, it can take time and the bruises can be painful.
- Broken Bones. Another possible slip and fall injury, when someone is falling they are likely to try and break the fall. This could cause someone to use their hand or part of the arm to prevent them from falling to the ground. The impact of the fall will be absorbed by that part of the body, which can shatter bones.
- Lacerations. An accident may result in lacerations. These may require medical treatment and stitches.
- Sprains and Strains. A premises liability accident can cause soft tissue injuries that may not present symptoms until days or weeks later. These can be difficult to detect and can worsen if they’re not treated.
After an accident, it’s important that you document what you can at the scene of the accident and report what happened. Visit your doctor for a medical evaluation so they can fully assess how you were hurt. These medical records can support your claim and help your Houston, TX premises liability lawyer fight for you to get full and fair compensation.
Who Is Owed a Duty of Care in Texas?
Your premises liability lawyer will determine who is liable for your injuries. We will also need to determine the circumstances in which you were on that property. When someone is on another’s property, there are different categories to describe that person. Those categories are invitees, licensees, and trespassers.
- Invitee: The owner knows this individual is on the property and it’s for the mutual benefit of the owner and the invitee.
- Licensee: This person is on the land with the owner’s knowledge as well. A licensee will be there for convenience or business with an individual that isn’t the owner.
- Trespasser: A trespasser enters someone’s land without the owner’s invitation, permission, or lawful authority.
According to Texas law, a property owner owes a duty of care to protect an invitee from hazardous conditions that could cause harm. The property owner is also responsible to exercise the care to maintain the property so they can discover these possible risks.
This slightly changes for a licensee. The duty changes to not harming the licenses through willful or wanton actions or gross negligence. For this to occur, the property owner has the knowledge of the hazard and the licensee doesn’t, and the owner hasn’t warned the licensee or taken steps to fix the hazard.
They do owe trespassers a duty of care, but it’s to not willfully or wantonly harm them or exhibit gross negligence.
Your Houston, TX premises liability lawyer will determine what duty of care you were owed, find out how the property owner failed to meet this duty of care, and how their negligence is what caused your accident and resulting injuries.
How Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm Can Help You
When our trial lawyers are on your side, we’ll look into the losses that your injuries and other damages have cost you. We’ll calculate your full economic and noneconomic losses and start fighting for you to get the compensation you deserve. You’ll have the financial security you need so you can work on your recovery in peace.
After you’ve been hurt, your time limit to come forward starts. You do not want to miss the statute of limitations because then you won’t be able to take legal action. The sooner you meet with us, the sooner we can start fighting for you.
We’re ready to help you with your claim. Call our office today for an obligation-free consultation. We can begin your legal journey and you can start to move forward.