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Austin Premises Liability Lawyer

Under premises liability laws, property owners are required to keep their premises safe. If a property owner fails to do so, and someone gets hurt, they may be held liable for their actions or inactions that lead to the injury. We at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm are committed to helping victims who have suffered serious injuries in accidents on the property of others due to negligence. Contact our Austin personal injury attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation and see how we can help you.

Why Choose Us for Premises Liability?

  • We are dedicated solely to personal injury cases, and helping people in Austin, who have been hurt through no fault of their own.
  • Our attorneys have a 99% success rate and have secured over $500 million in compensation for our clients.
  • We represent all premises liability victims on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not have to pay us anything, unless we win your case.

Determining Your Status on a Property

It is important to note that your legal status on a property will determine the owner’s level of liability when you suffer an injury. 

Invitees

An individual who has the owner’s consent to be on a property, typically for a business transaction. For example, a customer at a restaurant or retail establishment. Invitees are owed the highest duty of care under the law. Reasonable steps must be taken by the owner to maintain the grounds, inspect for hidden dangers, and warn of any potential hazards. 

Licensees

Those who are allowed on another’s property with the owner’s actual or implied permission. Licensees are typically family members, friends, or someone who needs to inspect the property, such as a meter reader. The property owner’s duty of care towards licensees is lower. However, they must still correct any known safety issues and warn of potentially dangerous conditions on the premises. 

Trespassers

A person who unlawfully enters a property or remains on it after being asked to leave. Property owners typically do not owe a duty of reasonable care to trespassers. Unless it is a minor child who was curious or wandered onto the grounds. 

Proving Negligence

Premises liability cases hinge on the concept of negligence. Accidents do happen, but there are certain types of dangers that a reasonable person should be aware of. To prove negligence on behalf of the owner, the following elements must be present: 

  • Duty: the owner owed you a duty of care to keep the premises reasonably safe, as your legal status on the property was either as an invitee or licensee. 
  • Breach: the property owner knew of an existing hazard, or should have known, and did not attempt to fix the issue or warn visitors. 
  • Causation: the hazard on the property was the direct cause of your injury. 
  • Damages: you suffered actual losses as a result of the injury.  

The key to a successful premises liability claim lies in prompt investigations. Our lawyers will act swiftly to ensure vital evidence that uncovers the reckless or negligent actions of a property owner is preserved.  

Damages in Premises Liability Cases

The potential damages that may be recovered in an Austin premises liability claim include:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Lost wages (past and future as well as impaired earning capacity)
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering (physical and emotional)
  • Mental anguish
  • Punitive damages (if the at-fault party’s conduct was malicious)

Under Texas law, if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for an injury accident, you are  barred from receiving any amount of compensation. If you are 50 percent or less at fault, you can still pursue damages. Your award, however, will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.

Contact an Austin Premises Liability Lawyer

Premises liability cases can be especially complex depending on the circumstances of the injury. If you or someone you love has been hurt on another party’s property, please call us today at (512) 888-7777 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and learn your legal options.