Property owners in Austin have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for their visitors. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s hazardous property, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The Austin personal injury lawyers at the Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS can help you fight to ensure they are held accountable. Message us online or call (512) 800-0000 today to schedule a free consultation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average 1 million people slip and fall every year. You may be eligible for compensation for your slip and fall case, but you need to contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer.
Part of premises liability law, slip and fall cases are challenging because you must prove three elements, all of which are critical. These include establishing that your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, directly resulting in your injuries, as well as financial losses. Although this may seem straightforward, it can be quite challenging to collect evidence that demonstrates the property owner knew or should have known about the danger and was therefore negligent. Property owners are likely to argue that you had some or all of the fault in your accident and that you are responsible for your injuries, which can ultimately reduce your compensation.
Taking on your slip and fall claim by yourself can make this already uphill battle even harder. A lawyer working on your behalf can help you with every aspect of your case. They have the resources to gather compelling evidence to establish negligence, negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault property owner’s insurance company, or fight for a favorable verdict in court.
When it comes to slip and fall accidents including multiple parties, local Texas courts follow a comparative negligence fault rule. Every state has different laws and regulations. That is why it is so important to get an attorney that specializes in slip and fall cases in Texas.
Slip and fall claims are commonly related to:
One out of five falls causes severe injuries, including brain injuries, neck and back injuries, broken bones, or sprains and strains. Slip and falls often occur in restaurants, supermarkets, retail stores, hotels, malls, parking lots, sidewalks, office buildings, and other people’s homes. The CDC has also shown that slip and fall accidents can be even more fatal for the elderly.
Slip and fall victims may be entitled to recover the following types of compensation:
Slip and fall cases are rarely straightforward. It will be vital for you to involve an attorney in your case as soon as possible to recover the compensation you deserve.
Clients often ask us what their slip and fall case is worth. The answer is that your claim’s value is determined by a number of factors, including:
In general, regular damages such as lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering are not capped in Texas. In cases where a property owner was especially reckless or negligent, you may be able to sue for punitive damages, but the amount you receive cannot exceed $200,000 or twice the economic damages PLUS the amount of noneconomic damages up to $750,000, whichever is greater.
In Texas, you have up to two years to file a claim for a slip and fall accident. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may have unexpected medical bills, be forced to take days or even months off work, and face other expenses. This can be financially devastating, so you should consult with a slip and fall attorney in Austin as soon as possible.
There are some exceptions to the two-year filing deadline, but the sooner you file your claim, the sooner you can receive the money you need to cover your medical costs and maintain financial security while you recover.
There are special rules that apply if a person slips and falls on a property that belongs to a local, state, or federal government entity. The first is a formal notice requirement, meaning that you must file a notice of injury with the appropriate governmental entity before you can proceed with a lawsuit. Depending on which entity is involved, you usually have six months to file your claim, but with some municipalities, the time period is much shorter: for example, in the city of Austin, the time limit is only 45 days.
If you have been injured due to a slip or fall on government property, you should consult a personal injury lawyer who has experience with such cases. Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS, have the track record you are looking for.
If you or someone close to you have suffered serious injuries in a slip and fall accident in Austin, or if you have questions about your legal rights, contact the Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS. We offer free initial consultations, call (512) 800-0000 today.