When someone slips and falls on a puddle outside of a store or trips and falls on a stairwell that has no handrail, we may be tempted to call these events accidents. In actuality, most of these events are the result of a negligent property owner failing to address hazardous conditions on their premises. Property and business owners have a duty to keep their grounds safe for visitors. When property owners fail to carefully maintain their premises, and you’re injured as a result, you have a right to seek compensation for your expenses and losses.
If you’ve suffered harm while on someone else’s property, turn to the Houston premises liability lawyers of Pines & Goldenzwieg, PLLC. Our legal team has decades of combined experience helping injured accident victims pursue financial recovery and accountability from those responsible for their injuries. As a full-service personal injury law firm, our focus is always on our clients’ needs. We work to get you the medical treatment you need for your injuries and the assistance you need to begin repairing your life.
Contact us today to speak to a Houston premises liability attorney for free. When you choose our firm to represent you in your Houston premises liability claim, you pay no upfront fees. In fact, we only get paid if we recover money for you.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability refers to a type of legal claim arising from an injury caused by an unsafe or defective condition on someone else’s property. In a premises liability case, an injured person claims that the property or business owner was negligent in their ownership and maintenance of the premises and failed to use reasonable care to keep the premises free of dangerous or hazardous conditions.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Premises Liability Claim?
Most importantly, you must establish that the accident and your injuries were caused by the property or business owner’s negligence in failing to reasonably maintain their premises. To do this, you must show that the property or business knew of the defective or hazardous condition, either because they created that condition or they had already discovered or been told about it. For example, a grocery store that installs a leaky frozen foods case creates the hazardous condition of puddles of water that customers may slip on. Or the grocery store may learn of a puddle of liquid when it is discovered by an employee or reported by a customer.
You can also prove premises liability by showing that the property or business owner reasonably should have known about the defective or hazardous condition that injured you. You can prove this by showing that the condition existed long enough that a property owner or operator exercising reasonable diligence would have discovered the condition before you were injured. For example, the grocery store should be conducting regular maintenance checks for hazardous conditions.
Finally, you must prove that the property or business owner failed to take reasonable steps to remedy the condition or warn you of the existence of the condition.
How Can a Houston Premises Liability Attorney Help?
When you’ve been hurt on another person’s or business’s property, a Houston premises liability attorney from Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, can help you by:
- Meeting with you in a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and advise you on your legal right to compensation
- Investigating the facts and circumstances of the accident or incident that injured you to recover all available evidence, including accident/incident reports, scene photos, witness statements, or surveillance footage
- Reviewing the evidence, in collaboration with experts in fields such as accident reconstruction, engineering, or security, as necessary, to determine how the accident or incident occurred and to identify the responsible parties
- Helping you find the right medical treatment for your recovery, along with any other necessary assistance to help mitigate the impact your injuries have on your life
- Confirming all available sources of compensation, such as insurance coverages held by the property or business owner and filing claims on your behalf
- Aggressively negotiating with the insurance company representatives for a fair and full settlement
- Fully preparing your case to go to trial, if it becomes necessary, to ensure that the other side understands the strength of your claim
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we understand how much of a burden an injury can place on you. That’s why, with our firm, you never owe any upfront fees for our advice or our services. We only get paid if and when we win compensation in your case.