Premises liability is an area of personal injury law that protects victims who suffer preventable injuries wile on another’s property. Under Texas law, premises owners have a legal obligation to take reasonable measuring in ensuring their property is free from potential hazards that pose the risk of harm to visitors and guests. When they fail to address a danger they knew about, or should have known about, they can be held accountable for failing to uphold their legal duty and liable for the damages victims suffer as a result.
Stern Law Group has extensive experience advocating for victims who have suffered preventable injuries and damages as a result of unsafe conditions on someone’s premises. Having helped more than 40,000 clients throughout Texas, we know that premises liability claims can range in the types of accidents that occur and the types of parties involved. Whether you or someone you love was harmed at a grocery store, an amusement parks, or a residential home, you may have the right to pursue compensation if all elements of a premises liability claim are met. Our team is readily available to review your case and determine how we can help.
While a personalized case review with our legal team is the best way to determine if you have a potential premises liability claim, our Houston personal injury lawyers wanted to provide a few examples of common premises liability cases to help you gain a better understanding of the elements these types of cases can involve.
- Slip and Fall Accidents – Slip and fall accidents are a common example of premises liability claims. Generally, a premises owner that fails to address potential hazards that pose risks of slips or falls – such as exposed cords or wires, excessive clutter, puddles, ice, open holes, etc. – can be held liable for damages victims suffer as a result of slipping, tripping, or falling on these hazards. This is especially true when it can be demonstrated that premises owners knew of these potential slip and fall hazards, or should have known about them, yet chose not to address or repair them in a reasonable manner, if at all. Slip and fall accidents can result in a number of serious injuries to victims, which is why pursuing a claim for compensation becomes critically important.
- Drowning Accidents – Accidents involving drowning and near-drowning can have tragic, life-altering consequences for victims and families. When drowning accidents occur on another’s property, such as a homeowner’s pool, a housing complex pool, a public pool, or water park, victims and families may have the opportunity to pursue financial compensation when it can be demonstrated that the homeowner failed in some way to address potential risks and drowning dangers. These risks may include a lack of supervision, negligent supervision, failures to provide safety equipment, failures to warn, and more.
- Third Party Assaults – Some establishments pose risks to visitors and guests of being involved in third party assaults. Bars, nightclubs, concert halls, and other similar venues that fail to address assault risks can be held liable if victims suffer harm in altercations that could and should have been prevented. Commonly, these types of premises liability claims involve a lack of security and negligent security, especially if an establishment has had assaults occur in the past or are located in areas known for crime.
- Dog Bites – Dog bites may fall under premises liability when visitors, guests, passerby, and even invitees (such as mail or delivery workers) suffer injuries in attacks by a property owner’s dog. This is especially true if an owner knew their dog was aggressive, had past attacks, or failed in some way to control or stop their dog from attacking a victim. Texas has unique laws in place when it comes to dog bites, and our legal team can help you navigate the process involved in order to fight for the compensation you deserve.
- Electrocution – Electrocution and accidents involving electric shock can be incredibly dangerous for victims, posing risks of burns, serious injuries, and even death. This is why property owners have a responsibility to ensure their premises are free from potential electrocution hazards, such as exposed wiring, defective equipment, and even dangerous conditions involving utility and electric lines that may have been improperly installed, maintained or operated.
- Toxic Exposure – Victims who suffer preventable injuries or illnesses as a result of being exposed to dangerous or toxic substances may have the ability to recover their damages if they can demonstrate that a premises owner knew about the toxic conditions, yet failed to address or repair them. Toxic exposure can occur in a number of ways. Aside from common cases involving large companies that expose workers or nearby residents to harmful substances during accidents, toxic exposure can also occur at hotels, boarding houses, and other similar businesses that have toxic mold. Other examples include exposure to lead, asbestos, carbon dioxide, and known carcinogens on the property of an owner who failed to address the dangers involved.
Premises liability claims may seem straightforward, but there are a number of legal elements that must be established in order for victims to have a successful chance of securing full and fair compensation. By conducting thorough investigations into an incident, highlighting the failures of premises owners to meet their legal duty, and illustrating how their failures resulted in harm to victims, our legal team at Stern Law Group helps put clients in position to build an effective claim and secure a positive resolution.
If you have questions about an accident and injury that occurred on another’s premises, Stern Law Group encourages you to reach out to our team for a FREE and confidential consultation. Our attorneys can help you learn more about your legal rights and whether you have grounds to file a lawsuit for compensation. We are available 24/7 to take your call, so contact us today.