Filing a slip-and-fall claim in Texas

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2022 | Premises Liability

Property owners in Texas have a responsibility to business invitees and other lawful guests to reasonably maintain their property in a safe condition. These steps may include, but are not limited to:

  • Frequently inspecting premises for dangerous conditions.
  • Installing proper lighting and security features.
  • Cleaning up spills/debris in a timely manner.
  • Performing repairs in a timely manner.
  • Warning guests of dangerous conditions.

Owners who do not properly maintain their properties may be held liable for slip-and-fall accidents that occur on the premises. If you have suffered injuries in a Texas slip-and-fall accident, you may file a premises liability lawsuit within 2 years of your accident to recover compensation for your injuries and damages.

To file a successful premises liability claim against a property owner, you must prove:

  • You were lawfully on the premises at the time of the accident (not trespassing).
  • There was a dangerous condition on the premises (e.g., wet floors or broken shelves).
  • The owner knew of or should have known of the dangerous condition.
  • Your accident was caused by the dangerous condition.
  • You suffered injuries because of the accident.

The property owner will likely defend themselves against your claims by alleging that your accident was caused by your own negligence (e.g., failure to pay attention to your surroundings). However, in Texas, you can still recover damages even if you are found partially responsible for your own accident. Your award in damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you.

Witness testimony, photos and videos of the scene, store accident reports, and other evidence can be used to prove your claim. A personal injury attorney can help you build your case by collecting and presenting the necessary evidence.