Have you been injured while on someone else's property? By law, property owners are required to maintain a safe environment for guests, so that visitors are not injured while on their property. This means that they have to upkeep the premises and eliminate any and all potential hazards. If someone is injured on a land owner's property, the owner could be held liable for any damages. Premises liability is an intricate area of law that deals with property owner responsibility in the event of personal injury while on the premises. If you were injured on someone else's property, speak with a Fort Worth personal injury attorney from our firm as soon as possible.
As a property owner there are certain things that must be maintained and up kept on the property to keep the premises safe and hazard free. The most common danger risks include:
If your injury was directly caused by lack of security or lighting, or you slipped and fell on a wet floor, then the property owner may be held accountable for any injuries that you sustain. The reason that you are on the property could have an impact on your claim; however, you can be categorized as an invitee, a licensee or a trespasser. If you were invited to enter the property, then you would be referred to as an invitee- this is true for shoppers who enter into department stores. Invitees should be given the highest duty of care is they are injured while on the premises. To be considered a licensee, it means that you entered the property for non-business purposes. Licensees are typically guests at a social gathering at someone's residence. The lowest duty of care goes to trespassers. This means that you entered the premises knowing the risks and potential dangers. If the property owner was aware that you were on the property, then they still may have some duty to pay.
The tricky part with premises liability cases, is proving negligence on the part of the property owner. In order to recover compensation, you must be able to show the following:
If the property owner was aware of the hazard and did nothing to remove it or did not put up the proper signage to warn visitors, then there is definite proof of negligence. If you would like to learn more about proving property owner negligence, consult with a Fort Worth personal injury attorney from our firm today.
Here at Coontz Cochran, we have been protecting the rights of Texas injury victims since 1990. Our attorneys are Board Certified in personal injury law and AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. We handle a wide range of personal injury claims including automobile accidents, construction accidents, catastrophic accidents, even wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another, we can help maximize your injury claim and go after the full amount of compensation that you deserve. When injuries occur on other people's property, we can help you prove property owner negligence and hold them accountable for any damages. Our firm offers a free case evaluation to all prospective clients, so you can sit and discuss your case without any financial obligation on your part.
Contact Coontz Cochran and consult a Fort Worth personal injury attorney today to schedule your free consultation!