Protecting Victims of Unsafe Premises

When you enter someone else's property, you rightfully expect that it will be reasonably free of hazards that could be detrimental to your well-being. Whether you step foot on a neighbor's front step or inside a grocery store, you assume that it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

When property owners in Texas fail to maintain their premises in a way that reasonably ensures the safety of those who come and go, they open themselves up to liability. At Sutton Milam & Fanning, PLLC, in Waco, our experienced lawyers represent victims who were injured because of someone else's unsafe property.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability means that property owners have a duty to maintain reasonably safe premises. If they do not, they may be held responsible.

For example, if you slipped and fell on spilled milk in the grocery store, the store could be held liable. The same could be true if your neighbor's dog bit you. Common types of premises liability include:

  • Slip-and-falls
  • Dog bites
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Defective conditions
  • Poor lighting
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Elevator and escalator accidents

When Is a Property Owner Liable for Your Injuries?

Being injured on someone else's property does not automatically mean you have a strong premises liability case. There are times in which owners or tenants may not be considered responsible, such as if you were engaging in an activity that was dangerous in itself.

There are three main components of a strong premises liability case:

  1. The property owner was legally obligated to ensure their premises were reasonably safe
  2. The property owner breached that duty of care by failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the property was safe.
  3. The injuries the visitor sustained were caused by that breach of duty.

What Damages Can You Recover After an Accident?

A premises liability accident can create a lot of hardship for an individual and their family. Serious injuries can lead to costly medical bills, time missed from work and even permanent disability. Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to seek compensation for present and future medical expenses, lost wages and others.

Arrange a Free Consultation Today

Our premises liability attorneys understand the difficult situation you are in, and they are prepared to help you through it. To schedule a free consultation, please call our office at 254-633-3048 or contact us online.