Slip & Fall Accident Claims
Property owners and managers are responsible for keeping interior hallways, outdoor sidewalks, and other areas safe for foot traffic. If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident because of negligent maintenance of a property, our Dallas attorneys can build a strong premises liability claim on your behalf.
Falls can result in a serious injury that requires expensive medical care and robs you of the opportunity to make a living while you recover. Please call the Turley Law Firm today at (214) 691-4025 to discuss your slip and fall accident case for free with one of our compassionate Dallas attorneys.
What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents represent a large proportion of dangerous premises claims. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, these accidents account for more than 8 million emergency room visits every year.
The term “slip and fall” might bring to mind an icy sidewalk in the middle of winter – an unlikely sight in Dallas and many other parts of Texas. However, any type of tripping or slipping hazard can make a property dangerous, including:
- Spilled water or other liquids
- Cracked or uneven pavement
- Poorly maintained flights of stairs and unstable hand railings
- Bunched up carpet and rugs
- Objects blocking or congesting a walkway
- Inadequate lighting
The owner of a property can also be held liable in a slip and fall claim for failing to post warnings about a potential hazard, such as not putting up a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign after a spill. Improper security can also result in an accident if an unsafe area isn’t roped off from the public.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Falls can happen on virtually any type of property, from a private residence to a commercial building. The Turley Law Firm has helped clients injured on a variety of dangerous premises recover compensation for injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Back and neck trauma
- Damage to joints, ligaments, and other soft tissue
- Head injury
- Cuts and bruises
Whether your injuries were life-altering or not, our Dallas attorneys will pursue the maximum amount of compensation in your slip and fall case. You might be entitled to recover medical expenses, lost paychecks from time you missed work, and other damages.
Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall Case
Slip and fall claims are highly complex, and it can often be difficult to prove fault. In order to achieve a successful outcome to your case, you must be able to demonstrate one of the following:
- The property owner created the dangerous condition resulting in your slip and fall accident
- The property owner was aware of the dangerous condition and failed to take the necessary steps to fix it
- A reasonable person would have discovered and repaired this hazardous condition, therefore the property owner should have known about the existence of this issue and taken the proper steps to correct it
It’s also important to understand that the state of Texas adheres to the doctrine of comparative negligence. According to this law, your damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to your actions. In addition, you will not be entitled to recover any compensation at all if it’s determined that you are 51% or more at fault for the accident.
For this reason, it’s crucial that you work with an experienced Dallas slip and fall lawyer who knows how state comparative negligence laws impact your case. The attorneys at the Turley Law Firm have handled slip and fall cases for more than 40 years. We can help you demonstrate that the negligent property owner was the primary person at fault for your injuries in order to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.
Please contact the Turley Law Firm using the form on this page or call (214) 691-4025 today to schedule your free slip and fall consultation. We serve clients in the Dallas, Texas area.