Winter is approaching quickly, bringing an increased likelihood for inclement weather. Though Texas is not exactly known for ski resorts or record snowfalls, snow, freezing rain, hail and other precipitation can warrant the need for extra caution. When people think of premises liability claims related to a slip-and-fall accidents, they may not realize that many claims are not weather-related at all.
When people fall or trip, they may feel pressure to say they were simply being clumsy, distracted, or took a bad step, placing blame upon themselves. When victims suffer this sort of injury, they need to know that if it was not their fault, they should never make any sort of statement accepting blame for their own injury. Instead, an injured victim can look for evidence to show that the injury is a matter of careless or negligent behavior on the part of an owner or proprietor.
Wet floors can certainly cause this type of injury, but the list is much longer. Some examples include broken, crooked or slippery stairs; uneven flooring; an obstacle that is difficult to see; or a known danger that is not blocked off or accompanied by an appropriate warning sign. Even if a victim is able to stand up and does not appear to have a broken bone or head injury, it is best to seek immediate medical attention. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and a medical professional can provide documentation about a victim’s injuries in case the victim decides that legal action is necessary.
When a victim is ready to pursue a premises liability claim in civil court, it may be wise to consider getting a bit of professional help with the legal process. A knowledgeable Texas attorney can help a client present the case in court, and make sure a property owner does not try to bully an injured person into accepting blame for an injury that is actually the fault of the owner. Successful cases often result in a monetary judgment awarded to the victim. This outcome can relieve stress by helping to cover medical bills, loss of wages due to inability to work, and ease physical and mental pain and suffering by helping a victim access all the proper care that is needed.