Austin Slip and Fall Attorneys - Who Can Be Held Liable?
Slip and fall accidents may seem easy to make light of, but they are some of the most common personal injuries that an individual can experience. This is no less true in Austin, a city which is constantly expanding, seeing new shopping centers, restaurants, and other private and public spaces while sidewalks and other public walkways see poor maintenance. Austin slip and fall attorneys have seen, time and again, the incredible damages that can be sustained by a victim after a slip and fall accident.
If you have been the victim of an Austin slip and fall, then you deserve the full support and guidance of the top personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw.Causes and Damages of an Austin Slip and Fall
Any number of factors can contribute to a slip and fall accident in Austin. Unexpected inclement weather conditions can make already dangerous surfaces even more threatening. The winter storms that hit Austin, fluctuating from rainfall to icy surfaces in less than 24-hours, are only one such example.
Failure to remove such dangerous surfaces, alongside poorly maintained walkways and other obstructions, results in incredible risks. Namely, this often limits the safe access and maneuverability of guests and visitors to stores, restaurants, offices, and other public and private spaces.
Injury lawyers in Austin see myriad injuries caused by slip and fall accidents, but some of the most common are
- Blunt force trauma to the head (such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries)
- Broken arms, legs, wrists, and hips
- Damage to the spine (sometimes resulting in paralysis)
- Shoulder and knee dislocations
- Ankle injuries
Slip and fall liability can be difficult to navigate alone, which is why expert lawyers at Carabin Shaw are ready to support you throughout every step of filing your claim. As with any personal injury case, establishing liability entails roving that the at-fault party’s negligence was the primary cause of your injury. This means that, under premises liability law, various individuals can be held liable depending on your accident and your relationship to the property owner as a visitor.Invitee
You are an invitee on a property if you had the landowners implied or express permission for mutual benefit. This includes stores, malls, water parks, and other places of business where walkway hazards may be common. It is the duty of a property owner to not only make potential threats known to guests, and to address those dangers, but also to regularly inspect for potential risks to guests. If you're an invitee, the property owner is most commonly liable for your injuries.Licensee
You are a licensee if you are on a property for your own benefit, as a guest, door-to-door salesperson, or other similar position. A property owner is not required to inspect for threats, but is required to make known any existing dangers.
The difference between a licensee and invitee may seem complex, but Texas personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw will help you to determine who is liable for your damages.Trespasser
As a rule, there is no implied promise that a property owner owes safety to a trespasser. However, there are exceptions to this, namely if the trespasser is a child.
Determining who is at-fault for your accident is difficult alone, but our experts are ready to support you from the moment of your accident to the moment you receive compensation. Our free case review and initial consultation guarantees that the process of filing your claim starts easy.Schedule Your Case Review at No-Cost
Carabin Shaw’s client reviews are evidence of the quality service that we provide. In order to schedule your free case review, call our toll-free number 800-862-1260, where our English and Spanish-speaking staff are ready to speak with you 24/7.
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