Premises Liability Vs. Personal Liability - Laredo Injury Lawyers
After suffering a Laredo Tx accident, victims likely want to learn more about their options for compensation. As accident victims search for information, however, they are likely to be confronted with a slew of legal terms that may be unclear or misunderstood. Two of these terms are “premises liability” and “personal liability.”
Understanding the complexities of legal liability often requires the guidance of a qualified injury attorney. The following guide may prove helpful in addressing initial questions, but to learn more about your specific claim, it is important to schedule a legal consultation.What Is “Liability”?
In legal terms, “liability” is the degree of the defendant’s responsibility in causing the injuries of the plaintiff (i.e. the victim). In the state of Texas, if a defendant is found to be liable, they could be held financially responsible for the victim’s physical, financial, and emotional losses.
In order to be found liable, it must be proven that the defendant:
- Owed the plaintiff a duty of care;
- Failed to uphold this duty through negligence or wrongful act;
- The victim’s injuries were caused by this negligence/wrongful act.
Once the plaintiff is determined liable, they will be required to pay for their victim’s economic and non-economic losses. The degree of this payout, however, likely depends on the negotiation skills of your personal or premises liability attorney in Laredo. Therefore, it is crucial that you hire an attorney with the right specialty practice areas for your claim.Texas Premises Liability
If your injuries occured because of hazards on someone else’s property, then you would file a premises liability lawsuit. In order for a property owner to be held responsible in a premises liability lawsuit, it must be proven that the owner had prior knowledge of dangerous conditions on their property and did not move to correct them in a reasonable time.
Defendants in a premises liability lawsuit could be owners of:
- Grocery stores
- Amusement parks
- Dog parks
- Childcare centers
- Public pools
- Retail stores
Once the liable party has been established, your Laredo injury lawyer will need to learn more about the details and causes of your accident.
Premises liability accidents are often caused by:
- Broken elevators
- Uneven stairs
- Obstructed walkways
- Slippery surfaces
- Inadequate security
- Poor lighting
- Exposed wiring
- Lack of clear signage
In a premises liability lawsuit, the main thing to remember is that your injuries were caused by the property owner’s negligence. Establishing this negligence is key to receiving fair compensation for your losses.Texas Personal Liability
In a premises liability lawsuit, a property owner is indirectly responsible for the victim’s injuries. However, in a personal liability lawsuit, the defendant is personally responsible for the accident/cause of the plaintiff’s losses. The key difference is that, in a personal liability lawsuit, the actions of a person/entity were at fault.
Who are the most common defendants in Laredo personal injury lawsuits? In the past, Carabin Shaw injury attorneys have sued the following persons/entities for our clients’ damages:
- Civilian drivers
- Commercial drivers
- Physical/sexual assaulters
- Childcare providers
- Medical professionals
- Product manufacturers
If an individual’s actions were the cause of your injuries, you deserve fair compensation. Contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible to explore the extent of your options.Have Questions About Liability? Call the Laredo Attorneys at Carabin Shaw
Are you unsure whether you should file a premises liability or personal liability claim? The personal injury attorneys of Carabin Shaw can help clarify the details of your claim during your free initial consultation.
To schedule your no-cost, no-obligation case review, give our 24/7 English and Spanish-speaking staff a call toll-free at 800-862-1260. If you would like to learn more about our history of representing Laredo personal and premises liability claims, see Carabin Shaw’s client reviews.