Serious Injuries from a Slip and Fall Accident in Houston
If you have suffered serious injuries from a slip and fall accident in Houston, you are not alone. Millions of people every year are injured in this type of accident, with thousands of those injuries turning out to be fatal.
A settlement could help you cover the financial costs of your accident, including medical bills and lost wages, and account for the non-economic pain and suffering that you’ve had to endure as a result. However, the process of pursuing a claim can seem difficult and confusing, and you might not be confident that it will be successful.
Fortunately, you have access to quality and affordable legal aid. The Texas accident attorneys at Carabin Shaw have decades of experience helping clients receive settlements from slip and fall accidents. Our lawyers offer contingency agreements, meaning that they will only accept payment if your settlement is successful. To learn more about our firm, call 800-862-1260 to schedule a free initial consultation and case review. English- and Spanish-speaking staff are available to take your calls 24/7.Can I Sue After a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents are covered by premises liability law, which determines whether or not a property owner is responsible for an injury incurred on their property. For your claim to be successful, you will have to show that your injuries were the result of negligence on the part of a property owner. An owner’s negligence can lead to slip and fall accidents in many ways, including:
- Failure on the part of a retail manager to put out wet floor signs
- Dim or broken lighting, making it difficult to see tripping hazards
- Leaving excessive and dangerous clutter on the floor
- Leaving excessive potholes and divots in a privately-owned driveway
- Poorly-installed handrails in a staircase, or lack of handrails entirely
If you believe that your fall could have been avoided through more careful property management, speak to a slip and fall accident attorney in Houston about the potential of an injury claim.Is There Anything That Can Hurt My Claim?
The state of Texas considers comparative negligence a factor in premises liability lawsuits. This means that both you and the property owner could be considered partially responsible for your injuries, lessening the amount of your settlement.
Comparative negligence may come into play if, for example, you fell and injured yourself on an unmarked wet floor while intoxicated. The owner’s lack of caution around marking the wet floor contributed to your injury, but so did your own intoxication. If you are found to be 10% at fault, your settlement will be reduced by 10%.
As long as you are found to be 49% negligent or less, you can still recover damages. However, if you were trespassing, disobeying posted rules at an establishment, or acting in flagrant disregard to your own safety, then you may not receive any settlement.
The defendant and their insurer are likely to take advantage of comparative negligence to lessen your settlement. Therefore, it is important to have a Houston personal injury lawyer with experience in premises liability law to argue for the compensation that you deserve.Schedule Your Free Case Review with Carabin Shaw Law Firm
If you have further questions about the process of filing a slip and fall claim, contact Carabin Shaw at 800-862-1260 to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys. In this meeting, you can get an idea of what to expect from the legal process and whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. Carabin Shaw’s client reviews show our legal team’s record of success, and our contingency agreements offer you an easy way to get the assistance that your claim needs.