Steps to Take After a Premises Liability Accident in Dallas
Many of the qualities that make Dallas, Texas, a fun place to live also raise the potential for accidents to happen on other peoples' property. If you're involved in a premises liability accident, it's essential to know the steps to take to protect your rights and pursue recovery. Consulting an attorney with expertise in premises liability accident recovery in Dallas will ensure you're on the right path to getting the help you deserve.Understanding Premises Liability Accidents in Texas
Premises liability accidents encompass a wide range of incidents due to dangerous conditions on someone else's property.
These accidents fall into three main classifications depending on why the visitor was there:
- Invitees have explicit or implied permission to be on the property, such as customers in a store or event attendees. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care and must maintain the premises to ensure their safety.
- Licensees, such as social guests or mail carriers, enter the property with the owner's permission and knowledge. Property owners have a duty to warn licensees of any known dangers.
- Trespassers enter the property without permission. Property owners generally owe trespassers the lowest duty of care. Still, there are exceptions, such as known dangers or child trespassers.
Premises liability accidents can take various forms, but some of the most common types include:
- Slip and fall accidents: the most prevalent category nationwide, especially for older adults, and often cause the most severe and long-lasting injuries.
- Dog bites: An unfortunately common occurrence in Texas, which came in second in the nation for dog attacks reported by the USPS.
- Swimming pool accidents: Drowning or injuries caused by poorly maintained pools or lack of supervision. Dallas comes in tenth in the nation for cities with the highest percentages of residential pool owners.
- Accidents due to hazards on the property that have not been maintained or components of the property that are not up to code.
To succeed in a premises liability claim in Texas, the injured person typically needs to prove the following elements:
- A hazardous condition existed on the premises, posing an unreasonable risk.
- The property owner possessed knowledge of this risk, whether through direct awareness or implied understanding.
- Despite being aware, the owner neglected to take appropriate measures to address or minimize the risk.
- Your injury occurred as a direct consequence of this hazardous condition.
- Seek immediate medical attention after a premises liability accident and document all medical records and bills.
- Report the incident to the property owner or management, request an incident report, and keep a copy for your records.
- Document the scene by taking photos or videos of the accident site that include hazards, unsafe conditions, and any visible injuries.
- Collect witness information from those that can corroborate your account of the accident.
- Preserve all evidence related to the accident, including clothing, any documents received, damaged items, and any potential hazards.
- Contact the personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will assist you every step of the way, including best practices for documenting premises liability accidents in Dallas Texas, to ensure you have the strongest case.
At Carabin Shaw, we understand that it may be hard to know what to do after a premises liability accident in Dallas. That’s why we offer free case reviews where one of our lawyers will guide you through the process.
To get started, call toll-free 800-862-1260. We have both English and Spanish-speaking staff available to assist you 24/7. We offer our services on a contingency-fee basis, which means clients only pay if there’s a favorable result in the case. Read Carabin Shaw's client reviews to see how we've helped others in similar situations. Remember, you're not alone, and we're here to help you navigate the legal process and seek the compensation you deserve.
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