What Is a Premises Liability Lawsuit
If you were injured on a San Antonio business, home, hotel, amusement park, construction site, or other premises, you may be eligible to file a premises liability lawsuit. Many victims may not know they have this right or may be unfamiliar with the term “premises liability.” In fact, you may be asking: what is a premises liability lawsuit?What Does “Premises Liability” Mean?
“Premise liability” is a legal concept of liability for injuries caused by dangerous conditions on someone’s property. Texas law stipulates that if a property owner is going to invite visitors or guests to their premises (either explicitly or implicitly, i.e. opening a business to the public), they must ensure that the premises are safe or that visitors are clearly aware of potentially hazardous conditions. Failure to do so means that the property owner or business proprietor can be held legally and financially responsible for any injuries resulting from their negligence.What Are Examples of Common Premises Liability Lawsuits?
Broadly, any accident that meets the above definition is considered grounds for a premises liability lawsuit. However, in practice, premises liability lawsuits are generally categorized by a few common types of accidents. For example, common premise liability accidents include:
- Waterpark injuries (slippery sidewalks, improperly maintained water slides or pools, faulty diving boards or other equipment)
- Fire injuries caused by landlord negligence (failure to properly install functioning fire detectors, for example)
- Dog bite injuries (caused by owner’s failure to properly restrain dogs with a previous history of aggression)
- Slip and fall accidents (caused by uneven floors, broken steps, obstructed walkways, etc.)
- Construction site accidents (for example, negligence on the part of employees or the company to properly mark off construction zones from pedestrian walkways)
- Inadequate security accidents (accidents caused by a property owner’s failure to install proper lighting, cameras, or security guards in areas like parking garages)
Do none of these categories accurately describe the accident you suffered on San Antonio premises? As long as your accident was caused by the negligence of a property owner, you should still contact a qualified San Antonio personal injury attorney to learn about the extent of your options.What Can I Claim in My Premises Liability Lawsuit?
A premises liability claim is a type of personal injury lawsuit. In the state of Texas, accident victims are eligible to claim two types of damages: economic and non-economic. If you were injured on a premises in San Antonio, examples of potential economic damages may include:
- Cost of emergency medical treatment
- Cost of surgeries, medications, etc.
- Loss of wage-earning abilities
While financial losses are often the most tangible, non-economic losses after a premises liability accident may have longer-lasting effects. Non-economic losses could include:
- Painful injuries
- Disfiguring scarring
- Permanent nerve damage
- Cognitive impairment
- Loss of quality of life
If you are not sure what to claim in your premises liability lawsuit, consulting with a qualified attorney can help.Free Case Review With the Texas Accident Attorneys at Carabin Shaw
One of the first and most important steps you can take in the aftermath of a premises liability accident is hiring quality representation for your claim. With three decades of experience in Texas personal injury law and a dedication to representing the best interests of San Antonio accident victims, the firm of Carabin Shaw is qualified to represent your premises liability claim. As seen in Carabin Shaw’s client reviews, our injury lawyers have successfully represented thousands of accident victims just like you.
One of the services our attorneys offer to San Antonio accident victims is a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation. During your consultation, one of our attorneys will evaluate your claim and give you an idea of what to expect throughout the settlement process. To schedule your free case review with a Carabin Shaw premises liability attorney in San Antonio, call our English and Spanish-speaking staff toll-free at 800-862-1260.