Houston Trip and Fall Accident Lawyer
Trip and Fall Accidents in Texas
Trip and fall accidents are subject to the same rules as slip and fall accidents when it comes to determining liability. A property owner or person in control of property can be liable for injury to a visitor upon the property depending upon the visitors status as an invitee (social guests and store customers), licensee (uninvited guest or person there for mutual benefit of both), or trespasser. For more information on these individual statuses, please visit the slip and fall page.
Proving Liability in Trip and Fall Cases for Invitees
An invitee is owed a duty the make the premises reasonably safe. In order to prove liability, the invitee’s trip and fall lawyer must prove that:
- There existed and unreasonably dangerous condition upon the property;
- The property owner (or person in control) knew or should have known of the unreasonably dangerous condition upon reasonable inspection;
- The property owner both failed to remedy the dangerous condition and failed to warn the person who was injured, and;
- The unreasonably dangerous condition proximately caused the injuries.
Examples of Causes of Trip and Fall Accidents
Trip and fall accidents occur in all types of settings from homes, to the work place to retail stores. The reality is that most of them occur because of someone’s forgetfulness or thoughtlessness. Sometimes they are simply a result of poor planning and inspection. Some examples of trip and falls we have handled are:
- A supermarket stocker leaves a pallet cart behind customers while unloading or restocking.
- A sales person leaves a store display with a low base sticking out into an isle.
- A business fails to clearly mark a step-off in a sidewalk where the elevation change is obcured by the matching color of the concrete.
- A business owner fails to adequately light steps in an entry way.
- A contractor leaves low stacked wood or tools in a heavily-traveled work area.
No matter what the cause, if you were injured as a result of a trip and fall, call Simmons and Fletcher to determine your rights. Our initial consult is free of charge. We will discuss the case with you and help you understand your legal options. If we take on the case, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we front the expenses and you don’t pay us a dime for fees or expenses unless we make a recovery for you.