How our slip and fall lawyers in Houston will help you
UNDERSTANDING THE SLIP AND FALL LAWSUIT PROCESS
With our extensive experience helping thousands of injured people, we know that sudden and unexpected falls are frightening and confusing. Most people aren’t familiar with the legal system, so don’t understand what options they have to get help. All they know is that one minute they were going about their business and in the next, they suffered a painful injury.
We want you to know you can turn to our law firm with your questions and legal concerns. Our compassionate slip and fall lawyers in Houston have in-depth insight into the claims process. After we meet with you and accept your case, we’ll gather all the information needed to file a claim and establish fault (also referred to as “liability”). We’ll collect and review evidence, contact witnesses, and conduct investigations to determine the causes of your injury and who was responsible. As part of the process, we’ll examine all of the damages you’ve suffered to determine how much money you are owed for your injuries. Then we’ll pursue payment from the at-fault property owner and their insurance company.
Most slip and fall cases are resolved through negotiated settlements with insurance companies. You and your attorney will work together to determine whether the other side’s offer meets your needs. If you are happy with the offered amount, the settlement details can be finalized and you will receive payment.
However, If the other side denies responsibility or offers you a settlement that isn’t enough, the case may go to trial. In a trial, both sides make their case in front of a judge and jury, who will determine fault. If the jury decides in your favor, they will then determine how much you are owed in damages.
As experienced slip and fall accident lawyers, we know that the only way to approach one of these cases is to prepare it as if it is going to trial. This ensures that your case is ready for any situation. It also lets the other side know that we won’t be easily turned away by a small settlement offer. We let them know immediately that they should take you seriously, and we fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
If you’re ready to speak to slip and fall lawyers who will fight for you and your loved ones, call the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant at (713) 973-8888 or simply fill out our convenient online form to schedule a free slip and fall case assessment.
Compensation in slip and fall accident cases
How much you could get is based upon the damages you have suffered
Here are types of damages that may be included in your slip and fall lawsuit:
Medical bills – This includes all current and future medical expenses due to your accident. From doctor visits to hospitalization, surgery, ambulatory care, ongoing treatment, physical therapy, medications, and more.
Lost income – If you’ve missed time at work because of your injury, then we will include lost income in your claim. Lost income doesn’t only include wages directly lost from days missed at work, it also factors in how injuries impact income in the weeks, months, and years to come.
Pain and suffering – Unlike expenses such as medical bills and lost income, pain and suffering is more difficult to put a dollar amount on. Pain and suffering includes things such as the emotional trauma and chronic physical discomfort you may now experience because of the accident. Our slip and fall attorney can work with you to determine the costs of your suffering.
These are some examples of the damages you might recover when you’re injured in a slip and fall. We’ll will help you review all the costs you face, so you can be sure you demand payment that reflects all you’ve lost.
Wrongful death damages in a slip and fall accident
Sadly, sometimes people are killed in dangerous slip and fall accidents. If you lost a spouse, child, or parent in a slip and fall accident caused by negligence, we will work to get you compensation for the devastating loss of your loved one. You could possibly get damages that include medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost wages, lost inheritance, loss of love and support, and others.
You are never just a number when you work with our law firm.
We know you have choices for slip and fall lawyers in Houston. We want you to know why clients choose us:
- We believe in what we do. We don’t view our clients as just case numbers. When we take your case, we make it our own. We strongly believe in the power of the law to get justice for people seriously injured through no fault of their own. We will fight for you.
- Our service proves that we care. Speak to our clients and they’ll tell you how invested we are in their cases. Our attorneys take the time to get to truly know clients and their families. We want to fully understand how clients’ slip and fall injuries have changed their daily lives. Because we take our clients’ injuries so seriously, we don’t hesitate to put our full resources behind their injury claims.
- We have the credentials to back up our claims. Firm founder Terry Bryant is a former judge and a Board Certified personal injury attorney in Texas (Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization). He has handpicked his team to make sure that every member has the values, work ethic, and background to align with our mission.
Our results tell the story of the hard work our team has done. Read our client testimonials to learn more about how we treat every person we represent. Contact our slip and fall lawyers in Houston today at (713) 973-8888 to learn how we can help with your case.
Slip and fall lawsuits generally fall into the premises liability category
What exactly is a premises liability claim? A premises liability claim involves an injury suffered on someone’s property, typically because the conditions of the property were considered dangerous. Premises liability law states that property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe.
When a property owner fails to address dangerous conditions and someone suffers an injury on that property, the owner can be held responsible for the costs the injured person is facing. But to be successful in a premises liability case, it must be proven that:
- The property owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition.
- They didn’t fix the danger or provide any warnings about it.
- You slipped and fell and were injured because of it.
The very first step — establishing that a hazardous condition existed in the first place — may prove to be one of the most difficult parts of the case. The property owner may claim that you should have noticed the open and obvious hazard. They may say you shouldn’t have been on that part of the property. Or they may have another excuse for their negligence. Or they may remove the danger after someone gets hurt and pretend that the hazard never existed.
For this reason, it’s important if you believe you have a valid slip and fall claim to consider contacting our reputable slip and fall lawyers in Houston right away. Immediate action will help allow us to try to preserve, document, and evaluate the property’s existing condition.
You can rely on us to gather the needed evidence and work hard toward getting you a beneficial outcome. Call the accident and injury law firm of Terry Bryant at (713) 973-8888 to speak with an experienced slip and fall attorney.
How slip and fall accidents leading to lawsuits happen
NO MATTER HOW YOU FELL, OUR SLIP AND FALL LAWYERS IN HOUSTON ARE HERE FOR YOU
The most common factor in slip and fall accidents is the failure of a property owner or manager to make sure their premises are as safe as possible. When they get it wrong, people can suffer life-long injuries.
A few of the more common causes of slip and fall injuries include:
- Shoppers slipping on wet floors at grocery stores and elsewhere
- People tripping on uneven walkways
- Customers tripping or slipping in parking lots due to potholes or dimly lit walkways
- Someone tumbling down a flight of stairs due to broken steps or handrails
- Construction workers, office employees, and other workers falling over equipment, power cords, and other hazards on the job
- Tenants tripping on cracked floors in the garage of their apartment complex
- Children falling from jungle gyms and other playground equipment
These are just some of the many possible scenarios leading to slip and fall claims.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a slip, trip, or fall due to a property owner’s negligence, you deserve compensation. Contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant to learn more about your legal options. Call us today at (713) 973-8888 to arrange a free consultation.
Where slip and fall accidents happen
Slip and fall accidents happen every day, in nearly every setting imaginable. There are some places though, where they are most likely to occur.
SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS IN THE WORKPLACE
Fall-related injuries are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace. Thousands and thousands of workers miss one or more days of work each year from a slip and fall on the job. Falls can happen in any industry, from an office to a fast food restaurant to a construction zone.
Here are how falls can happen in Texas workplaces:
- Scaffolding collapses in construction zones
- Cluttered hallways in offices
- Ladder-related or step-stool related accidents in warehouses
- Slick surfaces at stores, restaurants, and other workplaces
- Scrunched up floor mats or area rugs in buildings
- Equipment, power cords, and other items in walkways
When workplaces fail to pay attention to slipping, tripping, and falling hazards, they can be held accountable for injuries. In some cases, employees may be able to get workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Depending on the circumstances, they may be able to get compensation through a slip and fall lawsuit. And in some cases, workers can get both.
If you are a worker who was injured in a slip and fall accident, we can review your case to determine what compensation you may be entitled to get.
Slip and Fall Accidents in Stores
Consumers can suffer slip and fall-related injuries in grocery stores, shopping malls, restaurants, or any other brick-and-mortar locations. Slick floors, broken stairs, loose handrails, and poorly lit walkways create serious slip and fall risks for everyone on a business’s premises. Business owners have a duty to make sure their property is as safe as possible. If hazards exist and they invite the public to their business, they can be held liable.
We’ve represented many clients in these types of cases, and we can tell you that businesses often fail to live up to their obligations. When your injury is caused by a business owner’s negligence, you have every right to hold them accountable for the costs you face.
SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
Fall-related injuries also happen on private property. Premises liability law doesn’t apply just to business owners, employers, and public spaces. It also applies to private properties like residences. Slip and fall injuries can happen in apartment complexes, homes, or any other living space. When these injuries result from a dangerous property condition that the owner or supervisor should have addressed, you can take legal action to get compensation for all the expenses you encounter because of your injury.
SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS IN MEDICAL FACILITIES
Medical facilities are another common location where slip and fall accidents regularly occur. Not only do many of these facilities have slick floors, but they are also populated with patients who might be more prone to falling than the general population.
The staffs of hospitals, doctors’ offices, and nursing homes are trained to keep patients as safe as possible. When they fail to clean slick floors or allow a medicated or disabled patient to walk unassisted, they can be held financially responsible for the costs that a patient faces because of a slip and fall accident.
Here in Texas, many of these situations will need to be handled as medical malpractice claims. Our firm’s medical malpractice lawyers have the experience necessary to handle these matters – and speak to the unique deadlines and requirements that apply in this context.
SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS IN PLAYGROUNDS
Every year in the U.S., over 200,000 children age 14 and younger suffer playground-related injuries requiring emergency department treatment, statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show. Many of these injuries are suffered in slip and fall-related accidents.
Most playgrounds have climbing structures on their premises. When children climb on this equipment, they should be monitored by an adult. Many of these injuries happen at daycares or schools, which means that a teacher or other designated caretaker should constantly be watching the children.
CONTACT A HOUSTON SLIP AND FALL LAWYER IF YOU’VE SUFFERED A FALL-RELATED INJURY
These are just some examples of locations where falls are most common, but there are countless more. Swimming pools, cafeterias, manufacturing plants, gyms, airports – risks of slip and fall accidents are literally everywhere we go in our daily lives. We trust the owners and supervisors of these properties to keep their premises safe, but they often fail to live up to their legal duty.
We encourage you to contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant if you or a loved one has suffered a serious fall-related injury. Our slip and fall attorneys in Houston have years of experience holding at-fault parties responsible for the injuries they’ve caused our clients.
Call our law firm today at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000, or simply fill out our online contact form to schedule your free and confidential consultation.
What to do after a slip and fall accident for your well-being and your case
If you have the misfortune of being injured in a slip and fall accident, remember that the actions you take immediately following the event will have a dramatic impact on both your health and your legal claim for compensation.
- SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR YOUR INJURY.
It is vital that you prioritize your health after a slip and fall injury. You might not be fully aware of the extent of the injury, so don’t delay in seeing a doctor. If you file a claim, the doctor’s reports will be important evidence.
- COLLECT EVIDENCE FROM THE SCENE.
Take pictures or video of the accident scene. If you are unable to do this, ask someone nearby to do it. Also, try to get the contact information of any eyewitnesses to the accident.
- INFORM THE BUSINESS’S MANAGER OR OTHER PROPERTY OWNER OF THE HAZARDOUS CONDITION.
This will establish that you suffered an injury at the property. It could also prevent someone else from being injured on the property.
- SPEAK TO AN EXPERIENCED SLIP AND FALL ATTORNEY.
An attorney will be able to get to work immediately on your claim. The sooner you can contact a personal injury lawyer with slip and fall experience, the better.
If you need legal assistance after seeking medical treatment, contact the Houston-based accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant at (713) 973-8888.
Common and debilitating injuries in slip and fall accidents
Though some people might associate slips, trips, and falls with minor injuries, the truth is that these incidents can result in devastating and lifelong injuries and, in some cases, even death.
Some of the most common injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents include:
- Head or brain injuries
- Fractured hips
- Fractured ankles
- Fractured wrists
- Internal injuries or organ damage
- Back or spinal cord injuries
- Strains, sprains, or severe soft tissue damage
- Shoulder injuries
Head injuries are a major concern after someone falls. These injuries can be fatal, and it’s important for someone to seek immediate medical treatment after falling to treat injuries and rule out more serious complications.
The days, weeks, and months following a fall are very important for the injured person. During this period, an injured person is more likely to fall again. It’s also an important time for an injured person to seek legal help if they are considering filing a slip and fall accident claim to receive compensation for the costs of their injury.
Statistics Show How Dangerous Slips and Falls Can Be
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides statistics about fall-related injuries. The numbers highlight just how serious slip and fall accidents can be:
- Around 20% of falls result in a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.
- 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls.
- Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Each year, more than 800,000 patients are hospitalized because of a fall injury, usually involving a head injury or broken hip.
Falls are particularly dangerous for older people. More than 25% of older people fall each year. Falling once doubles a person’s risk of falling again. While the elderly are at a greater risk of i- slipping and falling and ii- sustaining serious fall-related injuries, it’s worth noting that everyone is susceptible to serious slip and fall-related injuries. Most falls are preventable events.
When a fall is caused by hazardous property conditions, the injured person should consider the many ways in which a premises liability claim can help recover the costs stemming from the injury. To learn how you may be able to get help paying for your injury, call us at (713) 973-8888 to arrange a free consultation.
Statute of limitations for slip and fall lawsuits
If you are considering a slip and fall lawsuit, it’s wise to look into it as soon as possible. The sooner we get the process started, the better. Generally, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing slip and fall premises liability claims in Texas.
***However, there are many exceptions to this deadline. Always speak directly with an attorney to understand the exact statute of limitations that applies to your unique claim, as well as any other critical deadlines.***
Get the effective legal help you deserve from our Houston slip and fall attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a property or business owner’s negligence, contact our Houston slip and fall lawyers today to arrange a consultation. We know how serious these injuries can be, and we work hard to get our clients the compensation they need and deserve.
Once we hear the details of your case, we can tell you more about your options. Our case evaluations are free, and you are under no obligation to move forward with a claim if you don’t want to do so. Our goal is to help you get justice. We will never put pressure on you.
If you’ve been injured because of unsafe property conditions, you don’t have to carry the costs of those injuries. A slip and fall lawsuit can help you withstand the financial devastation caused by a serious injury. Let us help you hold the negligent parties accountable and get you the payment you need.
Contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant today by calling (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000, or filling out our online contact form. In addition to providing free consultations, we work on a contingency fee basis: We only get paid if you win your case.