WHY CONTACT A SLIP AND FALL ATTORNEY AT TERRY BRYANT ACCIDENT & INJURY LAW?
If you’re looking for slip and fall lawyers, then you already know that you have a long list of firms that will be happy to take your case. Why should you choose us?
We Believe in What We Do
Each member of our team has been the underdog at some point in their life. Some were injured and denied payment for the costs they faced. Some were bullied in school or told by others that they weren’t capable of accomplishing their goals. At the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant, we are all motivated by our own convictions, and that fuels our drive to stand up to those that are mistreating our clients.
We’re guessing that you’ve also felt pushed around and mistreated. You should know that not every firm sees its clients as just case numbers. At the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant, we take on your case and make it our own. We believe in the power of the law to make things right, and we’d love to meet with you in person to tell you how we can make the legal system work for you.
Our Service Proves That We Care
Every law firm says they genuinely care about their clients. In reality, not all firms offer the same level of service. Our clients will tell you that our team proves how invested we are in their cases. Our attorneys take the time to get to truly know their clients and their families and to fully understand how their injuries have changed their daily lives. By the time we start working on their case, their struggles have become our struggles. In other words, we take your injuries personally, and we put every resource we have behind your claim.
We Have the Credentials to Back Up Our Claims
You know what we stand for, and you know that we’ll meet you on your terms. But you might not know much about our credentials. 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. Our clients’ stories tell you how we treat every person we represent. We want the chance to tell you how we can help you with your case. Contact our Houston slip and fall lawyers today at (713) 973-8888 to schedule a time to talk.
THIS TYPE OF LAWSUIT GENERALLY FALLS 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 are 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. Generally, there is a two-year statute of limitations on premises liability claims in Texas, which means that you have two years to file a claim after suffering your injury. ***Always speak directly with an attorney to understand the exact statute of limitations that applies to your claim, as well as any other critical deadlines.*** The sooner we get the process started, the better.
WHY YOU SHOULD FILE A CLAIM AFTER A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT
Every person we represent has their own reasons to file a claim. It’s a highly personal decision, one that people make because they face expenses too great to ignore or because they feel like they have been treated unfairly by property owners or insurance companies. Here are some of the most common reasons our clients decided to take a stand…
Reason #1: All Past and Future Expenses Related to Your Injury Can Be Covered in a Claim
Injuries aren’t just expensive; they also create problems in every area of a person’s life. When you file a slip and fall injury claim, you are demanding payment for…
Medical bills – This includes all medical expenses you have encountered and will encounter because of your injury, including hospitalization, surgery, ambulatory care, ongoing treatment, physical therapy, and medications.
Lost income – If your injury has resulted in time missed at work, then you should include any lost income in your claim. Don’t just include the amount of money you have lost because of your injury. Make sure you factor in how your injury will impact your income in the weeks, months, and years to come.
Pain and suffering – Unlike expenses such as bills and lost income, pain and suffering is more difficult to put a dollar amount on. However, most claims will not accurately reflect how much you deserve if they don’t include physical and emotional pain and suffering. Work with your slip and fall lawyer to determine the costs of your suffering.
These are just a few examples of the damages you may recover through a slip and fall injury claim. Your lawyer will help you review all the costs you face, so you can be sure you demand payment that reflects all your expenses.
Reason #2: You Should Never Pay For Someone Else’s Mistakes
Everyone faces challenges in life. We do our best to move forward when things become difficult. We don’t need to pay the costs for someone else’s carelessness. When our challenges come from another person’s negligence, we have the right to demand payment from the at-fault party.
A common misconception about injury claims is that they are simply a money-grab. As attorneys, we know as well as anyone else that this isn’t true. People file slip and fall claims when they have suffered harm because of a property owner’s mistakes. Injury claims are about fairness and accountability. Don’t carry the burden for another’s shortcomings. Use the path our legal system offers you by standing up for what you deserve.
Reason #3: You Deserve to Be Treated with Respect
We’re all entitled to be treated with dignity, but when insurance companies dismiss our claims or offer us less than we deserve, we understandably feel insulted. Every day, people get disrespected by insurance companies. Many people don’t realize how much power they have to fight back. Through a slip and fall accident claim, you can demand respect from insurers.
Don’t let insurance companies and property owners get away with offering you less than you’re entitled to. Our team believes that the best way to be treated fairly is to stand up against those that disrespect us. Let the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant be your advocate, so we can get you the compensation you need to get your life back.
Call our Houston slip and fall lawyers today by calling (713) 973-8888 or filling out our online contact form. We offer free case evaluations, so you have the information you need to decide whether you want to file a claim.
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SLIP AND FALL SETTLEMENTS
One of the biggest obstacles standing between you and the payment you can win in a slip and fall settlement is uncertainty. Many people never follow through on filing a claim because they feel intimidated by the process. Don’t let this happen to you. You deserve payment, and you should demand what you are owed.
Understanding the Process
A slip and fall attorney knows the process of filing a claim well. After you meet with your attorney, they will gather all the information they need to begin the process. They’ll interview you, contact any witnesses, and conduct investigations to determine the causes of your injury. Your attorney will then find out who was at fault and how much you are owed in compensation.
Once your lawyer has gathered all the information needed to move forward, they will contact the at-fault property owner and their insurance company to demand the payment you’re entitled to. Depending on how cooperative the other side is, the matter will take one of two paths: a settlement or a trial.
Slip and Fall Settlements vs. Trials
In some cases, the threat of legal action prompts property owners and insurance companies to take your demand seriously. At this point, negotiations could begin with the goal of reaching a settlement. 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 start receiving payments.
If the other side denies responsibility or offers you a settlement that isn’t enough, the claim can proceed to trial. In a trial, both sides make their cases in front of a judge and jury. The jury will determine whether the defendant (the party you name in a lawsuit) is at 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 outcome. 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 case assessment.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT
If you have the misfortune of being involved in a slip and fall accident in Houston, remember that the actions you take immediately following your injury will have a dramatic impact on both your health and your legal claim for compensation.
1. 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. If you file a claim, having your injuries documented by healthcare professionals is invaluable.
2. If possible, take pictures of the property condition that caused your injury.
If you are unable to do this, ask someone nearby to take pictures of the scene. If possible, get the contact information of any other witnesses.
3. Inform the business’s manager 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.
4. Speak to an 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 your chances of getting maximum compensation.
If you need assistance after seeking medical treatment, contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant at (713) 973-8888.
HOUSTON SLIP AND FALL ATTORNEYS KNOW HOW COMMON THESE INJURIES ARE
Examples of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall lawyers deal with many of these cases every day. We know that risks are present in any type of setting. Workers, consumers, patients, and children all face risks in everyday places. The most common factor in all slip and fall accidents is the failure of a property owner or manager to make sure that their premises is as safe as possible for those on the property. When they get it wrong, people suffer life-altering injuries.
A few of the most common causes of slip and fall injuries include:
- A person tripping on an uneven walkway
- A construction worker falling while on a work site
- A patient slipping or falling while attempting to get up from their bed
- A shopper slipping on a wet floor
- A customer tripping or slipping in a parking lot due to potholes or dimly lit walkways
- A tenant tripping on a cracked floor in the garage of their apartment complex
- A child falling from a jungle gym
- Someone tumbling down a flight of stairs due to broken stair rails.
These are just some of the many possible scenarios leading to premises liability claims. At times, the injuries sustained in these accidents can be quite serious. The injuries can also be costly, resulting in extensive medical treatment and ongoing medical care. Serious injuries can cause the injured person to miss work or restrict their ability to perform routine tasks.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a slip, trip, or fall, you should know that if a property owner’s negligence has caused you harm, you deserve compensation. Contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant to learn more about your legal options.
THE SETTINGS OF A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT
Slip and fall accidents happen every day, in nearly every setting imaginable. Of course, there are a few places where injuries are more likely to occur. Let’s look at five examples…
Slip and Fall Accidents in the Workplace
Fall-related injuries are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace. More than 200,000 workers miss one or more days of work each year from a slip and fall on the job. Though a fall can happen in any industry – from an office to a fast food restaurant – some places are more likely to be the site of a serious fall-related injury.
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in Texas. It is also the industry most closely associated with workplace slip and fall accidents. Falls account for nearly 40% of workplace deaths in construction. Construction-related falls could stem from…
- Scaffolding collapses
- Faulty equipment
- Ladder-related accidents
- Slick surfaces
- Elevator-related accidents
- Lack of training
- Lack of safety equipment.
Construction companies should always provide safe equipment, train workers properly and make sure that a work site is as safe as possible. When they fail to do these things, they might be held accountable for any injuries suffered by construction workers.
In some cases, a third-party liability claim can be filed against the manufacturer of faulty equipment or property owners who have ignored dangerous conditions on the work site. If a construction worker is injured in a slip and fall accident, they should always consult an experienced attorney to find out more about their options.
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.
We’ve represented several 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.
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. Many of these injuries are suffered in slip and fall-related accidents. One study referenced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that of 147 playground-related deaths, 20% involved a fall.
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 five 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 in 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 the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant today at (713) 973-8888 or simply fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.
Understanding Premises Liability Law in Texas
The following information is helpful for readers who want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of Texas premises liability law. However, you should know that you don’t need to know all of the following information to file a premises liability claim. At the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant, we do the work and use our knowledge of the law to get our clients results.
In Texas, a property owner may be held liable for harm to another person if:
- The condition of the property posed an unreasonable risk of injury;
- The property owner was aware (or reasonably should have been aware) of the risk and failed to remedy the dangerous situation;
- The property owner breached his or her duty of ordinary care by failing to warn of the dangerous condition.
Two of the words that plaintiffs will hear slip and fall lawyers mention quite frequently during the legal proceedings are “reasonable” and “foreseeable.”
“Reasonable” is a relative word whose definition differs from person to person and from one situation to the next. In legal circles, “reasonable” usually refers to a standard of care that a sensible and prudent individual would deem appropriate under a given set of circumstances.
“Foreseeable,” in legal jargon, generally refers to an event a reasonable person could have, or should have, anticipated.
In an effort to present a solid claim in Texas civil courts, plaintiffs and slip and fall lawyers must prove certain elements of proximate causation to establish the defendant’s liability.
- The plaintiff must demonstrate, first and foremost, that a dangerous condition indeed existed.
- The plaintiff must show that the owner of the premises knew about the hazardous condition or should have foreseen it.
- The plaintiff must show that the property owner should have anticipated the reasonable possibility that the dangerous condition could result in injury to another.
- The plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent because he or she failed to correct the hazardous situation.
- Finally, the plaintiff must also show that the defendant’s actions or omissions are a direct cause of the plaintiff’s injury.
The very first step — establishing that a hazardous condition existed in the first place — may prove to be one of the most difficult aspects of the case. Often, the danger is removed as soon as a property owner becomes aware that an individual suffered an injury because of it. For this reason, it is important that people who believe they may have a valid personal injury claim consider contacting reputable slip and fall lawyers without delay. Immediate action allows the attorney to evaluate the property’s condition right away and collect evidence such as photographs. Another reason many seek legal help early is to avoid an expiration of the statute of limitations, which is typically two years for personal injury matters in Texas.
The attorney will initially try to arrive at a settlement agreement with the opposing party. If these attempts at fair compensation for the client fail, the case may go to trial.
EXPENSES COVERED IN A PREMISES LIABILITY CLAIM
The injuries listed above have major physical, emotional, and financial consequences. A personal injury claim helps an injured person get compensation for the many costs they face after a slip, trip, or fall. These costs are referred to as damages, and they can include:
- Immediate medical expenses (doctor bills, hospitalization, ambulatory care)
- Ongoing medical care
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Loss of income (past and future)
- Pain, suffering, and diminished quality of life.
The costs of a serious injury go well beyond the financial consequences, known as economic damages, and also include non-economic damages. Injuries impact our lives in devastating ways, affecting our relationships, quality of life, and ability to perform routine tasks. All of these challenges should be factored into the damages you seek.
Determining how much you should demand in a personal injury claim might seem complicated, but a Houston slip and fall attorney will know how to calculate the economic and non-economic damages you’ve experienced so that your claim accurately reflects the costs you’re encountering due to your injury.
FALLS ARE SERIOUS BUSINESS. STATISTICS TELL US WHY.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides statistics about fall-related injuries, and the numbers highlight just how serious a slip and fall accident can be.
- Around 20% of falls result in a serious injury.
- Each year, more than 800,000 patients are hospitalized because of a fall injury, usually due to a
- head injury or broken hip.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
- More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls.
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 not only at greater risk of falling and sustaining serious fall-related injuries, it’s worth noting that everyone is susceptible to serious 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.
THE LEGAL HELP YOU DESERVE
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 for a free consultation. We know how serious these injuries can be, and we make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Let our team hear the details of your case so 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.
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 and his hand-picked legal team are here to help clients get the payment they need to cope with the consequences of serious injuries. We find out who is responsible for our clients’ injuries, and we make sure they are held accountable.
If you’ve been injured because of unsafe property conditions, you don’t have to carry the costs of those injuries. A personal injury claim can help you withstand the financial devastation caused by a serious slip and fall 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 filling out our online contact form.