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Katy Slip and Fall Lawyer

Wherever you go, you risk slipping and falling, and possibly suffering major injuries because of your accident. You could slip on spilled milk in the grocery store or fall after tripping on debris in an unlit apartment building stairwell. A commercial parking lot could be dangerous if slippery oil accumulates on the concrete floor.

Property and business owners, managers, and landlords have a duty to act responsibly and safeguard property so visitors, clients, and customers avoid accidents. If someone behaves negligently and causes an accident in which you are injured, a qualified personal injury attorney could explain if you are entitled to compensation. Talk to a Katy slip and fall lawyer to discuss your case.

Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents occur in Pittsville when people least expect them: at work, shopping, visiting friends’ apartments, or running to catch the bus. Property owners generally have no duty to protect adult trespassers. But they do owe others invited onto the property (for social reasons or to benefit the owner commercially) a duty to make the property safe or to warn people of dangers so they can avoid them. Some common reasons for slip and falls accidents include:

  • Spills that the responsible party fails to clean up
  • Floors that are uneven or strewn with debris
  • Wet or icy floors, parking lots, and walkways
  • Poorly lit walkways and stairwells
  • Potholes and holes in residential yards

Any situation a property owner should reasonably know about, but does nothing about, could mean a visitor injured by the owner’s negligence is entitled to compensation. A Katy slip and fall attorney investigates the claim to establish the components of negligence.

Slip and Fall Accidents Based on Negligence

Negligent acts can be reckless, careless, or intentional. To prevail in court action, the plaintiff must show the defendant breached the duty to ensure visitors’ safety by an act or omission, then an accident occurred, and the plaintiff was harmed because of the defendant’s behavior.

For example, if a fast-food customer spills soda on the floor, an employee would be expected to clean up the mess. If another customer slips and falls in the liquid an hour later, the restaurant would probably be liable because a supervisor should have directed an employee to remove the danger within a reasonable timeframe. A Katy slip and fall attorney could help link an injury to employee negligence.

Gathering Evidence to Prove a Claim

Cases cannot be won without evidence that proves the plaintiff’s version of the case. An attorney could investigate several sources to build a case, including police and in-store accident reports, medical charts, surveillance camera film, witness statements, and any cell phone video or pictures. Recordings can show the area immediately before and after a slip and fall, which could prove that warnings were not posted and the danger was present.

An attorney then files a formal complaint with the court. A complaint explains how the accident unfolded, why the defendant is responsible, and details the reasonable request for compensation.

Ask a Katy Slip and Fall Attorney to Advocate for You

If you suffer physical injuries from a fall, and someone else’s negligence is to blame, you may be entitled to recover your medical bills and lost wages, as well as compensation for emotional distress, ongoing pain, and mental anguish.

If the property owner is insured, Schechter, Shaffer & Harris may begin your legal battle by negotiating a suitable settlement. If the insurer is uncooperative, we could file a lawsuit for damages that attempt to bring you back to the state you were in before the incident. To learn more, contact a Katy slip and fall lawyer and let us advocate for you.

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