According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 11,706,059 total visits to the emergency departments in the state in 2019. Many of these emergency visits should never have happened in the first place and only occurred because someone wasn’t taking care of their property.
When you suffer an injury on a property that wasn’t safely maintained, the consequences of that injury could affect all areas of your life. From high medical bills to living with the pain of the injury, an accident can impact both your financial and physical health for years.
If a property owner hasn’t kept their premises in a reasonably safe condition, you have the option to hold them accountable for their carelessness through a personal injury lawsuit. Our team at Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP is ready to help.
We pride ourselves on working hard for our clients. Our team is dedicated to doing everything we can to secure the compensation you need. At Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP, we serve clients in Pearland, Texas, as well as Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi.
Premises Liability in Texas
In Texas, the property owner has a duty of care to keep their premises reasonably safe. If you suffered an injury because of unsafe conditions, you may be able to hold the property owner accountable in court.
It’s important to know that in the state of Texas, you have two years after the date of the accident to file your premises liability lawsuit. If you wait longer than two years after the accident, it’s almost certain that the court won’t consider your case.
Another key fact to know is that Texas operates under a “modified comparative fault” rule. This means that if you are determined to have been over 50% at fault for the accident, you won’t be eligible to recover financial compensation from the other party.
If you were less than 50% responsible for the accident, however, you can still seek financial compensation. For example, if the court was originally going to award $10,000 in total damages, but they find you to have been 20% at fault for the accident, then you would receive $8,000 instead.
Common Premises Liability Claims
There are several different types of common premises liability claims, including:
Slip & fall accidents
Dog bites and other animal attacks
Amusement park accidents
Swimming pool accidents
Escalator and elevator accidents
Injuries caused because of a lack of or negligent security
Private Property vs. Public Property Claims
If you’re thinking about filing a personal injury claim in Texas, it doesn’t matter whether you were injured on public or private property. You can file a claim against any negligent property owner, whether it’s your neighbor, a local grocery store, or even a government institution.
Damages is the term for the financial compensation you could receive for the accident that caused your injury. In Texas, you could potentially receive damages for:
Past medical bills
Future medical bills
Pain and suffering
In some cases, you may be able to obtain compensation for your legal costs. It also may be possible to hold a property owner whose behavior was intentional or extremely negligent accountable through punitive damages as well. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the circumstances of your specific case.
Turn to Our Team at Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a property owner’s failure to maintain their premises, you may be able to hold that property owner accountable. Our team at Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP is ready to hear your story.
We’re dedicated to fighting for you from start to finish. When you call our firm, you’ll often speak to an attorney directly. We take on every case prepared to go to court. Our first priority is to achieve the best possible results for our clients.
Premises Liability Attorneys Serving Pearland, Texas
At Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP, it’s our philosophy to always work harder than our opponents. That philosophy has led us to win cases in a wide range of personal injury lawsuits. If you were injured due to unsafe conditions, contact our team. We’re proud to serve clients in Pearland, Texas, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and throughout the state.