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Premises liability is an area of law that deals with injuries on public, commercial or municipal property. Many slip and fall accidents are in this category, but premises liability can also include criminal attacks caused by inadequate security. If you or someone you love sustained a serious or catastrophic injury because a commercial or municipal entity failed to maintain a premises, the lawyers at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs are here to help.
How to Know if You Have a Claim
Only a qualified Houston premises liability lawyer can determine if your accident merits a case. Like any personal injury lawsuit, premises liability cases depend on three factors:
- Duty of Care – Did the property owner carry any responsibility to keep you safe? Storeowners, for example, owe duty of care to customers. By keeping floors clean and walkways in good repair, store owners can protect shoppers from unwanted harm. The same principle applies to any business or commercial entity.
- Breach of Duty (Negligence) – A property owner breaches their duty of care when they violate the visitor’s reasonable expectation of safety. Parking garage customers, for instance, expect a well-lit, safe premise. If the garage fails to provide security and an accident occurs, the visitor may have grounds for a suit.
- Causation – Accidents alone don’t always merit claims and lawsuits; you must prove that the property owner’s negligent behavior or lack of action to protect you from harm caused your damages. With the help of an experienced law firm, you can prove that the property owner was responsible for your accident.
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Common Types of Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability is a broad area of law. It can include injuries in grocery stores, retailer stores, apartment complexes, parking garages, amusement parks, parking lots, shopping centers, commercial buildings, and more.
Some of the most common damages linked to premises liability are:
- Falls (Stairways or dangerous walkways)
- Back / Spinal Cord Injuries
- Poisonous Spider Bites
- Dog Bites
- Asbestos Poisoning
- Criminal Assault
- Drowning / Pool Injuries
Negligent Security Cases in Houston
Many people do not realize that negligent security is another type of premises liability. Property owners such as business owners and landlords have a duty to take reasonable actions to ensure their property is safe for the public to visit, which includes having proper security measures. While nobody can ever predict when a crime will occur, factors such as the location of a property, how it is used, and the levels of known crime in the surrounding areas can dictate a property owner’s level of responsibility to employ adequate measures such as surveillance cameras, security guards, and alarms. If you were the victim of a criminal attack while on someone else’s property, you may be able to seek compensation.
Examples of assaults which may warrant a negligent security claim include:
- Being robbed at an ATM
- Being assaulted in a hotel
- Being raped on a college campus
- Being mugged while filling up at a gas station
Common examples of negligent security include:
- Broken or no security cameras
- Failing to alert guests of known dangers
- Poor lighting in dark alleyways, parking lots, or halls
- Failing to respond to an emergency call
- Broken physical barriers such as gates, locks, and fences
Challenges of Cases Involving Dangerous Property Conditions
Premises liability claims often involve extensive investigations into the conditions that led to your injury and the actions of the property owner leading up to your accident. In addition to these investigations, premises liability cases in Houston must be filed within a certain amount of time to be heard by the courts, usually within two years of the date of your injury. Claims brought against public such as a school or government agencies can introduce additional complications and further change the timeline of your claim. For this reason, it is crucial to retain the services of an attorney experienced in these legal matters to protect your rights.
Now is the Time to Seek Justice for Your Injuries
Texas law provides a narrow window of opportunity for accident victims to seek compensation for their injuries. This is especially true if you want to pursue compensation from a municipality, such as a city. Working with the right Houston premises liability lawyer not only helps you understand your rights but gives you a greater chance of securing the compensation you need and deserve.
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