Austin is a very social city. We love meeting with our friends and having a good time. However, sometimes, accidents happen. Premises liability includes injuries that happen on any property that has not been properly maintained either through intentional disregard or the neglect of the owner. One common type of premises liability case is a “slip-and-fall” case.
If you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury, you can take several steps in order to more effectively protect your rights. First, you should take pictures of the property and surrounding area. You should then file a report with the owner of the property or establishment. At this point, it is important to document what information they had regarding a possible unsafe situation BEFORE you fell. If they will not provide the requested information, ask for their name and write down exactly what they report. While this strategy is not always effective, it is one way to seek a favorable ruling in a slip-and-fall case.
Another type of premises-liability case is unsafe conditions on the property or in the building. While the property owner has certain responsibilities regarding property maintenance, the courts will also consider if the injured person was a licensed resident, an invited guest, or trespassing. The owner has little duty to protect someone who is trespassing but has the most responsibility to protect someone invited to the property for business purposes. However, in some cases, states are instead looking at the “reasonableness under the circumstances” when deciding a case.
Because Texas is such a conservative state, these cases can be very difficult to prove. Austin’s Building Code. offers an excellent starting point to determine responsibility in a premises-liability case. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on another person’s property, contact our personal injury law firm today.
For more information on slip and fall accidents, see the following links: Slip and Fall Accidents
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