Slip and fall accidents  have become a daily concern to Austin’s supermarket shoppers.  The most common slip and fall is around the grape display.  Those sweet pieces of summer fruit tend to fall out of their wrappers and out of baskets and when stepped on cause terrible injuries.

Another place to watch out for when entering or exiting an establishment is the entry rug.  Many times, these rugs become bunched up and many clients have injured themselves in that location.  Finally, spilled clear liquids on the floor are another common place where injuries occur.

Sadly, Texas law favors the landlord and does not strongly support the little guy.  The conservative Texas Supreme court ruled that in order for a Slip and Fall case to have merit the landlord must have, “actual or constructive knowledge of the defect”.  What does that mean?  In all practical effects it means that the store must have known (or should have known) of the problem BEFORE you fell and decided to ignore it.  This has become a very difficult standard to uphold.  if you are involved in a slip and fall accident get photos of the scene, witness information, employees name and statement, fill out an incident report, call EMS if necessary, and seek medical care immediately.

Although we take on about 1/500 Slip and fall cases, you are free to call and I will personally discuss your matter with you.

 

 


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