Austin Premises Liability Attorneys

Slip and Fall Lawyers Serving Injured Clients in Austin and Surrounding Communities

4401 West Gate Blvd Suite 200
Austin, TX 78745

Premises liability and slip and fall cases can be complex as they often deal with commercial entities. At Thomas J. Henry Law, we will fight to ensure your premises liability case is handled effectively and aggressively.

If you have been injured in a premises liability or slip and fall accident, call our Austin premises liability attorneys for a FREE case review. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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How do Premises Liability Cases Work?

The concept of premises liability involves an injury caused by a dangerous, unsafe, or defective condition on a property. These types of cases can be difficult to navigate on your own. It is important to reach out to a local Austin slip and fall lawyer to assist with your claim.

In order to have a viable premises liability claim in Austin, there are few things that must be proven:

  • The entity you are bringing the claim against must have created or contributed to the factor that caused your injury
  • The property or business owner knew about the factor but did not take reasonable care to remedy it; or the dangerous factor was present for a period of time in which it should have been properly addressed
  • The property owner allowed you, either as an invitee or licensee, to be on the premises where the accident occurred

By speaking with a slip and fall attorney in Austin, you can better understand if you have a case or not. At Thomas J. Henry, our team of premises liability lawyers have handled all types of cases. We will provide you with a free case consultation, go over the facts and evidence, and determine if you have a claim.

What Kind of Cases Fall Under Premises Liability in Austin, Texas?

There are many types of cases that fall under premises liability. Any sort of accident that was caused by a dangerous condition or unsafe premises could be a potential case. Generally, property owners owe a duty of care to visitors to provide a safe environment. Here are a few examples of premises liability cases:

  • Dog bites and other animal bites
    • In 2015, there were 1,696 dog bite reports in Travis County, which has increased dramatically over a 10 year span (778 dog bite reports in 2005).
  • Apartment complex accidents (defective railings, sidewalks that are unsafe or un-cared for, lack of maintenance to buildings)
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Improper lighting or negligent security
  • Slips and falls
  • Swimming pool incidents

The Importance of Documenting Your Injury from a Fall or Bite

In many cases involving injuries on dangerous premises, there may not be a witness around to attest that the accident occurred. Unfortunately, if you do not immediately report the incident to the property owner, your claim of injury may be outright denied.

Large corporations and store chains will have a procedure to handle visitors that are hurt on their property, whether it was due to an unsafe condition under their control or not. If you fall in a store or are otherwise injured due to an unsafe condition, be sure to speak to a manager and file their incident report. Don’t forget to ask for a copy of the report as well.

In other premises liability cases, you may be injured on a property where there is no manager or property owner around. One example is if you are bitten by a dog that got loose. In these cases, you can document the incident and your injuries by calling 911 and speaking with a law enforcement officer or an EMT. Regardless, if you suffer a serious injury due to a dog bite or fall, be sure to call the police and ask for an ambulance. Your health and wellness is paramount, so be sure to get any injuries checked out immediately.

In addition, there are resources to report certain types of premises accidents or dangerous premises to proper authorities in Austin, Texas:

  • If emergency care is needed, call 911 immediately after any type of slip, fall, dog bite, or other injury caused by a dangerous condition on someone else’s property.
  • Report an animal bite: Call 311. If you are a Travis County citizen in an unincorporated area, call 512-974-2000 to report a bite.
  • Report code violations, including dangerous premises: Call 311, or submit a report online here.

What To Do After Suffering an Injury on a Dangerous Premises

If you’ve been hurt in a premises liability accident in Austin, such as a slip and fall or dog bite, follow these steps to protect your health and your rights:

  1. Seek medical treatment immediately for your injuries, whether it is being seen by emergency services at the scene of the accident or making an appointment with your primary care physician soon after.
  2. If possible, file a report with the property owner or manager and ask for a copy.
  3. Take pictures of the scene, including anything that contributed to your injury. Also, take pictures of the injuries you sustained.
  4. If there were witnesses to the accident, ask for their names and contact information.
  5. Contact an Austin premises liability lawyer at your earliest convenience to receive a legal consultation.

Do You Have a Premises Liability Case? Speak to Our Slip and Fall Lawyers in Austin, TX

Thomas J. Henry has been handling all types of premises liability cases in Austin, across Texas, and the entire United States. Our firm fights diligently on behalf of our severely injured clients to get the compensation they deserve for medical bills and lost wages. Premises liability cases are complex and require an experienced attorney on your side.

If you’ve been hurt on dangerous premises, call Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys today for a free case review. Our experienced Austin premises liability lawyers are available when you need us. Available 24/7, nights and weekends, we are ready to provide you and your family with a free legal consultation.

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Your Austin Slip and Fall Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following a slip and fall accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

The risks of not contacting an attorney after an accident cannot be overstated. Simply put, you are risking your entire claim to recovery as well as future financial stability. Insurance adjusters are familiar with claim procedures and liability. When an insurance adjuster calls you with questions concerning your accident, they are looking for information that limits the liability of their client and information that can be used to downplay the extent of your injuries. Further, adjusters will often ask that you provide a recorded statement concerning your accident and injuries. While they may say that the sole purpose of the recorded statement is to gather information needed to move your claim forward, the statement can actually be used to erode your case and right to recovery. It is the adjuster's job to limit your recovery and save their company money. An attorney will help you protect your rights and your claim to fair compensation.
A successful personal injury attorney will utilize their legal expertise, resources, and knowledgeable support staff to develop your case in a way that accurately demonstrates liability as well as any economic and non-economic damages you have incurred. The ultimate goal is to take care of the client's claim so that the client can focus on their health and physical recovery. Thomas J. Henry Law has the legal and financial resources necessary to properly build and handle your case in the most effective and efficient way possible. Your attorney will make sure you are treated with respect, are kept informed with the most up-to-date information on your case, and that you are comfortable throughout the entire legal process as we work to secure the compensation you deserve. We will also work with medical providers to ensure you receive proper medical treatment for all of your injuries. Experienced attorneys also have access to expert witnesses with specialized knowledge on a subject related to the case. Thomas J. Henry has spent years finding the best expert witnesses across the United States. Our firm retains the most qualified experts for each individual case, from accident reconstruction experts to medical professionals. Every expert undergoes a rigorous and in-depth examination process before ever being involved in a client’s case.
If you have been involved in an accident or suffered injury due to negligence, speaking with an experienced Austin injury attorney will help protect your rights and your claim to financial compensation. Failing to contact an attorney can leave you open to tactics insurers use to limit their liability and diminish your financial recovery. These tactics include:
  • Unintentional inconsistencies – Crashes and accidents are hectic and disorienting. As time moves on, you will likely remember less and less about the events leading up to and following your accident. When an insurance company goes back to compare all the statements you made over a period of weeks or months, they will claim that any inconsistencies were attempts by you to mislead the company and label them as lies before a judge or a jury.
  • Exposure to trick questions – Representatives often ask trick questions or word their inquiries in a way meant to trick or trap you. You may even be pressured into agreeing to facts that are not completely accurate just to get the representative off your back. Even an aggravated response of “I don’t know, maybe” or “I guess” can come back to haunt you later.
  • Exposure to leading statements – Even a statement that seems innocent on its surface can damage your claim depending on your response. For example, by giving a positive response to statements like “I hope your back is starting to feel a bit better” or “Wow, it’s a miracle you weren’t more seriously injured,” you could be tricked into understating the severity of your injuries.
  • Failure to report undiagnosed injuries – Most doctors agree that the full extent of injuries suffered in an accident may not be evident until several days after the accident has occurred. If a claims adjuster contacts you within 24 hours of a crash and asks about your injuries, chances are you will not be able to provide a complete list of injuries. This will not stop the insurance company from questioning and attempting to dismiss any injuries that became symptomatic after that initial recorded statement was made.
  • Provide material for cross-examination – By the time deposition or trial occurs, chances are the defense counsel will have reviewed your recorded statements dozens of times. They will craft questions for cross-examination with the understanding that you likely don’t remember everything you said or agreed to in that recorded statement. And when you misremember or contradict yourself in a moment of confusion, they will try to claim your misstatement proves your testimony is not credible.
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