How Does a Premises Liability Lawsuit Work?
Premises liability lawsuits typically involve a plaintiff seeking compensation from a business owner, property owner, or company. Many times, these defendants are commercial entities with lawyers of their own and are prepared to challenge your claim in order to limit their liability and your financial recovery.
To have a viable premises liability claim in Dallas, you will need to show:
- 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.
A Dallas premises liability lawyer understands the process of establishing the above criteria and can build your case in a way that best sets you up to receive maximum compensation.
What Counts as a Premises Liability?
Any accident that occurs on dangerous or unsafe premises could be a premises liability accident. Among the most common seen by our law firm are:
- Amusement park accidents
- Dog bites and other animal attacks
- Negligent securing
- Playground injuries
- Railing, balcony, and window falls
- School injuries
- Slip and falls
- Wet floors without proper caution signage
Documenting Your Dallas Premises Liability Accident
The majority of premises liability and slip and fall accidents occur without any witnesses to corroborate your story. As such, it is essential that you report your accident to the property owner or manager as soon as possible. If you do not, they will be more likely to claim the accident never happened.
Typically, a business will have procedures in place for when a customer or visitor is injured on their property. This will generally include filing a report. Always be sure to get a copy.
There are other situations where no property owner is present or where a report with a property owner is not possible, such as a dog bite. In these instances, it is best to call the police in order to report the incident.
What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall or Premises Liability Accident
If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall or premises liability accident, these five steps can help protect your well-being as well as your chance for financial recovery:
- Above all, seek medical treatment 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.
- Report the accident to the property owner or manager and ask for a copy of the report, if possible.
- Document the scene of the accident and take pictures of the factor that caused your injury.
- If there were witnesses to the accident, ask for their names and contact information.
- Call a local slip and fall attorney in Dallas to assist with your personal injury claim.
Call an Experienced Dallas Premises Liability Attorney
Premises liability claims can be very complicated, especially when they involve a company or commercial property. Do not risk your financial future by going it alone. Call Thomas J. Henry Law to speak with a premises liability attorney in Dallas about your claim. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to assist you.