Premises Liability

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Property owners have the duty to uphold the safety of their premises when visitors are on the grounds. When there are dangerous elements that are known by the property owner and an individual is injured as a result, this often results in a premises liability claim. If you've been injured on another's property, our Dallas premises liability attorney team is ready to fight for you.

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At MR Civil Justice, we have extensive experience helping individuals file premises liability claims after sustaining injury due to accidents, such as slip and falls. Whether the accident occurred in someone else’s home, in a retail store, or on government-owned grounds, we take the necessary measures to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions. We proudly serve clients throughout Dallas, the surrounding areas, and even Chicago.

Navigate through the information below to find what you need:

  • Types of Visitors Who Can Pursue Compensation
  • Common Premises Liability Injuries & Accidents
  • Proving Fault in a Premises Liability Case

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Types of Visitors Who Can Pursue Compensation

One of the first things that will be established in your case is the type of visitor you were at the time of the incident. Invitees, licensees, and trespassers may all have grounds to pursue compensation, depending on the specific circumstances of the case.

See if you fit into the following categories:

  • Invitee: When you have the consent or permission of the owner of the property to enter the premises, you are considered an invitee. An invitee is typically used as a category for individuals who enter a premises for the purpose of business – such as an individual who comes to a grocery store to spend money. Both parties benefit from the presence of the individual, and the property owner owes the invitee the highest level of care. This means that the property owner regularly inspects for hazards, warns invitees of potential hazards, and takes care of potential hazards as soon as possible.
  • Licensee: When you have the consent or permission of the owner of the property to enter the premises (without business involved), you are considered a licensee. A guest to a property owner’s home is an example of a licensee. While the property owner is expected by law to warn his or her guests about potential hazards on the premises, he or she is not necessarily obligated to inspect or fix these known hazards.
  • Trespasser: When you enter a property without the permission of the owner, you are considered a trespasser. Although property owners are not responsible to warn undiscovered trespassers of potential dangers on the premises, they are responsible for any “booby traps” that they may have set up. They are also responsible to warn about extremely hazardous risks on the property through signage or some other way of communication.

The type of visitor you were at the time of the incident could affect what compensation you receive. Our firm can listen to your side of the story and fight to make sure your rights as a visitor, regardless of what type, are fought for.

Common Premises Liability Injuries & Accidents

There are a variety of situations in which you may have been injured and in which the property owner may be legally held responsible for those injuries.

The following are common hazards occurring in premises liability cases:

  • Ice, Liquids, Slippery Substances: As a visitor, you ought to be reasonably warned about or prevented from coming into contact with a hazardous condition such as ice, spilled liquids, or anything that could cause a slip and fall accident.
  • Insufficient Safety Barriers: These can cause falls from stairs, walkways, elevators, or other areas. In many cases, these incidents are due to a lack of foresight or inspection on the part of the property owner.
  • Negligent or Insufficient Security: Property owners are obligated to keep things reasonably safe. This can include making sure that there are sufficient security measures in place, such as good lighting and an adequate number of security guards in a given area.
  • Inadequate Safety Measures: When an individual is hurt or even fatally injured by toxic chemicals, electric shocks falling objects, swimming pool drownings or other such incidents on a property, the owner may be held liable for not ensuring proper safety measures were followed.
  • Insufficient Screening Measures: In some cases, hiring standards are lax and a visitor can be injured by an employee or other individual on a property. The owner may be able to be held responsible in part for inadequately looking into an employee’s background etc…
  • Animal Attacks: Most commonly, visitors might be attacked by a dog or other domestic animal. The owner may be held liable for not properly securing their animal or for not warning of the animal or taking measures to prevent such an incident from occurring on their property.

For information specific to your case, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our legal team. In a free consultation, we can help walk you through your options and shed light on the circumstances you face.

Proving Fault in a Premises Liability Case

In order to pursue compensation after an incident such as the above, you must prove that the property owner is liable for any injuries you may have experienced. Our team can comb through the evidence and help you build a strong case against the property owner.

In Texas, four elements must be proven in order to successfully win a premises liability case:

  1. That there was a reasonably hazardous or risky condition that posed potential harm to people who were legally on the property.
  2. That the owner of the property, or representative thereof, should have reasonably known about that condition and the potential harm it posed.
  3. That the owner of the property, or representative thereof, failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the condition’s existence or to protect visitors from the condition.
  4. That the condition directly caused the victim’s injury.

Stand Up for Your Rights with our Dallas Premises Liability Lawyers!

When it comes to seeking compensation after an accident, you need to make sure that your rights are protected. Our Dallas premises liability lawyers at MR Civil Justice works hard to handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on your recovery while we navigate the legal process on your behalf.

We believe that any injury victim deserves to have tenacious representation fighting on their side, especially in bad faith insurance claims when the insurance company wrongfully denies you compensation or insufficient benefits. Because your needs are important to us, our Dallas premises liability attorney team works tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve to cover medical expenses, rehabilitation, and more. You can rely on us to always put your needs at the top of our priority list.

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