What Constitutes a Valid Premises Liability Claim in Texas?

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Injuries can occur anywhere. Whether they are at school, a friend’s house, hotel, or grocery store, if you were injured on another’s property, you may be entitled to recover compensation. The premises liability law in Texas allows for negligent property owners to be held responsible. If you were injured as a result of hazardous conditions on another’s property, contact an experienced Texas personal injury attorney today. The attorneys at J. Chad Parker, PLLC have decades of experience and are ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Below are some questions you may have regarding premises liability:

Who is responsible for a premises liability accident in Texas?

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are safe for anyone who enters them. This includes people who are guests, those who are invited, and in some cases, those who trespass. If a property owner is aware of a hazard on their property and does not fix it, and someone is injured as a result, the property owner can be held liable. Examples of premises liability accidents include:

  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dangerous conditions
  • Defective security
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Inadequate lighting

How long do I have to file a premises liability claim?

If you would like to take legal action, you cannot wait long. The state of Texas has a deadline for filing claims, also known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for a premises liability claim is usually two years from the date of the accident. If you fail to file your claim within two years, you will most likely lose the opportunity to recover compensation for your injuries.

Who must fulfill the burden of proof?

The injured party is responsible for proving that the property owner was aware, or reasonably should have been aware of the dangerous conditions on their premises and failed to fix them. In order to prove this, photos and videos of the hazard, along with proper documentation of the origin of the injuries and their severity will be key. If you retain an experienced personal injury attorney, they may be able to obtain further evidence, like security camera footage.

Contact our experienced Smith County, Texas firm

There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.