Premises Liability

Austin Premises Liability Attorney

Dangerous Property Lawsuits in Texas

fence with danger sign warning about asbestos exposureChris Morrow Law, PLLC is committed to helping individuals get better after they’ve been injured in accidents caused by others. Though accidents on properties, like parking lots or swimming pools, happen all the time, some people don’t realize that the property owner may be at fault for their injuries and damages. Our Austin premises liability lawyer can meet with you personally to learn more about whether a property owner was negligent, and if this negligence contributed to your medical bills and lost wages. Attorney Chris Morrow stands by his clients throughout the claims process to protect their rights and ensure they get the help they need to move on with their lives.

Contact Chris Morrow today online or by phone for a free consultation regarding your injuries at (512) 641-5232. Your recovery is our priority.

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What Is Premises Liability?

common types of premises liability claims infographic​Individuals who have been injured on someone’s property, such as on a sidewalk or in a building, may be qualified to file what is known as a premises liability claim against the property owner and hold them responsible for damages. Hiring a personal injury attorney to help you after an incident is essential, as premises liability cases are extremely difficult to pursue in Texas due to the fact that there are many elements you have to prove to establish negligence.

In a standard premises liability case, you will need to prove the following elements in order to be successful:

  • A dangerous condition existed on the property
  • The dangerous condition caused an injury
  • The owner or operator of the premises either created the condition, knew about the condition, or should have known about the condition
  • The owner or operator of the premises failed to correct the condition before the injury occurred

It’s important to know that not every accident that occurs on someone’s property occurred because of negligence. This is why collecting evidence after your accident and hiring an attorney is necessary if you wish to increase your chances of recovering damages. If possible, make sure to take photos of the accident scene and your injuries, and collect witness information so they can give statements.

Does It Matter If I Was Trespassing?

keep out sign on someones propertyAnother key aspect of premises liability is establishing your legal status on premises. Your status matters because it can determine whether the property owner in question owed you a duty of care by keeping their property safe or including proper warnings. If you’re an invitee like a hotel guest or store shopper, for instance, the property owner owes you a duty of care and must fix all dangerous property conditions. If you’re a licensee such as a party guest or someone making a delivery, the property owner doesn’t necessarily owe you a duty to inspect the premises.

If you were trespassing on the person’s property when you were injured, the property owner doesn’t owe you a duty of care because you didn’t have permission to be on the property. Chris Morrow is able to help you define your legal status and collect the evidence needed to build your case.

Is My Landlord Responsible for My Safety?

According to Texas law you have a right to demand that your landlord repair any condition that may pose a danger to you or other tenants (§ 92.052). However, this excludes problems that were caused by you or another member of your household. This also excludes any agreements where you and your landlord have agreed that you will make any necessary repairs to the premises.

If you or a member of your family were injured due to poor maintenance at your apartment complex you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against your landlord for negligence. Want to know more? Contact Attorney Morrow today.

Our premises liability attorney in Austin has the resources to help you whether you were injured in a slip and fall or by an aggressive dog. Call (512) 641-5232 to learn more about our firm.

Common Types of Premises Liability Claims

There are countless types of personal injury cases that can be classified under premises liability, as accidents can happen everywhere, from parking lots to elevators to office cubicles. Slip and fall accident claims are among the most common premises liability claims and occur after individuals fall due to a dangerous property condition. Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include slippery or wet floors, such as after a spill or a recent floor waxing, torn or uneven carpeting, broken stairs and handrails, and dim lighting that can make it difficult for people to see when walking. Property owners can be held responsible for damages when they fail to fix broken features in their buildings or fail to warn their residents or guests about dangers, such as by not putting out a “wet floor” sign.

Some other types of premises liability claims include:

  • Inadequate building security: When building or stores like banks or jewelry shops fail to hire security guards or have features like cameras in place, this can lead to injuries or assault on the property. Property owners can be held responsible for not taking the appropriate safety precautions.
    • Swimming pool accidents: Property owners are responsible for ensuring their pools are secure and closed during off-hours to prevent drownings or other injuries that occur when lifeguards aren’t present. A lack of fencing, pool covers, and other enclosures can be considered negligent.
    • Dog bites: Another area of premises liability includes injuries sustained from dog attacks. In these instances, the dog’s owner is ultimately responsible for negligence because they owe others a duty of care, whether they’re in a local space like a park or in their own backyards.
    • Fires: Property owners can be held responsible for damages when they don’t have safety measures in place to respond to building fires or when their fire escapes are jammed or blocked and individuals aren’t able to escape.

    If you have been injured in a premises liability accident or you have questions about your accident, Chris Morrow is here to help. Contact our premises liability lawyer in Austin today.

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