Houston Slip and Fall Lawyers

Last updated on: June 23, 2022

Call the Zinda law group Houston slip and fall lawyers at (800) 863-5312

Slip and falls might seem like a minor injury to some. However, they can happen anywhere to anyone, and they can leave people seriously injured. Unfortunately, many slip and falls are preventable, and OSHA even provides training for employers to eliminate this risk for employees in the workplace. Houston slip and fall lawyers help those who are injured when business owners and property owners fail to keep their properties safe.

If you or a loved one slipped and fell in Houston, talk with a Zinda Law Group attorney. A Houston personal injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group can schedule your free consultation to help you decide what to do after your slip and fall accident. Call (800) 863-5312 today to speak with one of our compassionate lawyers.

How a Houston personal injury lawyer can help you

A Lawyer Can File Your Complaint

You have two years after the day of your fall to file your lawsuit against the person who harmed you. If you wait too long, you might lose your opportunity to recover. If you hire an attorney, they can help ensure you do not miss the deadline.

The attorney can also help you understand what kind of claim to file. If your accident occurred because the property owner had a duty to keep you safe and failed to do so, your claim is likely negligence. A lawyer can help you apply the elements of negligence to your claim.

A Lawyer Can Help You Build Your Case

During the discovery phase of litigation, your attorney can exchange important factual information with the defendant to ensure you have the whole story of the slip and fall. The lawyer can interview potential witnesses and the defendant to get evidence to support your claim. Once the parties are satisfied with the information they have, they begin to negotiate a settlement.

A Lawyer Can Help Negotiate a Settlement

Finally, your lawyer will draw on experience to try and negotiate a fair settlement amount. If the parties do not agree on a settlement amount, you may have to go to trial to seek fair compensation. Your lawyer will advise you  regarding the best options for you.

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What to do after a Slip and fall accident in Houston, tx

There are three possible scenarios for your slip and fall accident: (1) a fall on government property; (2) a fall in your home, else, or (3) a fall on someone else’s property. If you fell on government property, you could recover for your injuries under the Texas Tort Claims Act. This law makes municipalities liable for injuries sustained on public property.

If you fell in your home, you are probably not able to sue someone for the kind of negligence attributable to a typical slip and fall. You may have to rely solely on your health insurance to limit your costs in such a case. Visit this page to learn what steps to take if you are alone and fall in your home.

If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you should complete the following steps to preserve the strength of your claim in case you decide to sue the property owner later. If you are reading this after having already fallen, you may have already completed some of the steps mentioned below. Speak with a lawyer to understand what you still need to do before you can file your claim against the property owner:

1. Avoid Admitting Fault

Some slip and fall victims may want to avoid fuss or conflict after the accident and try to brush it off. However, being brave or nonchalant about the accident because you are embarrassed could ultimately hurt your case. Accept help from those who offer it and be honest about whether you think you need emergency medical care.

Avoid saying things like, “I’m sorry,” “I should have looked where I was going,” or “It’s my fault.” If anyone near you—especially the property owner—hears those kinds of statements, he or she could try to use it against you to prove that the accident was indeed your fault. This could ultimately result in a smaller settlement or judgment amount. Try to avoid giving any recorded statements to anyone, even your insurance company, before you have had the chance to speak with a lawyer.

2. Gather Evidence at the Accident Scene

If you need emergency medical attention after the fall, you should not stay at the scene of the accident. Call 911 or have someone call 911 for you. If you do not need emergency medical attention after the accident, try to gather information while you are still at the place the accident happened.

Get pictures of the obstruction or defect that caused your accident. Perhaps it was a pothole in a parking lot or a wet floor in a grocery story. Talk with anyone who saw you fall and get their names and contact information so that you can follow up with your potential witnesses. Try to find out who the property owner is, and, if the owner is present, get his or her contact information.

3. Visit Your Doctor

Regardless of whether you received emergency care after the accident, visit your doctor soon after the accident for your own health and for the strength of your case. A trip to the doctor can confirm whether you have sustained injuries that could worsen later. Spine injuries and head injuries can impact you for the rest of your life, so the sooner you can treat them the better. For the strength of your case, a trip to the doctor can confirm that you received an injury and that the injury was serious.

Keep a personal medical record for your case. Track of all of your doctor visits, the care providers you used, the tests and diagnoses you received, the treatments you received, and the cost of everything. This can help you calculate your economic and non-economic damages later.

4. Talk with a Houston Attorney

Once you’ve gathered as much information as possible, speak with a personal injury lawyer. Tell the attorney the basic information about your case, including where the fall happened and the events leading up to it. Then, the lawyer can try to answer any questions you have about whether you should sue or how much your case might be worth.

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Types of compensation for victims of slip and fall accidents

As the victim of a slip and fall accident, you can determine your potential compensation amount by calculating your damages. Damages are the financial and emotional losses you incurred because of your injury, and the defendant pays you this amount when you settle or receive a judgment in your favor. To prove the amount of your damages, you can use the evidence  discussed earlier: medical bills, witness statements, etc. Damages for slip and falls usually come in the form of economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages relate to the easily calculable losses you experienced. These include your medical expenses, such as rehabilitation, therapy, and medication. They also include loss of income from reduced ability to work and missed wages from your time away from work. If you lost a loved one to a slip and fall and are suing on his or her behalf, economic damages include funeral costs.

Sometimes you also need to include the cost of your personal property that must be fixed or replaced after the accident. For such items, the cost will be calculated as the fair market price of the item when the accident occurred. This is less straightforward if you bought the item a few years ago and have gotten some use out of it or if the item was only partially damaged but not destroyed in the accident.

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages are somewhat harder to calculate than economic damages. These damages refer to compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced because of the injury. If your loved one passed away from the slip and fall and you are suing on his or her behalf, you can receive non-economic damages for the loss of companionship. If you cannot do the activities you love anymore because the fall made you unable to walk, you can receive non-economic damages for your loss of enjoyment of life.

Slip and fall FAQs

Where Can a Slip and Fall Happen?

It is possible to slip, trip, and fall anywhere there is debris in a walkway, poorly maintained stairs, sidewalks, and driveways,; or slippery surfaces. In many instances, slip and falls are preventable. For example, you might not have tripped and fell if an uneven floor had been clearly marked with yellow paint at the elevation change.

Additionally, may have slipped and fell at work due to hazardous conditions that your employer should have addressed before you were hurt. Under those circumstances, you might be eligible for worker’s compensation. Worker’s compensation is a program that reimburses workers who get hurt while on the job. It streamlines the process for helping injured workers, but it prevents workers from suing their employers in court.

Importantly, are one of the greatest causes of serious injuries and accidental deaths for people over the age of 65. Such falls can happen to people in their own homes, but what are the legal ramifications of a fall that happens in a nursing home? Your loved one may have been the victim of negligence or nursing home abuse. If you suspect this is the case, talk with a Houston personal injury lawyer.

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Who Is Responsible for a Slip and Fall?

The person who owns the property you were on when you slipped and fell could be responsible for the accident. Property owners owe invited guests a duty of care while the guests are on the property. A property owner who fails to maintain the property in a way that prevents foreseeable injuries may have a  premises liability claim brought against them.

It is impossible to imagine every scenario in which someone could slip and fall, so discuss your case with a lawyer if you are curious about the circumstances of your accident. Here are just a few examples of property owners who could be responsible for a slip and fall:

  • Store owners who leave unattended, unmarked spills
  • Companies that leave potholes in their parking lot
  • Offices that leave cords in walkways
  • Private homeowners who do not warn guests about a missing floorboard or step
  • Landlords who fail to clear snow from sidewalks

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What Injuries Do Slip and Fall Victims Sustain?

Because there are countless kinds of slip, trip, and fall accidents, there are also countless kinds of injuries associated with them. Factors affecting the injuries include the height from which you fell, whether you slipped or tripped before falling, and how you landed. You may have sustained cuts, bruises, or broken bones. Especially serious falls can result in spinal injuries, head injuries, or death.

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How Can You Prevent a Slip and Fall?

If you own property and regularly have guests or patrons, you might wonder what you can do to prevent the pain and suffering of a slip and fall accident. As we discussed before, it is the property owner’s legal duty to stop foreseeable harm. Practicing the following prevention techniques keeps yourself and your guests safe and could possibly help you avoid a lawsuit:

  • Clear debris that could be a tripping hazard in walkways, stairs, and lobbies.
  • Clean up spills or slippery surfaces immediately.
  • Mark wet floors with a sign or give a verbal warning.
  • Use handrails to walk up and down steps.
  • Maintain paved surfaces outside of the building, and keep them free of ice, snow, and other debris.
  • Maintain steps and staircases and mark unstable stairs or handrails.
  • Maintain or mark uneven floors in your building.
  • Keep the parking lot well-lit at night.

Call one of our Houston slip and fall lawyers at Zinda law group today

If a property owner negligently caused you or a loved one to slip and fall in Houston, talk with our lawyers. We at Zinda Law Group understand how intimidating the legal process can be for victims, and we want to alleviate that stress by using our expertise to help you through the various stages of your claim. If we believe that the property owner was at fault for your fall, we can help you seek maximum compensation.

If you or a loved one was hurt after slipping and falling on someone else’s property, we want to hear from you. Call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to schedule your 100% free consultation. During the consultation, you will speak with a Houston injury attorney who can help you plan your next steps for your case.

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