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Texas Premises Liability Attorneys

Lawyers Experienced in Texas Premises Liability Cases

Responsible property owners have a duty to keep their premises in good condition and ensure that visitors are safe and aware of any potential hazards.  Owners who are careless and neglect their property may be held liable for guests who sustain injuries. Premises liability cases can result from various situations, including slips and falls, dog bites, swimming pool accidents, and structural issues with the property.

Unsafe premises and property negligence lawsuits cover nearly any accident that happens on someone else’s property due to the property owner’s negligence. In most circumstances, you may be able to bring a premises liability claim if you are injured while on another’s property. 

If you've been harmed while visiting a residence, business, or other property, our Texas premises liability lawyers at Hilliard Law can assist you in obtaining the highest settlement possible for your damages. For more than 30 years, we have been representing our clients with compassion and dedication, making every effort to obtain the compensation they deserve.

If we take your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we win.

Call (866) 927-3420 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. 

What Is Premises Liability?

Texas requires property owners to follow particular procedures to ensure that their property is secure for visitors. The extent of a property owner’s responsibility may vary depending on the type of visitor that’s entered their property. State law imposes a duty of care on property owners to provide a reasonably safe environment for anyone who enters their property or premises legally.

Texas premises liability law recognizes three different visitor types:

  • Invitees. Invitees are individuals who enter a premises with permission to conduct business. The property owner owes them a duty of care.
  • Licensees. Licensees are people who visit the premises with permission for their own purposes, like a social gathering. The property owner must prevent or warn them of any hazard that presents a disproportionate risk of harm if the property owner is aware of it.
  • Trespassers. These are people who enter a property without permission. They are not owed a duty of care unless they are children, in which case the attractive nuisance doctrine would apply.

There are some cases when determining who is responsible for a premises liability accident can be difficult. Factors such as awareness of any hazards, visitor authorization, and the location of the accident can be unclear and difficult to prove without the proper guidance. Our knowledgeable Texas premises liability attorneys can walk you through these complexities and help you succeed in your personal injury claim.

Common Causes of Premises Liability Accidents

A variety of safety hazards can cause premises liability accidents. Hazardous conditions, if negligently unnoticed or ignored, can result in slips, trips, falls, and other avoidable incidents that can cause serious injuries, including catastrophic injuries. A lack of appropriate signage warning visitors about known dangers can also escalate the risk, as people unaware of these hazards are more likely to be victims of an accident. 

Do not wait to get in touch with Hilliard Law if you or a loved one sustained injuries due to any unsafe condition, such as:

  • Cracked, worn, or broken sidewalks, patios, or steps
  • Unsound decks or balconies
  • Unfenced swimming pools or pools with too few lifeguards
  • Defective or malfunctioning escalators
  • Faulty electrical wiring
  • Dangerous animals
  • Criminal activity made possible by a lack of adequate security
  • Unsafe construction sites or work environments
  • Poor lighting or a lack of security cameras

Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability accidents can take many forms, each with its own set of circumstances and legal implications. Our legal team is well-versed in dealing with various types of accidents, from straightforward slip and fall incidents to potentially more complex cases involving negligent security.

Common types of premises liability accidents include:

  • Slip and fall accidents. These are among the most common premises liability accidents. They occur when a person slips on a wet floor, icy sidewalks, or slick substances and falls, potentially causing serious injuries. They can also occur if someone trips on uneven flooring or other obstacles.
  • Elevator and escalator accidents. These occur when elevators or escalators in a building malfunction due to poor maintenance. Injuries can range from minor to severe, including fractures, head injuries, or in some cases, even fatalities.
  • Swimming pool accidents. Inadequate supervision, broken gates, poor lighting, or the absence of warning signs near a pool can lead to accidents, such as slips, falls, or even drownings.
  • Dog bites. When a dog bites a visitor in Texas, the owner can be held liable if they knew the dog was dangerous and did not take adequate precautions to prevent an attack.
  • Construction site accidents. Construction sites can be dangerous places for both workers and pedestrians. Accidents can occur due to falling objects, equipment malfunction, or unsafe structures.
  • Negligent security incidents. This involves situations where inadequate security measures on a property lead to injury or harm. For instance, insufficient lighting in a parking lot could result in a mugging, or a lack of security personnel may permit a violent incident to occur. If it can be proven that a reasonable level of security could have prevented these incidents, the property owner can be held responsible under premises liability law.

When Does a Property Owner Become Liable for Unsafe Premises in Texas?

You may be entitled to compensation for premises responsibility if you were hurt while on someone else’s property. Typically, you must file a claim of negligence against the property owner to be compensated for your damages through premises liability.

To establish premises liability, you must show the following:

  • The property featured an unreasonably dangerous hazard
  • The owner was aware of the risk either due to direct or indirect knowledge
  • The owner did not fix or mitigate the danger with reasonable care
  • Because of that risk, you were injured

Our team can assist with preparing a solid case with evidence supporting your claim. With an experienced lawyer working with you, you may be able to demonstrate a stronger claim and persuasively present your proof.

What Damages Are Available from Texas Premises Liability Lawsuits?

Premises liability claims can affect a number of aspects of your life. Because of this, you may be able to recover a variety of types of damages, including economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages involve those that can be calculated, such as adding up medical bills and the amount of income you lost due to missing work. Non-economic damages include factors that are difficult to quantify, such as pain and suffering. Our Texas premises liability lawyers can help you accurately calculate these damages and fight to get you what you deserve.

We can help you secure full and fair compensation for all economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical care costs
  • Medications
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Are Premises Liability Cases Affected by Comparative Negligence in Texas?

Comparative negligence applies to any type of personal injury claim, including premises liability. This means your damage award may be reduced if you are considered partially negligent. However, you will still be entitled to compensation as long as you are not more than 50% responsible.

At Hilliard Law, our lawyers have been helping victims of personal injury since 1985. We know how to fight for you, so call (866) 927-3420 or contact us online today.

Real Results ReaL Justice

  • $25
    Million Verdict
    Negligent Security

    In May 2013, Mr. Hilliard was the lead trial attorney who obtained a $25 million jury verdict in a premises liability case in Nueces County, Texas. His client, a security guard for a downtown Corpus Christi building, was severely beaten while at work.

  • $18
    Million Verdict*
    Wrongful Death

    After only 3 days of trial, a San Patricio County, Texas jury returned a returned a record-breaking $18 million verdict, including $10 million in punitive damages, on behalf of our client, the widow of a trucker and handyman, who died after falling through a roof.

  • $10
    Million Settlement
    Catastrophic Injury

    While working at a chemical facility, our client was instructed by the owner to climb to the top of a vessel to install spacers on a pipe when he was suddenly and without warning exposed to high concentrations of deadly chemical gases, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen, hydrogen, and hydrogen sulfide.

  • $6.4
    Million Verdict
    Hip Injury

    As lead trial lawyer, Mr. Hilliard successfully represented a 90-year-old Corpus Christi woman who was injured when a hospital’s sliding door closed on her, crushing her hip.

  • $2
    Million Settlement
    Child Injury

    In 2018, Hilliard Law attorneys achieved a $2,000,000 settlement with a child daycare center for failure to render lifesaving aid to a child in distress.

Discuss Your Case with Us Today

Property owners have a responsibility to anybody they let onto their property. The failure to keep a property safe or warn guests about potential dangers may constitute negligence. If you have been harmed due to the property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. A knowledgeable lawyer can help determine the value of your claim and fight to obtain just compensation.

Our team of Texas premises liability attorneys has experience fighting for significant settlements and jury verdicts in cases like these:

  • Record-breaking jury verdict for the widow of a man who died after falling through a roof after his employer asked him to replace a skylight
  • Jury verdict (2011, third highest Texas verdict, premises liability) for a 90-year-old woman who suffered a crushed hip when caught in a hospital’s sliding door
  • Confidential settlement to an oil field worker whose lower leg had to be amputated after it was hit by equipment positioned too close to an access ladder
  • Jury verdict awarding compensation to a wind farm worker who sustained broken bones and a serious head injury after falling 20 feet because of a defective weld
  • Jury verdict awarding compensation to a Texas Department of Corrections prisoner who was stabbed 13 times; a contributing factor was the prison’s defective cell door system that allowed prisoners to leave their cells at will

If you or a loved one has been injured in a premises liability accident, contact our team  today!

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How Can a Premises Liability Lawyer Help?

Injuring yourself while on someone else’s property can be distressing. Since property owners are expected to maintain their premises properly, visitors rarely anticipate that the premises will be unsafe or dangerously neglected. An unsafe property can cause visitors to sustain severe long-term injuries and cost them time, money, and injury. While dealing with these personal consequences, attempting to handle a liability claim on your own can be overwhelming.

Our lawyers can assist you in developing a solid case to support your right to compensation for your losses. With years of experience and an in-depth understanding of the law, we will make every effort to give you an advantage in court. We may be able to use our skills to foresee the strategies the defense would use against you and effectively counter them. Our legal professionals are reliable and will put up a strong fight to retrieve the compensation you’re due.

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It’s our mission to hold the powerful accountable for their wrongdoing. Reach out to our team immediately regarding your case to schedule a free attorney consultation today.