What Accidents Can a Premises Liability Lawyer Help You Get Compensation For?
Our premises liability lawyers in Texas handle a wide range of cases. Some of the most common accidents that give rise to a premises liability claim are:
If a person’s dog bites you while you’re on their property, the owner might be liable for any injuries that result. According to postal company USPS, there were 491 dog attacks against postal workers in Texas in 2019 — the second-highest total across the country. However, a single dog bite doesn’t necessarily mean you can file a premises liability claim.
Texas adheres to the one-bite rule, which means a dog or animal owner cannot be held liable the first time their animal bites another person. However, after the first bite, a dog owner has reason to believe that their pet could potentially be dangerous and must prevent any further attacks. If someone’s dog bites you a second time, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of accidents in premises liability claims. A slip or fall can happen in any scenario, for instance, if the floor is wet, greasy, or newly waxed, if there’s a spillage, or if a rug is placed on a slippery floor without being secured. A slip and fall accident can result in severe injuries, such as a broken bone, a traumatic brain injury, or a spinal cord injury that causes paralysis.
Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Elevators and escalators are designed for convenience, but they can also be dangerous. Elevators seriously injure around 17 thousand people in the US every year. While they mostly affect individuals working on or near an elevator, such as installers or repairers, the general public isn’t immune from injury.
Passengers can fall if they call an elevator but there is no car, and many also get injured by getting caught in the elevator door.
Escalators also pose a threat. The large gaps between the side skirt, steps, and landing platform can lead to a person tripping and falling, while poor design or maintenance can cause a person’s clothes, shoes, or jewelry to get caught in gaps. Escalators can also malfunction by changing speed or direction, and this can cause people to fall, get trampled on, or crushed.
Fire, Safety, and Building Code Violations
If a property owner violates safety regulations and this results in injury, you could hold them liable. Fire code violations can be fatal if a person gets trapped in a burning building, while many structures built in the 1970s contain toxic chemicals such as asbestos. A property owner has a duty of care to properly evaluate and inspect a property to ensure no substances present could harm a visitor’s health.