BRINGING CLAIMS AGAINST NEGLIGENT PROPERTY OWNERS
Slip-and-fall accidents are among the most common reasons why premises liability claims and lawsuits are filed. When a property owner does not take reasonable steps to make certain guests, customers, patrons, and others on their property do not slip or trip over a hazard, and that person suffers an injury because of it, they can be held liable for the resulting damages. Although, holding a property owner liable is easier said than done due to insurance company interference.
At the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., we stand ready to fight commercial property insurance companies and homeowners’ insurance companies alike for our clients. It is these types of insurance companies that often answer for their clients after a slip-and-fall accident results in a serious injury. If you have slipped and fallen while on someone else’s property in Waco, then you should be prepared for a legal challenge. Preparations can be easy, though, if you allow us to represent you.
We can challenge any insurer or defendant with confidence. Find out more by contacting us at (254) 938-6885.
HAZARDS THAT CAUSE SLIP-AND-FALL ACCIDENTS
Slip-and-fall accidents are so common because they can happen virtually anywhere. As long as a property owner has neglected the condition of the floor throughout their property, visitors can be at risk of a nasty fall. Property owners need to take reasonable steps to maintain the safe condition of their property, and routine checks for slip and trip hazards should certainly be considered reasonable.
Some of the most common causes behind slip-and-fall accidents are:
- Wet or slick tile
- Lifted carpeting
- Cracked pavement
- Poorly lit hallways
- Loose debris or clutter
- Cables crossing a path
- Missing handrails
- Spilled merchandise
Did you slip or trip due to any of these hazards? One of the first objectives of our Waco slip-and-fall attorneys will be to prove that you did and why. Evidence collected shortly after an accident is usually the most beneficial, so please let us know if you took any pictures or talked to any eyewitnesses.
OPEN & OBVIOUS DEFENSE
The insurance company answering your slip-and-fall injury claim will probably try to go with the open and obvious defense strategy. Under this argument, it is stated that if a hazard was obvious enough so that the property owner “should have reasonably noticed it,” then the claimant or plaintiff should have reasonably noticed it as well. This argument essentially boils down to victim-blaming. It posits that you should have been more careful when entering someone else’s property.
In Texas, the law states oppositely, though. While guests, shoppers, and other visitors do need to be reasonably careful, the burden to identify and address hazards always stays on the property owner. Our lawyers know as much, and we will work diligently to ensure that the court or the insurance company representatives remember it, too.
MOVE YOUR CASE ALONG WITH EASE
A typical slip-and-fall case can get problematic and frustrating as the opposition constantly blames you for not being more careful on their client’s property. Do not let them get to you or convince you that your case is invalid. Bolster your confidence and relax your nerves by allowing our Waco slip-and-fall accident lawyers to manage your claim on your behalf. We have a reputation for tenacity whenever dealing with insurers!
See the Law Offices of Vic Feazell in action for yourself. Call (254) 938-6885 now.
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