Slip and Fall Attorney in Houston, TX
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall claims are a category of personal injury law. Some trips or falls are serious and require significant medical treatment. Victims of these accidents might suffer a concussion or broken limb. In some cases, these accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage that results in paralysis. Property owners have a duty of care to provide reasonably safe conditions for visitors to the property. If they fail in this duty, they may be liable for damages.
Do I Need a Slip and Fall Attorney?
If you want to achieve a fair settlement or compensation award, it is wise to hire a personal injury attorney like Jerome O. Fjeld who focuses on these types of cases. He has negotiated and litigated hundreds of claims for clients who have been hurt because of the negligence or wrong-doing of another. These cases can be complex because property owners may refute the plaintiff’s claims. They may say that the plaintiff’s shoes contributed to the slip. They may say you ventured into an area where you shouldn’t have been. A skilled attorney like Jerome O. Fjeld is familiar with the tactics that the defendant’s lawyers will employ. He will do his best to hold property owners accountable for their role in your accident.
Texas Slip and Fall Laws
Winning compensation for a slip and fall claim depends on whether or not the plaintiff is proved to be negligent in their duty of care. We must prove that the property owner or their agent knew about a hazardous condition on the property and failed to take an action to remedy it or prevent visitors from encountering it. For example, if you slip on a wet floor in a retail store, your attorney must prove that the store manager or on-duty staff knew about the spill and failed to cord off the area or clean it up. Another example—a restaurant failed to repair broken floor tiles in its foyer; as a result, a customer tripped, fell, and suffered serious injuries.
In each case, it’s always up to the plaintiff to demonstrate that the property owner was negligent. In the first case, it may be difficult to prove that the staff was negligent. For instance, there might be a witness who saw a child spill their cup of soda on the floor before the victim slipped just moments afterward. In this case, the defendant’s attorneys will argue that the staff was not aware of the issue. In the second example, the restaurant’s staff may testify that the broken tiles existed in the foyer for months. In this case, it will be easier for an attorney to prove negligence on the part of the property owner or restaurant manager.
Types of Slip and Trip Accidents
Slips, trips, and falls can be caused by many different hazards. In general, many of these accidents are caused by:
- Cracked pavement or tiles
- Uneven flooring
- Grease spots
- Debris on the ground
- Exposed wiring or cords
- Poor lighting
- Lack of handrails or loose handrails
- Holes in the flooring
- Worn carpet or unsecured carpet / mats
- Inadequate warning signs
- No barriers
If you’ve been involved in a slip, trip, or fall accident that involved these or other dangers on someone’s residential or commercial property, you may be eligible for compensation under Texas law.
Did the Property Owner Maintain a Safe Environment?
The property owner must exercise reasonable care to address safety concerns. Reasonable is a subject term. It’s something slip and fall attorneys debate with every case. When you present your case to Attorney Fjeld and his associates, they’ll take care to address some questions that will need answers should the claim move forward. These questions may include:
- How long did the dangerous condition exist on the defendant’s property?
- Did the property owner or his/her agents have sufficient time to remedy the situation?
- Did the property owner or manager have procedures in place to check for potentially dangerous conditions?
- Did the property owner post signs to alert people of potential hazards?
- Could the property owner have set up barriers to block people from entering a dangerous area?
- Was limited visibility a factor of the accident?
- Did the claimant slip, trip, or fall in a public area? Did they venture into an area that was for ‘staff only?’
Attorney Fjeld and his team will pursue the answers to these and other important questions. These cases can be complex, so it’s important to have an experienced advocated working to support your claim.
What Should You Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you have suffered a serious injury in a slip, trip, or fall on someone else’s property, you may require emergency medical care. If the manager or property owner fails to contact emergency services for help, they may compound their liability. Assuming you’re able to stand and take control of your situation, you should insist on documenting the accident in an incident report. Many commercial properties will have these forms on site. It may prove to be a valuable piece of evidence that supports your claim.
If you have a cellphone, take photos of the dangerous conditions. On the report, be descriptive. Was there poor lighting in a stairwell? Was the banister loose? Were there cracked floor tiles? Check to see if any warning signs exist? Were the signs clearly visible or were they masked by clutter? Additionally, if there are witnesses, ask to include their names and numbers on the incident report. Before you leave the premises, be sure to ask for a copy of this report as well.
Next, get a medical evaluation right away. Sometimes serious injuries do not present any signs or symptoms at the time of the accident. A fracture may go unnoticed at first. Victims may be unaware that they injured their back or suffered a concussion when they fell. A thorough medical exam may seem inconvenient, but it can safeguard your health. If you did suffer injuries, your medical provider will note them on your medical record, which can be offered as evidence if you decide to pursue your slip and fall claim.
Contact Your Houston Slip and Fall Attorney
After taking getting medical care and requesting an incident report, it’s a good idea to contact our law firm to apprise us of the situation. There’s no obligation and we offer a free initial consultation. Contacting us right away allows us to provide you with helpful legal advice from the get-go. The property owner’s insurance company might try to get in touch with you. You might say something inadvertently that could harm your claim. When you contact us, we can communicate with the insurance representatives as well as the property owner’s attorneys.
But that’s not all we can do when we’re invited onto a case early. We can investigate important aspects of the claim. If you were unable to take photos of the scene of the accident, we can. Ideally, we want to photograph the danger before the property owner makes repairs—and they’re likely to after a patron suffers an accident. We can obtain witness statements and possibly even video footage if it exists.
Why Choose Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, to Represent You?
Attorney Jerome O. Fjeld has more than 15 years of experience negotiating and litigating matters that involve slips, trips, and falls. His firm is dedicated to helping victims of these accidents achieve justice when a property owner has been negligent. We are a small firm, but that allows us to provide personalized attention to our clients. We feel strongly about getting to know our clients and their stories. No one is a mere case number at our firm.
When you hire Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, you can count on our team to provide services that include:
- Handle all the paperwork. The paperwork in these cases can be confusing, but we can manage all the details associated with legal forms. We’ll also file all court documents.
- Manage deadlines. There is a time limit for filing slip and fall cases in Texas. We’ll discuss the time frame for filing as it applies to your claim.
- Investigate. We’ll track down witnesses, reports, and other forms of evidence that can support your claim.
- We communicate! We won’t burden you with ‘legal speak.” We’ll explain the legal process to you in layman’s terms. We’ll also communicate with the at-fault party and their attorneys on your behalf.
- Negotiate. Many slip and fall cases in Houston are resolved through negotiation.
- Litigation: we’ll aggressively litigate your case in trial, representing your side of the story.
Compensation in Texas
If you’ve suffered a personal injury on someone else’s property and your injuries were caused by the property owner’s negligence, you may be eligible for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to your medical expenses and lost work wages. If your injuries warrant it, you may also be entitled to future economic damages. Non-economic damages refer to the pain and suffering that accident victims experience as a result of their injuries.
We’ll help you calculate a sum that reflects what fair compensation should look like for your situation. If your injuries are extensive and you need on-going medical care, we may consult medical experts and accountants to provide a fair cost estimate of these economic damages. We need to arrive at a calculated sum before heading into negotiations with the defendant or filing your claim. These sums are not arbitrary and we take great care in helping you arrive at a reasonable amount to request.
If you need a Houston slip and fall attorney, contact Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, to schedule your free initial consultation. Remember, our firm will not charge you any legal fees unless we are successful in achieving a compensation award at trial or negotiating a settlement that is acceptable to you. We understand that compensation cannot undo your pain and suffering, but it can alleviate the financial stress that these accidents inevitably cause. If you choose to hire our team, we promise to provide you with honest legal counsel and aggressive representation.
5902 Irvington Blvd,
Houston, TX 77009
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Victoria, TX 77904