Rockport Slip and Fall Lawyer Representing Clients Hurt in a Slip-and-Fall Accident in Texas
A slip-and-fall accident can happen to anyone, anywhere, and while most falls are not serious, some people end up seriously injured after a fall that could have been prevented if it wasn’t for someone else’s negligent actions. Learn how slip-and-fall cases work in Texas and what you can do to receive compensation.
What is a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
Slip-and-falls are a type of accident in which someone slipped or tripped and ended up falling due to encountering an obstacle or unsafe situation while visiting someone else’s property. Slip-and-falls are a category of personal injury claim and can occur both in a public place (such as a retail store or business) or in a private place (such as a residence or apartment building).
Slip-and-fall victims can sustain a variety of injuries, ranging from just a few bruises to broken bones, sprained ankles, soft tissue injuries, cuts and sprains, and even concussions. When a slip-and-fall accident occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to receive compensation for damages resulting from their slip-and-fall.
What Should I Do If I Was Hurt in a Slip-and-fall?
Slip-and-falls can be potentially dangerous, and your priority should be to seek medical help if you have been injured. If you don’t feel injured, get examined by a doctor anyway – this is because some injuries resulting from a slip-and-fall may not show any symptoms for days or weeks after the accident. If you start showing delayed symptoms, you will have the medical records to prove that what you are experiencing now is a direct result of your slip-and-fall and not due to a separate event.
If you have the chance to gather evidence from the area where your accident occurred, doing so may help you build a strong claim later on. Taking pictures, recording videos, and even writing down the names and contact information of any witnesses may all work in your favor and help your attorney or the insurance company understand what happened and who is at fault. If your accident took place at a business, you might also want to write down the name and number of their liability insurance provider and the employee or supervisor responsible for the safety of the area where the fall happened. Finally, reach out to a Rockport slip-and-fall attorney as soon as possible.
How Do You Prove That Someone Else Caused Your Slip-And-Fall Injuries?
Slip-and-fall claims – like most personal injury claims – are based on negligence. A negligence-based claim requires the victim to prove a few key aspects in order to link their injuries to someone else’s negligent or reckless actions.
The key elements to prove that someone else was negligent and caused your accident include (a) the fact that the person or entity in control of the property owed a duty of care to visitors and should have maintained a safe environment for everyone visiting the property on lawful terms; (b) the fact that the party responsible for the property breached their duty of care and failed to take the steps required to maintain a safe environment for all; (c ) the plaintiff was injured as a result of the defendant’s breach of duty of care and (d), the plaintiff sustained significant damages as a consequence of the accident. It is up to the victim to prove all of these points, and that is one of many reasons why working with a seasoned slip-and-fall attorney is extremely important.
Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for a Slip-and-Fall Case?
Slip-and-falls are perhaps the most common type of personal injury claim in the state’s civil courts. There are so many slip-and-fall claims that the courts tend to approach each claim with skepticism, making it crucial for victims to be prepared to prove their side of the story and build a strong argument. While you do have the right to represent yourself in a civil case, skipping the step of hiring an attorney may not always work in your favor. Even if your case does not go to trial, you can still end up making a costly mistake and leave a lot of money on the table.
A slip-and-fall lawyer knows the laws that apply to your case, has hundreds of hours of experience building cases like yours and defending them in a courtroom, and can help take over every aspect of your case, removing obstacles and all guesswork. It is a nearly impossible task to try and tackle your case on your own without all of the knowledge and skills an attorney has accumulated during years of hard work – and doing so when you are hurt and trying to get back on your feet can be more than any person can handle.
If you were hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, you don’t have to try and fight back on your own. Let the professionals at the Law Office of S. Dylan Pearcy in Rockport take care of your case on your behalf. Our team is prepared to defend your rights and build a strong case to maximize your chances of receiving a fair settlement. Attorney S. Dylan Pearcy and the team at the Law Offices of S. Dylan Pearcy have represented countless slip-and-fall victims in Rockport and surrounding areas, and we look forward to helping you as well. Reach out to our Rockport office and schedule an initial consultation by calling (361) 203-7097 and scheduling a no-commitment consultation to discuss your case and learn your options.