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Houston Slip and Fall Lawyer

Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents 

When you visit someone else’s property, you never expect to be injured. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans are hurt in serious slip and fall accidents every year, often with devastating consequences. 

At Payne Law Firm, we understand the severe and complex nature of premises liability cases. Our Houston slip and fall lawyers have extensive experience helping injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed successfully navigate the legal process and recover the compensation they were owed. If you need help holding a negligent property owner accountable and seeking fair financial recovery for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering after a slip and fall accident, do not wait to contact our firm. We provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe anything unless we recover compensation for you. 

Learn how our legal team can help you with your case; call (713) 999-4801 or contact us online to request a no-cost, no-obligation consultation today. 

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents 

While it is possible for people to slip, trip, and fall due to a wide variety of factors, the most common element is negligence. When property owners fail to conduct adequate maintenance or remove, repair, or warn others of hazardous conditions, visitors can be seriously injured.

Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet floors
  • Unmarked spills
  • Pooled water/liquids
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Uneven floors
  • Missing handrails
  • Defective steps/stairs
  • Defective sidewalks
  • Unsafe structures
  • Clutter
  • Overcrowded walkways
  • Inadequate signage
  • Poor lighting

These and other conditions all pose a foreseeable risk of injury, meaning any reasonable person could see that these conditions might lead to an accident that would result in bodily injury or harm. As such, property owners have a legal responsibility to promptly and properly remove, repair, or warn others of these hazards so as to prevent injury. Failure to do so could constitute negligence, and the property owner could be held legally liable. 

Who Is Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident? 

In Texas, it is possible to hold negligent property owners accountable for slip and fall accidents. In other words, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the property owner if you can prove several important elements.

To hold a property owner liable for your damages after a slip, trip, and fall accident, you must prove the following elements: 

  • Duty of Care: First and foremost, you must prove that the property owner owed you a duty of care. In Texas, property owners owe varying duties of care to different types of visitors. Invitees and licensees, or individuals who are legally allowed to enter the property, are owed the highest duty of care. When it comes to trespassers, or those who are not legally allowed to enter the property, the only duty of care owed by property owners is to refrain from causing willful or wanton injury or harm.
  • Breach: Next, you must prove that the property owner breached the duty of care. Typically, this entails proving that there was a dangerous condition that the property owner knew about or reasonably should have known about but failed to take appropriate/adequate steps to remove, repair, or warn others of. For example, if a property owner failed to install proper handrails on a stairwell and a person slipped and fell down those stairs, this could be considered a breach of the duty of care.
  • Injuries and Damages: You must also prove that you were injured and/or suffered measurable damages while lawfully on the property. In premises liability cases, damages can be both economic and non-economic in nature and may include things like medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, if you slipped and fell but were not injured and/or did not suffer any measurable damages, you do not have a case.
  • Causation: Lastly, you will need to prove that the presence of the dangerous condition was the proximate or direct cause of your injuries and/or damages. In other words, you must prove that, had the property owner adequately repaired, removed, or warned of the dangerous condition, you would not have been injured. You may also need to prove that you were not acting negligently and that the dangerous condition was not open and obvious, meaning you could have reasonably avoided it, to file a claim.

At Payne Law Firm, our Houston slip and fall lawyers have extensive experience navigating the legal process on behalf of injured victims and the loved ones of those wrongfully killed. We have helped victims of all types of slip, trip, and fall accidents, including those occurring on public and private property, as well as government-controlled land. We have fought for those injured after slipping on wet floors or tripping on fallen merchandise, individuals who fell to lower levels or were injured in structural collapses, and many other complex and challenging situations. 

Compensation for Victims

Although many people think of slipping and falling as not all that serious, the truth is, victims can sustain severe, catastrophic injuries. In fact, falls are among the leading causes of both traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, not to mention other injuries like broken bones, concussions, and internal damage. Victims often require extensive medical treatment and may be out of work for weeks or even months. They are also likely to deal with significant pain and suffering as a result of their injuries.

At Payne Law Firm, we fight for maximum compensation for all your damages, possibly including but not limited to:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
  • Lost future earnings due to partial or total disability
  • Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
  • Lost earning ability
  • In-home care and home modifications
  • Disfigurement and inconvenience

Since 2004, our firm has successfully recovered numerous favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients, amounting to millions of dollars. We understand what it takes to go up against property owners and their insurance providers, and we have a record of success in handling even the most complex of slip, trip, and fall cases. 

Call our office today at (713) 999-4801 or contact us online to request a complimentary case evaluation. Hablamos español. 

  • “Payne Law Firm was invaluable in helping my family navigate the most difficult situation we had ever experienced. Mr. Payne and his entire staff were professional, responsive, and empathetic throughout the entire process.” - Fatimar J.
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  • “Payne Law Firm calmed my fears and assisted with easing my pain, by always being available to answer my questions, calming my fears, explaining the law to me in layman’s terms, while offering comfort and support.” - Joyre T.
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Get Started with Your Free Initial Consultation 

If you or someone you love slipped and fell, leading to serious injuries and other losses, due to a property owner’s negligence, reach out to Payne Law Firm today. In Texas, you only have two years from the date of the accident (in most cases) to file a lawsuit, and the sooner you act, the better. When you contact our team, we will begin immediately investigating the accident and working with you to develop a personalized legal strategy aimed at protecting your rights and securing the best possible outcome.

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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents 

While it is possible for people to slip, trip, and fall due to a wide variety of factors, the most common element is negligence. When property owners fail to conduct adequate maintenance or remove, repair, or warn others of hazardous conditions, visitors can be seriously injured.

Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet floors 
  • Unmarked spills 
  • Pooled water/liquids 
  • Slippery surfaces 
  • Uneven floors 
  • Missing handrails 
  • Defective steps/stairs 
  • Defective sidewalks 
  • Unsafe structures 
  • Clutter 
  • Overcrowded walkways 
  • Inadequate signage 
  • Poor lighting 

These and other conditions all pose a foreseeable risk of injury, meaning any reasonable person could see that these conditions might lead to an accident that would result in bodily injury or harm. As such, property owners have a legal responsibility to promptly and properly remove, repair, or warn others of these hazards so as to prevent injury. Failure to do so could constitute negligence, and the property owner could be held legally liable.