A damaged, uneven or dangerous floor surface can greatly increase the risk of slip or trip and fall accidents on a premises. The floor coverings chosen for a store or public place should also be safe and suitable for guests. Rugs, mats and carpeting should not be loose or torn. These are preventable hazards that can lead to falls and serious related injuries.
If you or a loved one was recently injured in a fall accident due to damaged floors or floor coverings in Dallas, Texas, the owner of the property may be financially responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys can help you seek justice and fair financial compensation for your injuries. Contact The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. for a free legal consultation.
Common Injuries Caused by Floor Hazards
A slip and fall accident
can inflict many different types of injuries and physical trauma on a victim. Some accident victims never fully recover from fall injuries. Falls can be catastrophic, especially if the victim is over the age of 65. This is why it is critical for all property owners in Texas to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of their premises. Otherwise, a victim could trip on a damaged floor or dangerous floor covering and suffer serious injuries, such as:
It is important to go to a hospital in Dallas right away after suffering an injury in a fall. Some injuries, such as a fractured hip, may be immediately noticeable. Others, however, such as some neck and back injuries
, may have delayed symptoms and not be apparent right away. Going to a hospital without delay can lead to a prompt injury diagnosis and the treatment that you need to recover.
Who Is Responsible for an Injury Caused by Damaged Floors and Floor Coverings?
If you fall due to a hazard or defect on someone else’s property, including damaged floors and floor coverings, the owner of the property may be financially responsible (liable) for your injuries. A premises liability action allows an injured victim to bring a claim against a property owner for negligently failing to keep it safe for visitors. Negligence means that a reasonable and prudent property owner would have done something differently and prevented the accident. You may have grounds for a claim if the following elements exist:
- You were on public property or legally on private property at the time of your accident.
- The defendant had control over the maintenance of the property.
- You suffered an injury because of a dangerous or defective property condition, such as a damaged floor.
- The defendant’s failure to properly maintain the property directly caused your injury.
As the plaintiff in a premises liability case, it is up to you or your attorney to prove that what you are claiming is more likely to be true than not true. This is known as a preponderance of the evidence. Hiring an attorney to represent you can make it easier to collect clear and convincing evidence to support your slip and fall case. Your lawyer can take all of the steps that are necessary to enable you to recover compensation.
Contact a Dallas Slip and Fall Attorney Today
At The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C., we understand Texas’ premises liability laws and how to hold a property owner accountable for failing to repair a damaged floor. We will investigate your slip or trip and fall accident, collect evidence against one or more defendants, and help you and your family get through an injury case. Contact us at (214) 609-1140 or use our online query form
to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our slip and fall lawyers today. If you’re in the San Antonio area reach out to our San Antonio Slip and Fall lawyers