Slip and Fall Accident Attorney In El Paso, TX

El Paso Slip and Fall Lawyers

There is no question that there is a lot going on here in El Paso, Texas. We have the University of Texas at El Paso and all the things that go along with a university, like cute restaurants and lots of arts events. We also have interesting museums, like the National Border Patrol Museum and Magoffin Home State Historical Park. But what happens if you are enjoying a show at Plaza Theatre or a ride on the Wyler Aerial Tramway when you slip and fall? With any luck, you’ll just pick yourself up and go on with your day. But what if you are hurt? What if you slip a disc, pull a muscle, or badly twist your ankle… or worse?

If you are on someone else’s property and get hurt because there was something wrong with that property, then it is likely that the owner or manager of that property owes you compensation for your injuries. Many people blame themselves when they slip and fall, even thinking things like “I should be more careful” and “I am such a klutz.” It is important not to let embarrassment cloud the fact that it is not your job to compensate for problems with a business’ property. All property owners and managers owe a legal duty to all visitors to their property – even if that visitor is trespassing!

A property owner or manager’s legal duty to a visitor depends on the visitor’s legal status. In Texas, whenever you are a visitor on a property, you have one of three legal statuses. You are either:

● An invitee: If you are visiting a property for the benefit of both you and the property owner or manager, then you are an invitee. The invitation on the property could have been implicit or explicit. An example of an implicit invitation is a restaurant with an “open” sign. Even though they did not actually ask you to come in, they hope you will and that you will buy their food. This benefits you and the restaurant. Examples of invitees include:
○ Customers in a store
○ Patients in a private hospital
● A licensee: A licensee is a visitor on someone else’s property for only the visitor’s benefit. Examples include:
○ Visitors in a private home
○ Employees at work not during their working hours
● A trespasser: A trespasser is a visitor on someone else’s property who does not have permission to be there. This is both a legal status and a crime.

The legal duty a property owner or manager owes to a visitor is different based on the visitor’s legal status. The legal duties are as follows:

● Legal duty to an invitee:
○ Always inspect for dangerous conditions; and
○ Correct any dangerous conditions found or sufficiently warn visitors of the dangerous conditions
○ Do not injure visitors willfully, wantonly or with gross negligence
● Legal duty to a licensee:
○ Correct any dangerous conditions found or sufficiently warn visitors of the dangerous conditions
○ Do not injure visitors willfully, wantonly or with gross negligence
● Legal duty to a trespasser:
○ Do not injure visitors willfully, wantonly or with gross negligence

What do I do if I slipped and fell?

Contact a compassionate and skilled El Paso slip and fall attorney at Loncar Associates for a free consultation.