Slip and Fall Accident Attorney In Houston, TX

Houston Slip and Fall Lawyers

Houston is an undeniably exciting town of over 2.1 million people. Houston is home to a culturally diverse and dynamic population of many types of people. As a result, there are many hotels, restaurants and businesses in Houston. To say that the city is home to some good shopping and a fun nightlife would be an understatement to say the least! What happens if you are shopping at the Galleria or enjoying an evening out in downtown and you slip and fall? Hopefully you will get up, shake it off and not suffer any injuries. What if you are not so lucky?

If you are injured on someone else’s property, then you could be owed compensation. If you are injured because of a danger on the property that is within the property owner’s control, then it is even more likely that they have a responsibility to compensate you for your injuries. A lot of people blame themselves when they are injured, even when it is not their fault. They might think “I’m so clumsy!” or “I should watch where I am going!” In reality, property owners owe a legal duty to everyone who is on their property – even if someone is on their property illegally!

The level of legal duty that a property owner owes a visitor to their property depends on the legal status of the visitor. In Houston, a visitor on someone else’s property is always one of the following:

● An Invitee: If you were invited by the owner or manager of the property onto the property for the benefit of both you and the owner or manager, then you are an invitee. The invitation can be explicit or implicit. For example, an implied invitation is a store with an “open” sign. When you shop at a store it is beneficial to you and the owner. Examples of invitees can include:
○ Patrons in a store
○ Patients in a doctor’s office
○ Employees of a business during working hours
● A Licensee: If the property owner or manager invites you onto a property for your own benefit, then you are a licensee. Examples include:
○ Visitors in a private home
○ Employees on business property when they are not working
● A Trespasser: If you are on another person’s property without the permission of the property owner or manager, then you are a trespasser. This is a crime.

The owner or manager’s legal duty to you varies based on your legal status. The legal duties per status are listed below. As you can see, the more beneficial your visit is to the property owner or manager, the higher the legal duty he or she owes you.

● Legal duty to an invitee:
○ Make an effort to and actually inspect for dangerous conditions; and
○ Correct any dangerous conditions found or make sure to warn visitors of the dangerous conditions
○ Do not injure visitors on purpose or with gross negligence
● Legal duty to a licensee:
○ Correct any dangerous conditions found or make sure to warn visitors of the dangerous conditions
○ Do not injure visitors on purpose or with gross negligence
● Legal duty to a trespasser:
○ Do not injure visitors on purpose or with gross negligence

What do I do?
If you have been injured in a Houston, Texas slip and fall accident, you should contact your Loncar Associates Houston, Texas slip and fall attorney today for a free consultation.