Slip and Fall Accident Attorney In Lubbock, TX

Lubbock Slip and Fall Lawyers

Lubbock, Texas is a lively city with a population of nearly 240,000 people. It is home to Texas Tech, one of the largest universities in the country. Lubbock has many thriving local businesses, a wonderful array of shopping, and hotels for the many visiting alumni, tourists, and sports fans in town to root for (or against) the Red Raiders. But what happens if you are enjoying an afternoon shopping at South Plains Mall or Cactus Aly and you slip and fall? Your pleasant day could quickly turn into a nightmare that lasts for months or even years depending on your injury. Sometimes it seems like these are just accidents and there is no one to blame. Worse, sometimes, injured people blame themselves for “not looking where I was going” or “not paying attention.

What if I was injured on another’s property?

If you are on another person’s property and you are injured due to a problem with their property, then you might have cause for a premises liability claim – often known as a slip and fall case. These are different than traditional negligence or personal injury claims. When you are on the property of another person, they owe you a legal duty. The legal duty they owe you depends on your legal status. You are one of three types of visitors when you are on another’s property.

 

  • Invitee: If you are on a property because the owner either explicitly or impliedly invited you in and you are there to do something that is mutually beneficially for you and the owner, then you are an invitee. A store with an “open” sign means the owner is impliedly inviting you in. When you shop at the store that benefits you and the owner. Examples of invitees can include:

○        Customers in a store

○         Patients in a hospital

○        Employees of a business at the business while working

  • Licensee: You are a licensee when you are on the property of another, but only for the benefit of the visitor. This can include:

○         Visitors in a private home

○        Employees on business property after-hours

  • Trespasser: You are a trespasser when you are on the property of another without permission. This is also a crime.

 

Depending on your status, the owner of the property has a certain legal duty to fulfill. They are as follows:

 

  • Legal duty to an invitee:

○        Affirmatively inspect for dangerous conditions; and

○        Make safe any dangerous conditions found or adequately warn visitors of the dangerous conditions

○        Not injure visitors willfully, wantonly or by gross negligence

  • Legal duty to a licensee:

○        Make safe any dangerous conditions found or adequately warn visitors of the dangerous conditions

○         Not injure visitors willfully, wantonly or by gross negligence

  • Legal duty to a trespasser:

○        Not injure visitors willfully, wantonly or by gross negligence

 

Should I get a slip and fall lawyer?

If you have slipped and fallen, or otherwise hurt yourself on a property in Lubbock, Texas, you should contact an attorney immediately. Your Loncar Associates slip and fall lawyer will know what steps need to be taken in order to ensure you win your case. Some of these steps must be taken right away. Contact one of our experienced and compassionate lawyers today for a free consultation.