Slip and Fall Accident Attorney In McAllen, TX

McAllen Slip and Fall Lawyers

There is no doubt that McAllen has some great shopping. In fact, it is a destination among Mexican citizens for great American shopping. What happens, though, if while you’re enjoying an afternoon of shopping here in McAllen you slip and fall? With any luck, you’ll brush yourself off and go about your day with no problems. What happens if you are not so lucky?

If you are injured while on another’s property because of a problem on or with the property, there is a good chance that the owner or manager of that property owes you compensation for your injuries. A lot of people blame themselves for falling, thinking things like “I am such a klutz!” or “I should really watch where I am going. In reality, when you are visiting another person’s property, the property owner or manager owes you a legal duty – even if you are on their property illegally!

The level of legal duty a property owner or manager owes to a visitor depends on that visitor’s legal status. Some legal statuses are owed a higher level of duty than others. In Texas, any time you are on another’s property, you have one of three legal statuses. You are one of the following:

● An invitee: A visitor is an invitee when he or she was invited, explicitly or implicitly, onto someone else’s property for the benefit of both the visitor and the owner or manager of the property. An implicit invitation is something like an “open” sign on a restaurant. The owner of the restaurant wants you to visit so you can enjoy food and so the restaurant can make money. This is a mutually beneficial relationship. Examples of invitees can include:
○ Patients in a doctor’s office
○ Customers in a store
○ Employees of a business during working hours
● Licensee: If you visit someone else’s property with an invitation for only your own benefit, then you are a licensee. Examples of licensees include:
○ Visitors in a private house
○ Employees on the business’s property when they are not working
● Trespasser: If you come onto another’s property without permission, then you are a trespasser. This is also a crime.

The property owner or manager’s legal duty varies depending on the visitor’s legal status. The various legal duties based on legal status are listed below:

● Legal duty to an invitee:
○ Affirmatively and regularly inspect for dangerous conditions; and
○ Correct any dangerous conditions found or adequately warn visitors of the dangerous conditions
○ Do not injure visitors on purpose, with negligence, or with gross negligence
● Legal duty to a licensee:
○ Correct any dangerous conditions found or adequately warn visitors of the dangerous conditions
○ Do not injure visitors on purpose, with negligence, or with gross negligence
● Legal duty to a trespasser:
○ Do not injure visitors on purpose, with negligence, or with gross negligence

I was hurt in a slip and fall accident in McAllen, Texas. What do I do?

If you slipped and fell in McAllen, Texas, you should seek medical attention and contact a McAllen slip and fall lawyer at Loncar Associates as soon as you are able to. Please contact Loncar Associates for a free consultation.