Slip and Fall Accident Attorney In Odessa, TX

Odessa Slip and Fall Lawyers

A great way to spend a Saturday in Odessa is shopping, whether at Music City Mall or one of our great local businesses. Your nice afternoon out on the town in Odessa could turn into a nightmare in the blink of an eye. Depending on the nature and severity of your fall, that nightmare could last for years – or even for the rest of your life. Even when the blame for your injuries lies elsewhere, you might think that it was just an accident or there is no one to blame. Worse, you might assume it was your fault that you fell thinking, “I should have been looking where I was going!” or “I am so clumsy!”

If you slip and fall on someone else’s property and are injured due to a defect on the property – like mess in the aisles of a store, areas of construction not properly marked, or irregular flooring, for example – then you might have the basis of a premises liability claim. Premises liability claims are often called “slip and fall lawsuits.” They are different than traditional personal injury suits. When you are on someone else’s property, the owner or manager of that property owes you a legal duty. The level of duty they owe you depends on your legal status. If property owners or managers violate their legal duty, they should be held responsible and liable. In Odessa, Texas whenever you are on the property of another you are one of the three following:

● An invitee: When you are invited onto the property – explicitly or implicitly – for the mutual benefit of you and the owner or manager of the property, you are an invitee. An implicit invitation includes an open restaurant. Property owners and managers owe invitees the highest legal duty. If you are one of the following, then you are an invitee:
○ A customer in a store
○ A patient in a hospital
○ An employee of a business while working
● A Licensee: If you go to someone else’s property for only your own benefit, you are a licensee. Examples include:
○ Visitors in their friends’ homes
○ Employees at work outside of working hours
● Trespasser: A trespasser is someone who is on another’s property without any permission. This is a crime as well as a legal status. Property owners owe trespassers the lowest legal duty.

The following are the legal duties property owners and managers owe to you based on your legal status:

● Duty owed to an invitee:
○ Inspect for dangerous conditions
○ Fix any dangerous conditions found or adequately warn visitors of the dangerous conditions
○ Not injure visitors on purpose or with gross negligence
● Duty owed to a licensee:
○ Fix any dangerous conditions found or adequately warn visitors of the dangerous conditions
○ Not injure visitors on purpose or with gross negligence
● Duty owed to trespassers:
○ Not injure visitors on purpose or with gross negligence

If you have slipped and fallen, or otherwise been injured on property in Odessa, Texas, you should contact Loncar Associates Odessa lawyers immediately.