Not only can slip and fall injuries be expensive to treat, but they can also upend your life and cause you to miss time from work. If you or a loved one was hurt because a property owner was negligent, you may be able to receive compensation.
A slip and fall accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins is here to help you with the legal aspects of your claim. When you call us today, we can discuss what you will need to prove your case and seek fair compensation.
Recovering Compensation in a Slip and Fall Case
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a slip and fall accident can cause serious injuries. These can include broken bones, spinal cord trauma, and traumatic brain injuries.
You can seek a recovery for your medical and non-medical costs related to the injury, however. Our injury lawyers can determine what your case may be worth.
We can help you seek financial compensation for the immediate medical costs of your injury as well as the long-term costs of treatment, if you have ongoing medical needs. You could recover the cost of:
- Emergency care
- Physical therapy
- Assistive devices
- Specialist visits
- And more
There are other factors that can influence the value of your case, such as your non-medical costs. You could recover the costs of:
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Out-of-pocket expenses
So, if you had to reduce your work hours or had to take a lower-paying job as a result of your injuries, we can also factor these losses into the value of your case.
Not all losses are purely financial. We can help you calculate a fair amount that reflects your losses for:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- And more
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What We do for Slip and Fall Victims in Lubbock
There are many dangerous places where you could experience a slip and fall in Lubbock. Whether you slipped on a wet floor or fell on an improperly maintained parking lot, we can help you with every aspect of your case.
If we determine that a property owner’s negligence led to your slip and fall, we can file an insurance claim to seek fair compensation. If necessary, we can even take your case to court.
Gather Evidence to Prove Your Losses and Liability
Compelling evidence may be needed to show that a property owner was liable for your accident. A property owner could try to claim that you were responsible for your own fall. We can use a variety of evidence forms to prove liability, such as security camera footage or records of past violations for the business.
Negotiate a Settlement or Take Your Case to Court
You don’t have to speak to an insurance company and seek a settlement on your own. We can handle these back and forth discussions for you and protect the value of your case.
Keep You in the Loop at Every Step
We keep you advised on your options throughout your case. If we receive any offers, we will advise you on when to accept a settlement.
Serve You From Our Office in Lubbock
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we serve thousands of accident victims across the state every year—including at our Lubbock office. We can travel anywhere in the state to meet you if you are too injured to come to us.
There is a Deadline to File Suit in Texas
In the event that we can’t secure a fair settlement through negotiations and we have to take your case to trial, we have a limited time to file suit.
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you generally have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. If you do not begin your case within this period, you will not be able to take your case to court.
Keep this deadline in mind as you consider your legal options. The sooner you begin your case, the sooner we can protect your legal rights. We want to build up important evidence for your case as soon as possible.
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How We Prove a Slip and Fall Claim
All slip and fall claims are based on the legal theory of negligence. To establish your right to compensation, we will work to prove the following in your case:
- The property owner had a duty of care to maintain safe premises for guests.
- The property owner breached this legal duty.
- Because they breached their duty of care, you were injured.
- You suffered economic and non-economic damages as a result of being injured.
One of the most critical aspects of your claim will rest on the evidence in your case and proving your role in the accident. To learn more about what this entails, reach out to Loncar Lyon Jenkins today.
Classifications of Guests on Another Party’s Property
Visitors may go onto a property for different reasons. Sometimes, guests may enter a property with the intention to shop. In other situations, they may be there to socialize.
Either way, if they were an authorized visitor, property owners have a duty of care to make their premises safe for others. They are even required to maintain safe grounds for trespassers, even though liability in these situations can become complicated.
Texas law classifies visitors onto another party’s property into three categories:
An invitee is someone who visits the property with the owner’s knowledge for the mutual benefit of themselves and the property owner. Customers in a store would typically be classified as invitees. Property owners have the duty of making their property safe for invitees. They should also warn visitors about concealed, unreasonably dangerous conditions that they should be aware of.
A licensee is a person who visits a property with the owner’s express or implied permission, such as a social guest. Property owners must warn social guests of any known, dangerous, or unobvious conditions on the property.
A trespasser is someone who does not have permission to be on the property or any right to be there. Property owners are generally not responsible for injuries that trespassers sustain while on their property.
- If the owner intentionally harmed the trespasser
- The trespasser’s injuries were due to gross negligence
Property Owners Owe a Duty of Care to Children
Property owners must make the premises safe for visitors of all ages, including minor children. Because of a child’s lack of maturity and knowledge, they may not understand the potential danger of an area.
The law holds property owners in Texas liable for injuries that occur on their property when:
- The property owner knew or should have known that children were likely to visit.
- The property owner knew or should have known that the condition that harmed the child posed an unreasonable risk of death or serious injury.
- The injured child did not realize the risk involved with a dangerous condition on the property.
- The property owner failed to exercise reasonable care to eliminate the danger.
To learn more about how your slip and fall accident lawyer serving Lubbock can hold the liable party responsible for negligence, work with Loncar Lyon Jenkins.
What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you were injured because of a dangerous condition on another party’s property, you can take certain measures to protect the success of your claim by:
Seeking Medical Treatment
Even if you do not feel hurt, you may have suffered a soft tissue injury or another affliction that you may not immediately realize. Seeking medical attention and being tested for certain injuries can help you better understand your health condition.
Be sure that you follow your doctor’s orders and receive all necessary follow-up care.
Revisiting the Scene
If you are able, try to revisit the scene where you were injured. You may be able to take pictures of the conditions that led to your injuries. This can include debris on the floor, uneven flooring, a broken sidewalk, or another hazard. You may also notice surveillance cameras that may have captured the accident itself. Your lawyer can request the footage to learn more about how you were injured.
However, we urge you to be careful when revisiting the scene so that you do not cause further harm to yourself.
You may accumulate many documents and other critical pieces of information as you proceed with your claim.
Keep all of the following information in an organized location:
- Your medical records
- Your medical bills
- Pay stubs and employment records that show how much time you missed from work due to the accident
- A written account of the accident
- The accident report filed at the accident scene, if available
- Correspondence from the property owner or insurance company
This information can help your lawyer calculate the cost of your incurred expenses and determine the severity of your injuries.
Get Started on Your Lubbock Case Today
If you or a loved one slipped and fell on dangerous property, you could pursue a personal injury claim to recover your losses. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we encourage you to reach out to our team today.
To get started with a free case review, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878. Our Lubbock lawyers can help with your slip and fall case.