Slip and Fall Accident

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Slip and Fall Accident

Texas has pretty tough laws for slip and fall accidents.  A person is not entitled to compensation simply because they fall at a business.  The law in Texas explains that a business is liable for the injuries of someone visiting their property only if the business had actual or constructive notice of a dangerous condition on their property, that business failed to do anything about the dangerous condition, and that the business’ failure resulted in a slip and fall accident.  In other words, the only way to win a slip and fall accident case is to prove that an employee of the business knew or should have known that there was a dangerous condition.  As you can imagine, it can be very hard to prove that someone actually knew there was something dangerous on the floor.  

Those who are not familiar with this area of law often wonder wonder how a business “should have known” that there was a dangerous condition.  Most stores have procedures that involve periodically walking through the store and making sure everything is safe.  If employees become preoccupied with other tasks and let a spilled item sit on the floor for several hours then that might be deemed sufficient for the store to have had “constructive notice of a dangerous condition.”  Another example would be an employee seeing a spilled item on the floor and doing nothing about the dangerous spill.

Premises liability cases, which often involve slipping on a dangerous item, can be quite complicated.  Video footage from businesses can often make or break your case.  It’s important to preserve video evidence as soon as possible.  Call us today to find out whether you are owed compensation for an injury you sustained at a business.