I was hurt on someone else's property. Can I sue the property owner? Premises liability

Sometimes when a person is hurt on someone else’s property, the injured person can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner. Premises liability is the area of law that makes a property owner liable for injuries suffered by a person while on their premises. Premises liability law applies to both private and commercial properties.

When we think about premises liability, a “slip and fall” accident is usually one of the first things that comes to mind. However, there are a wide range of incidents leading to an injury that fall under premises liability law, including:

  • Dog bites
  • Trip and falls
  • Being struck by falling objects
  • Being injured by malfunctioning doors or an elevator
  • Being assaulted because the property does not provide adequate security

Not every injury sustained on someone else’s property is grounds for a Texas personal injury lawsuit. Premises liability comes into play only in situations where the accident was caused by the property owner’s negligent maintenance or operation of their premises.

To be successful in bringing a lawsuit under the theory of premises liability, you must be able to show not only that a condition presenting an unreasonable risk of harm was present on the property, but also that the property owner knew, or should have known, about the condition. Additionally, you have to show that the property owner had sufficient time to discover and correct the dangerous condition.

If you were injured while on someone else’s property, contact Fears | Nachawati today. You will speak with a Texas personal injury lawyer who will answer your questions about premises liability law and determine whether you have a claim.

For your free consultation with a Texas premises liability lawyer, email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

 

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