Houston Shop Owner Learns about Premises Liability the Painful Way

The owner of Innovations Automotive, a Houston body shop, is learning first-hand about the law of premises liability. Charged late last week with having a firearm accessible to a child and scheduled to appear for a court date later this month, Milton Almanza faces criminal charges – and could face civil charges, too – stemming from the tragic and unfortunate death of a 10-year-old boy. The victim, Kenneth Govea, fatally shot himself with a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol he found in Mr. Almanza’s shop.

 

The tragic case of the boy, the shop owner, and the gun are important for business owners throughout the state of Texas. Simply put, the law of premises liability makes owners legally responsible for the dangers associated with their shop. For Mr. Almanza, the tool that he hoped would give his shop greater security is actually the weapon that could cost him time in jail and thousands of dollars in civil damages.

 

Want to know more about premises liability and the unseen legal risks that you and your business might face? For a free consultation that could save you more than you might imagine, talk to the injury experts at Fears | Nachawati. We’re in the business of helping you! Call us at 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com

Victim's Children File Suit Against San Antonio Bar

Lisa Harter, 26, died in January when her intoxicated companion and driver, Marcos Serda, flipped the car. In the wake of their mother’s tragic death, Ms. Harter’s children have filed a wrongful death suit against Mr. Serda and the San Antonio bar, the Flying Saucer, which served Mr. Serda drinks. According to the family’s legal representative, on the night of the accident the Flying Saucer was encouraging participation in the bar’s “U.F.O. Club,” a promotion that asked customers to drink every beer served in the bar.

 

Ms. Harter’s bereaved family has taken a sensible approach: sue the bar. (Of note, in the law bars and taverns are often known as “dram shops.”) If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a drunk driver, you may have a cause of action against the dram shop where they were drinking. The bar may share in responsible for the damages you incurred and injuries you sustained. To find out more about the laws governing alcohol-induced accidents, talk to the personal injury experts at Fears | Nachawati. For a free consultation, call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com. We can help you!