A sudden slip or loss of footing can change your life in an instant. In addition to sustaining a serious injury, you could also be facing expensive medical bills and the inability to work. Luckily, you have options.
If you recently sustained an injury as a result of a slip and fall, you may have a case for compensation. Our team at the Littleton Law Firm is ready to help you pursue a favorable result. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.
From our office in Houston, we proudly serve clients across Southeast Texas. Reach out to us after an accident in Sugar Land, Katy, Richmond, Bellaire, or The Woodlands.
Common Causes of Slip & Falls
A slip and fall is a type of premises liability claim. It typically involves an injury stemming from a property owner's negligent behavior. There are many conditions in which negligence causes slip and fall accidents. Even if you were partially at fault, other parties can be held accountable for their roles in your injury. The following are common conditions in which slip and falls occur:
- Poor snow/ice removal
- Insufficient lighting, both indoors and outdoors
- Damaged sidewalks
- Cluttered walkways
- Loose floorboards
- Torn carpeting
- Wet floors
- Cords strewn across walkways
- Lack of handrails in stairways, platforms, or other areas
If a neighbor, store manager, or government entity failed to provide a hazard-free environment, and you were injured as a result, get in touch with us. We want to help you seek the compensation you need to move forward.
Start holding at-fault parties accountable for your slip and fall injury. Reach out to us to get your questions answered.
Determining Fault in Texas Slip & Falls
Most defendants in a slip and fall case will deny the claims brought against them or even try to place the blame on the plaintiff. There are a variety of arguments a defendant may use during your case. They could claim that:
- They had marked off the area or displayed signage warning you of potential hazards.
- You weren't paying attention to where you were walking.
- The hazard should have been obvious to you
At the Littleton Law Firm, our attorneys are prepared to fight fiercely on your behalf after a slip and fall injury. Turn to us for assistance in holding negligent parties responsible.
Modified Comparative Negligence
If you were acting carelessly when your slip and fall accident occurred, you may still have a chance at receiving some sort of compensation. Texas law abides by a modified comparative negligence rule. In short, this rule states that any damages you're awarded will be reduced based on your court-assigned percentage of fault.
For example, imagine you recently broke your ankle while running on your neighbor's icy sidewalk. The court could determine that — while your neighbor is responsible for not clearing the ice — you were acting recklessly by running across it and find you to be 20% at fault. What started out as a $10,000 damage award would be reduced to $8,000.
If the court decides you were more than 50% responsible for your slip and fall injury, you will not be awarded any amount of compensation.
Get Started Now
Texas places a two-year statute of limitations on slip and fall claims, so it is crucial you start your case as soon as possible. At the Littleton Law Firm, we understand the process may seem overwhelming, and possibly not even worthwhile. Let us show you otherwise. After someone else's negligence costs you your health and your well-being, you deserve the chance to seek justice.
Schedule a free consultation with us today at our office in Houston, Texas. We represent clients throughout the area, including those in Sugar Land, Katy, Richmond, Bellaire, and The Woodlands.