Who is liable in a slip and fall case?

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2021 | Personal Injury

Slip and fall cases happen in Texas, just like every other state. If a person falls due to someone else’s negligence, they have the right to seek compensation for their medical expenses and other damages incurred. This type of case falls under the category of premises liability.

Understanding premises liability

Every property owner has a duty of care to others around them. This duty of care includes making sure that anybody who enters their property is safe from any potential hazards. Premises liability law generally also holds anyone living at the property, such as a renter, responsible.

Each property owner must assess their property’s potential for bringing harm to visitors. Things like loose tiles, slippery floors and even uncovered pits could all be hazards that can injure visitors. Property owners must advise visitors of these hazards as they enter the property. This could be done verbally or with a physical warning sign describing the hazard.

Slip and fall statute of limitations

As with any sort of personal injury claim, Texas has a specific statute of limitations that applies. Victims of a slip and fall accident are given up to two years to file a civil action against the property owner. This two-year period starts on the date that the accident occurred. After this, the victim gives up the right to file a civil suit. In the event that any personal property was damaged as a result of the slip and fall, the victim also has up to two years to file a claim.

Slips and falls can result in serious injuries. If you have been a victim of one that occurred on another’s property, it is vital that you seek out legal help as early as possible.