Slip & Fall Accidents

Harlingen Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers

Serving Texans in Brownsville, Cameron County, Hidalgo County & the Rio Grande Valley

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. At their core, these accidents are caused by neglect. Negligence from property owners, property managers, and third-party entities can cause these accidents, resulting in many injuries, missed work, and a slew of medical expenses. 

Slip and fall accidents are a common type of “premises liability” case. In Texas, these incidents are governed by specific laws that determine the responsibility of property owners and the rights of injured parties. They can be complex, requiring legal representation to ensure you receive fair compensation for injury-related damages. 

At Ried Pecina Trial Lawyers, we are committed to fighting for your optimum outcome through skilled case preparation, tenacious settlement negotiations, or civil litigation. Because we are trial lawyers who are never afraid to take a case to court, at-fault parties and their insurers are more responsive to providing fair and just compensation at the negotiation table to avoid the time and expense of a costly trial. 

Request a free case evaluation with a Harlingen slip and fall attorney. You can reach us online or call (956) 225-2509. Hablamos Español.

Slip & Fall Accidents in Texas

The aftermath of a slip-and-fall accident can be life-altering. Depending on the severity of the injury, victims might face long-term or permanent disabilities. This could mean an inability to return to work, leading to lost wages or a drastic change in lifestyle due to mobility issues. The emotional toll is also considerable, with victims experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Minor injuries may include sprains, cuts, and bruises. However, more severe accidents can lead to broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and other catastrophic or fatal injuries. The severity of the injury often depends on the circumstances of the fall, such as the height of the fall and the surface on which you land. 

Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

 Numerous conditions can lead to slip and fall accidents. 

These can include:

  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Poorly lit areas
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Loose carpets or floorboards
  • Cluttered walkways
  • Potholes
  • Loose or missing floor mats
  • Unsecured items on store shelves
  • Broken handrails

Weather conditions like ice or snow can also contribute to these accidents.

These accidents can occur in a wide variety of locations. They can happen in public places like grocery stores, hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls. They can also occur in private homes and apartment complexes. Slip and fall accidents can even occur in schools, parking lots, and office buildings.

Commonly Asked Questions

What should I do if I slip and fall in Harlingen, TX?

If you slip and fall in Harlingen, TX, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. Make sure to report the incident to the property owner or manager, and if possible, gather evidence such as photos of the scene and witness contact information.

How long do I have to file a slip and fall claim in Texas?

In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a slip and fall claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. It's crucial to consult with a qualified attorney as soon as possible to ensure all legal deadlines are met.

What kind of compensation can I receive for a slip and fall accident in Harlingen?

Compensation for a slip and fall accident in Harlingen may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. The specific amount will depend on the circumstances of the accident and the resulting injuries.

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Who Can Make a Slip & Fall Claim?

In Texas, any visitor injured due to a property owner's negligence can file a premises liability claim. This includes invitees (people invited onto the property), licensees (people allowed on the property for licensed purposes), and even some trespassers under certain circumstances. The level of care owed to each category can differ.

Premises Liability

Slip and fall cases usually fall under premises liability law. Property owners or occupiers have a legal duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for visitors or customers.

To have a successful slip and fall claim, the injured party (plaintiff) must prove that the property owner or occupier was negligent in maintaining the property. Negligence in this context typically means failing to address hazardous conditions or warning visitors about potential dangers.

In some jurisdictions, the concept of comparative fault comes into play. If your actions also contributed to the accident, the damages awarded may be reduced by the percentage of fault you are assigned in the case.

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