This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of slip and fall cases in Laredo and other south Texas areas. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic as, for obvious reasons, many injury victims may be unsure of how to proceed when they have been hurt on another’s property. An important thing to remember in such situations is that immediate steps must be taken to protect your interests. These steps can include demanding the preservation of evidence and seeking immediate medical care. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one have been injured then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed a number of topics over my recent articles. The issues which I have analyzed include:
- When a property owner is liable for a fall
- Damage calculations for premises liability cases
- Why slip & fall cases can take time to settle
- Discovery in premises liability cases
- What to expect at a slip & fall trial
- Retaining a slip & fall attorney
There are multiple reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, simply falling on another’s property does not mean that the owner of the premises will be responsible. The owner or operator of a property will only be responsible for an injury if it is shown that they had a duty to ensure the safety of others and that they failed to meet that obligation. Second, damage calculations in such matters can be complicated as such cases can involve future losses and medical care if the victim was seriously injured. Third, such cases can take substantial time to resolve if the victim was seriously injured. This is due to the fact that a long-term prognosis must be ascertained before a demand letter can be sent to the defendant’s insurance company. Fourth, discovery is crucial to establishing liability as it can show what actions a defendant took, or failed to take, in keeping the property safe. Fifth, knowing what to expect at trial can help to ensure that the matter goes smoothly. Finally, the appropriate selection of an attorney can impact how your case is handled.
One point I stressed through each of these articles is that it is important to retain counsel who is familiar with handling such matters. These types of cases can require the retention of experts and a knowledge of what information to request during discovery. By retaining an attorney who actually practices personal injury law, you help to ensure that your rights remain protected. I am a Laredo lawyer who practices in the area of injury law and I am able to assist you with slip & fall cases. Contact my office today if you have been injured.