Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident in El Paso, TX? Business and property owners are supposed to keep their premises safe for visitors. If they failed to fix or warn you of a slipping hazard, they could be liable for your injuries.
Our El Paso slip and fall accident lawyers at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers can help you hold the at-fault party responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages related to your fall. Our legal team has almost five decades of experience in personal injury law. We’ve recovered tens of millions for our injured clients.
How Mission Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Slip and Fall Accident in El Paso
If you slipped and fell on another party’s property, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Plain and simple.
Often, a property or liability insurer will be responsible for your losses. Our El Paso personal injury lawyers can help you identify the liable parties in your case and explore your options for recovering compensation.
We have nearly 50 years of combined experience helping injury victims recover top awards for their injury claims. Indeed, we’ve recovered tens of millions for our clients. Our attorneys’ success has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”
When you enlist us to represent you, we will:
- Offer trusted legal advice at every stage of your claim
- Investigate your accident to gather evidence and identify liable parties
- Calculate your losses from medical bills, lost income, and other damages
- Consult with leading Texas experts to strengthen your case, if necessary
- Handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company
- Take your case to trial to get what’s fair
Contact our El Paso, Texas law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our El Paso personal injury attorneys work on contingency, so you pay nothing unless we win your case.
We Handle All Slip and Fall Cases in El Paso, TX
Slips and falls can happen anywhere, from a business to a home to a public sidewalk. But they usually have one thing in common: a property owner that has failed to fix or warn of dangerous conditions on the property.
If you slipped and fell at a business or property, our lawyers can help you hold the property owner accountable. We handle all types of slip and fall cases in El Paso, including those that happen at or on:
- Big box stores, including Target, Walmart, and Lowe’s
- Grocery stores
- Nursing homes
- Government buildings
- Shopping malls
- Parking lots
- Sidewalks and more
If you were injured on one of these premises, do not delay. Call our law firm or submit a contact form online to schedule your consultation with a slip and fall lawyer in El Paso.
Common Causes of Trips, Slips, and Falls in Texas
Around 8 million people visit the emergency room with slip-and-fall-related injuries every year. Any obstruction or slippery substance can cause a slip, trip, or fall.
The most common causes of fall accidents in El Paso are:
- Uneven flooring or sidewalks
- Unsecured or uneven carpets or rugs
- Loose electrical cords or wiring
- Spilled food, drinks, or other slippery substances
- Damaged stairways
- Missing or unsecured hand railings
- Poor lighting
- Accumulation of water, rain, snow, or ice
Business and property owners have a duty to keep their guests reasonably safe from such hazards. If you slipped or tripped due to one of these conditions, you may be eligible for a sizable monetary award.
What Injuries Do Slips and Falls Typically Cause?
The term “slip and fall” sounds like a minor accident. One you can brush off and forget about. However, falls are one of the leading causes of serious and fatal injuries. Five percent of slip and fall victims suffer fractures. Many fall injuries have permanent consequences for victims.
Mission Personal Injury Lawyers helps accident victims who have suffered the following injuries in a fall:
- Back injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and concussions
- Neck injuries
- Hip injuries
- Knee injuries
- Ankle injuries
- Wrist and arm injuries
Some falls can cause fatal injuries, especially for older adults and workers in dangerous jobs. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a slip and fall incident, contact Mission Personal Injury Lawyers to discuss your options.
What Damages Are Available in Slip and Fall Accident Cases?
There are two primary forms of damages available to victims of slips and falls. Economic damages will cover your financial losses related to the fall.
These damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage
- Travel costs to and from medical appointments
You will usually be able to substantiate these losses with documentation of some kind, such as receipts, invoices, or bills. In the case of future losses, you may need expert witness testimony to help establish your damages.
Non-economic damages will compensate for your personal, non-financial losses. The ones without a price tag.
These losses cover:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced quality of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of consortium
Non-economic losses, when available, can make up a substantial portion of your damage award. The best way to determine what your case is worth and what damages are available in your case is to consult an experienced El Paso slip and fall lawyer.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Slip and Fall in TX?
Business and property owners have certain duties to guests. However, these duties differ based on why a visitor was on the property. There are three different “entrant categories” in Texas: invitee, licensees, and trespassers.
Invitees are on a premises for the benefit of the property owner. The most common example of an invitee is a customer at a business. Business and property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care.
They must fix dangerous conditions on their property that could cause harm to guests or warn guests of hazards that can’t be fixed immediately. They must also routinely inspect their premises to identify potential dangers.
Licensees are on a premises for their own benefit or for a mutual benefit with the landowner. The most common example of a licensee is a social guest. Property owners owe a lower duty of care to licensees than invitees.
Property owners just have a duty to warn licensees of known dangers on their property. They don’t have to inspect their properties for hidden dangers.
Trespassers are on a premises without the owner’s permission. Property owners generally owe no duty to trespassers. However, they can’t intentionally harm the trespasser.
Property owners may owe a duty to child trespassers if they have an attractive nuisance on their property. The most common example of an attractive nuisance is a swimming pool. In such cases, a property owner may need to put a fence around the attractive nuisance or take other measures to protect young children from the danger.
If a business or property owner failed to fix or warn you of a dangerous (slippery) condition on their property, they are likely liable for any injuries that result from your fall.
You will still have to prove the typical elements of negligence, including:
- Duty – You will have to prove why you were on the property and establish the duty the property owner owed you.
- Breach – You will have to show how they breached that duty, e.g., failing to clean up a spill on the floor or place a warning sign near a damaged stairwell.
- Causation – You will have to prove the breach caused your injury.
- Damages – You will have to show you suffered financial losses like medical bills or lost wages.
Call Mission Personal Injury Lawyers today to begin building a strategy to prove your negligence claim.
What Happens If I Share Fault for My Fall?
You can bet that the insurance company or property owner will try to blame you for your fall in El Paso. They may claim you were distracted and weren’t paying attention to your surroundings when you fell. Why do they do this?
Under Texas comparative fault rules, a defendant can completely escape liability for your injuries if they can prove you were 51% or more at fault for your fall. This is known as a 51% bar. Even if they can only prove you’re 50% or less at fault, a court or insurer will reduce your damages to account for your share of fault. For example, if you have $100,000 in damages but are 40% at fault, you can only recover $60,000 (60%).
The insurers and at-fault property owners stand to gain a lot by blaming you for your fall. But allegations of comparative negligence aren’t always true. An El Paso slip and fall attorney can challenge any accusations that you share fault for your injuries and work to get you the full value of your damages.
How Long Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Claim in Texas?
You won’t have endless time to file a claim after your slip and fall. Texas places a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. Typically, you’ll have two years to file a lawsuit after your accident. The clock will start running on the date of your accident.
If you fail to file a slip and fall case within two years of your fall, you will not be able to recover any compensation. Claims against government agencies are subject to an even shorter deadline.
An experienced lawyer can help you figure out the statute of limitations in your case. Contact Mission Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation.
Contact an Experienced El Paso Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer for Help With Your Claim
Don’t let a business or property owner off the hook for your slip and fall injuries. It was their responsibility to maintain premises free from fall hazards. They didn’t, and you got hurt.
Mission Personal Injury Lawyers is ready to put the full weight of our skills and experience behind your case. We’re ready to help you regain your financial stability and move forward after your accident.
Contact our law team today to schedule a free consultation with an El Paso slip and fall accident lawyer. We’re standing by to take your call.