Dallas Unsafe Property Injury Lawyer
Tate Law Offices often helps people in Dallas who were injured while on someone else’s property. These unsafe property injuries can result from a number of different hazards, including:
- Wet floors
- Broken steps
- Falling merchandise
- Defective fencing
- Poor stairways or railings
- Bad lighting
- Dangerous activity by the property owner
- Criminal conduct by outside parties.
As our injury lawyers have seen, these injuries can occur on any Dallas residential or commercial property, including a neighbor’s home, commercial retail store, amusement park, sidewalk or parking lot.
These are called premises liability cases. They may also be called slip and fall or negligent security cases. Because Texas premises liability law is complex, it is important to work with a lawyer with experience with these cases.
For instance, your ability to recover compensation for your injuries – and the amount of compensation you can recover – may depend on:
- Your status as a visitor
- Whether the property owner took reasonable steps to repair or warn you about the dangerous condition
- Whether the property owner had knowledge of the unsafe property condition
- Whether the unsafe property condition was concealed or an “open and obvious” danger.
Our lawyers realize what is at stake for you and your family. Our goal will be to seek the maximum amount of compensation for you.
What Should You Do If Injured on Unsafe Property in Dallas?
Before you meet with us in a free, no-obligation consultation, we suggest that you take steps to protect your health and your legal rights:
- Go to a doctor. Get yourself to an emergency room or see a family doctor as soon as possible. This is especially true if you are showing any signs of skull, brain, back, hip, soft tissue or internal organ injuries. You can receive proper treatment and document the extent of your injuries.
- Report your accident to the property owner. If you are too injured, ask a friend or family member to report your accident to the property owner for you. Request a copy of any accident report. You can document your accident and, perhaps, prevent others from suffering injuries due to the same unsafe property condition.
- Gather evidence. Hold on to any photos of the accident or dangerous property condition as well as witness contact information, the clothes you wore, medical bills, insurance company letters and other potential evidence of your accident and the extent of your injuries.
- Don’t talk to others about your accident. Beyond talking about your unsafe property accident with family members, you should avoid discussing it. For instance, you do not need to talk with the property owner’s insurance company. You should also stay away from Facebook and other social media.
- Do speak with an attorney. By working with Tate Law Offices at the start of the claims process, you can avoid the stress of dealing with the insurance companies. You can also be assured that we will be doing everything we can to seek just compensation for you.
How Can Our Lawyers Help After a Dallas Unsafe Property Injury?
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Tate Law Offices offer experienced, knowledgeable representation to those who have been injured in residential and commercial unsafe property accidents.
We will launch a prompt and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your injuries in order to determine whether the property owner’s carelessness caused your injuries.
We work with a team of investigators, safety experts, medical experts and others. They will help us to not only determine responsibility for your injuries but also the extent of harm that you have suffered due to your unsafe property accident. Our goal will be to build the strongest case possible for you.
Our attorneys are able to settle most Dallas unsafe property injury claims out of court. In some cases, we can work with an insurance company to resolve a claim before the need to file a lawsuit.
However, if necessary, our trial attorneys are prepared to take your case to court and go to trial. Please see our attorney bios to learn more about our legal team’s skill and experience in the courtroom.
You can also view our results for examples of unsafe property condition and other case types our firm has handled in the past, and you can read through our testimonials to see how past clients were treated by our firm.
At Tate Law Offices, we can provide you with any needed doctor referrals and help you to obtain medical care even if you do not have health insurance.
We will charge no legal fees or costs unless we get a financial recovery for you.
Can You Bring an Unsafe Property Claim in Dallas?
As we stated above, your ability to pursue an unsafe property claim in Dallas will depend on many factors. As we work on your case, we will closely examine factors that include:
- What was your status as a visitor?
If you were a customer in a store or a visitor to a park, you were likely an invitee. The property owner owed a duty to repair or warn you about any concealed, dangerous conditions that the owner knew or reasonably should have known about (but you would not have known about). However, if you were a guest at a friend’s house, you were likely a licensee. The owner only owed a duty to repair or warn you about unsafe conditions which the owner actually knew about. No duty of care beyond refraining from deliberate harm is owed to adult trespassers. The duty of care is slightly different if the trespasser is a child.
- Did the property owner take reasonable steps to repair or warn you about the dangerous condition?
In some unsafe property injury cases, an issue surrounds the property owner’s “breach” of the duty of care owed to you. Even with invitees, property owners do not owe an “absolute duty” under Texas law or have a responsibility to insure all visitors’ safety. So, to be eligible for compensation, you will need to show that the property owner failed to take ordinary, reasonably steps to either fix the dangerous condition or warn you about it. For example, did the property owner place a “Wet Floor” sign in a freshly mopped lobby?
- Did the property owner have knowledge of the unsafe property condition?
A question may arise in your case concerning the property owner’s actual or constructive knowledge of the unsafe condition. “Constructive knowledge” basically means the property owner reasonably should have known about the condition. If this is an issue in your case, you may need to present evidence about how long the condition existed and whether the owner had received complaints from others about it.
- Was the unsafe property condition concealed or an “open and obvious” danger?
If you had adequate warning about an unsafe condition, or if the condition was “open and obvious,” then it may impact your ability to obtain a full recovery of your damages. Under Texas’ “proportionate responsibility” law, you can be barred from a recovery if you are more than 50 percent responsible for your injuries. Otherwise, your recovery could be reduced in proportion to your percentage of responsibility.
At Tate Law Offices, we have strong familiarity with all of these issues. We also know how to counter insurance company tactics that are aimed at denying just compensation to unsafe property injury victims and their families in Dallas.
What Can You Recover in a Dallas Unsafe Property Claim?
Our goal is to recover maximum compensation for all of the physical, emotional and financial harm you have suffered due to a property owner’s negligence. At Tate Law Offices, we can seek damages for you that include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost past and future earnings
- Physical disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of household services
- Past and future pain and suffering and mental anguish.
You may be eligible to recover compensation even if you aggravated a preexisting injury such as one to your brain, back, neck or hip.
Our goal in every case is to not only recover maximum compensation but also to work hard to ensure you receive the funds you are due as quickly as possible. We know how disruptive an unsafe property injury can be to a person’s life. We want to help you move on from this painful experience.
Connect with Our Dallas Unsafe Property Injury Attorneys Today
In an unsafe property accident case, evidence can be quickly lost or destroyed. That is why it is crucial to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as you are ready.
At Tate Law Offices, we will get to work on your case right away. Get started today by calling or connect with us online. Our initial consultations are always free.