Trip and Fall Accidents in Corpus Christi
Were you or someone you love severely injured in a trip and fall accident in Corpus Christi? If so, you are likely dealing with painful injuries, costly medical expenses, and other out-of-pocket costs that you never anticipated or planned for. When a property owner or manager knew of a dangerous condition on their property and failed to address it or warn you of the hazard, they could owe you fair compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common types of injury claims that fall under a specific area of personal injury law known as premises liability. These accidents can happen anywhere and at any time and are often the result of:
Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven or defective surfaces
- Torn or damaged carpeting or flooring
- Falling objects or debris in walkways
- Merchandise cluttering pedestrian pathways
- Broken stairs, staircase railings, or banisters
- Inadequate lighting
Your Legal Status Matters
To seek compensation for a trip and fall accident in Texas, you’ll need to identify what duty the property owner owed you. Your legal status on the property will be one of three types:
Employees, customers, postal workers, and others are considered to be invitees. They are on the property with the owner’s knowledge, and their presence is mutually beneficial to both parties.
The property owner owes a significant duty of care to invitees. They need to warn invitees of hazardous conditions or address the hazard to make it safe. This goes for any condition that poses an “unreasonable risk” that the owner had actual or constructive knowledge of.
Social guests, salespeople, and others who enter a property for their own benefit are licensees.
The property owner must warn licensees or make safe any condition that could harm them. This means any condition that poses an unreasonable risk of harm that the owner had actual knowledge of, but the licensee did not.
Anyone who enters the property without the owner’s permission or right to do so legally is considered a trespasser. The landowner owes the lowest duty of care to a trespasser, meaning they are expected only to not intentionally injure the person or allow them to be hurt due to gross negligence.
An exception to the rule about trespassers is when the accident involves children. Because of their age and because they are likely unaware of the dangers of trespassing, a property owner could owe trespassing children a duty of care under the “attractive nuisance” doctrine.
Property owners must reasonably protect children on their property from harm, even if they are there without the owner’s knowledge. This applies to artificial conditions like swimming pools, playsets, and others that could be appealing to children and could cause them harm if they are on the property without permission or supervision.
Compensation for a Trip and Fall Accident
While it might be evident to you that a property owner owes you compensation for a trip and fall accident, getting fair compensation is not always simple or straightforward. As mentioned above, you’ll have to demonstrate your legal status on the property and determine what duty you were owed.
You’ll also have to prove that the property owner had knowledge of the condition, which can be challenging. This is particularly difficult to prove in Corpus Christi since the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling in the case Keetch vs. Kroger
established that businesses in the state no longer have a duty to inspect their premises for defects.
While the Keetch vs. Kroger ruling makes it more challenging for plaintiffs to prove that a property owner was aware of a defect or hazardous condition, doing so is not impossible. With an experienced trip and fall lawyer on your side, you could prove your claim and recover compensation including (but not limited to):
Medical bills (both past and present)
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of future earnings (if you’ve become disabled)
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain, suffering, and post-traumatic stress
Time is limited to take legal action for your trip and fall claim. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Texas is two years from the date the accident occurred. Because it takes time to investigate the incident and build a substantial claim, you should contact an experienced premises liability lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Contact a Corpus Christi Trip and Fall Lawyer
For more than two decades, attorney Joe Brad Brock and the team at the Law Office of Joe Brad Brock have been proud to serve those who’ve been injured in Corpus Christi. We are committed to standing up for those who’ve been hurt due to the negligence of others, and we have specific experience handling trip and fall accident cases.
As our many satisfied former clients
agree, our legal team offers top-notch representation and compassionate service to those who hire us. If you’ve been hurt in Corpus Christi or anywhere in the surrounding areas, contact us by calling (361) 884-1086, chatting with us live, or by filling out a contact form today.