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Injured on Another’s Property in Bexar County? Call Our Firm.

Have you been injured while on another’s property? If so, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner or manager. At the Law Offices of Troy A. Brookover, we represent those who have been injured as a result of unsafe conditions on another’s property in San Antonio or the surrounding areas in Bexar County, Texas. We are passionate about helping accident victims and their families seek justice and fair compensation for the injuries, losses, or other harm they have experienced.

If you were injured, we recommend moving quickly to discuss your options with a San Antonio premises liability lawyer. We also recommend taking pictures at the scene and documenting as much as possible immediately after the incident. The property owner may try to cover up the incident or repair the hazard, making it difficult to prove that a hazard was present. Photographs and other physical evidence, along with an attorney’s early involvement, can serve to protect your right to compensation.

Call (210) 321-9792 today for a free consultation and case review! We serve Bexar County and all of Texas from our San Antonio law offices.

What Is Premises Liability?

In Texas, private property owners are legally responsible for the safety of the general public while on the premises. This liability applies to property that is used by visitors, guests, employees, or business associates, and may include various hazards or dangerous conditions that could cause harm to a lawful visitor.

A premises liability claim may be applicable after the following:

  • Slip and fall accident
  • Injury caused by a falling object
  • Elevator or escalator accident
  • Faulty or neglected equipment on the property
  • Inadequate security
  • Assaults on another’s property
  • Sexual assault
  • Theft, burglary, or robbery

If the property owner neglected to address unsafe or hazardous conditions or failed to take steps to prevent personal injury, and you suffered an injury as a result of their negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. According to the law, property owners are responsible for all incidents or accidents occurring on their premises which result in damage or injury to any person. Any facility, practice, or place of business must be held accountable for attacks, assaults, accidents, or other incidents.

Determine Negligence in a Premises Liability Claim

Suffering an injury on someone else’s property does not necessarily mean that the property owner is directly liable for it. The details surrounding both your accident and the hazard that contributed to or caused it are important. You might be surprised to find that property owners can escape liability in many situations if they had not been “unreasonable” in how they handled a hazard on their property.

Typically, a property owner needs to have a “reasonable” amount of time to be aware of a hazard and then take steps to correct it once they know about it. Failing to take reasonable steps at that point to protect guests, visitors, clients, and customers could make the property owner liable for damages resulting in a consequent accident. On the other hand, if a property owner never knew about the danger or did not get enough time to remove it before an accident occurred, then they might have little to no liability placed on them.

Consider these two examples involving a slip and fall accident in a grocery store:

  • Lack of liability: A stranger spills milk in the dairy aisle next to you while shopping. She hurries off and you try to step over it, but you slip, fall, and get hurt. In this situation, there is no reasonable way the store owner and clerks could have known about the spilled milk to clean it up and prevent your fall. As such, the only liability for your injuries would likely fall on the stranger.
  • Property owner neglect: Someone spills juice in the aisle at the grocery store, a clerk sees it, and pages repeatedly for a janitor to clean it up. You are distracted by your grocery list while shopping, so you do not hear the multiple loudspeaker pages for a mop on the juice aisle. When you round the corner of the aisle, you slip in the spill, fall, and get hurt. In this case, the store’s employees were fully aware of the hazard yet made no appropriate attempt to clean it in a reasonable amount of time. At the least, the clerk could have stayed by the spill and warned people about it as they approached. The lack of care in this situation would place fault on the store and likely validate a premises liability claim.

To find out if you have a claim, call San Antonio premises liability attorney Troy A. Brookover at (210) 321-9792 today!


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