Fatal Slip and Fall Accidents
Though it is not common, slip and fall accidents can be fatal. If your loved one suffered deadly injuries in a fall on someone else’s property, call our slip & fall accident attorneys right away. If there is evidence that the property owner or manager’s conduct caused your loved one’s death, then Texas law may entitle you to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you are a surviving parent, spouse, or child, then you and these other surviving relatives may receive compensation.
We Will Identify Who’s Responsible
After a slip and fall accident, you must identify the at-fault and liable party—or parties. The party directly at fault may not be the same party who is responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
Identifying the responsible party often requires a thorough investigation. You do not want to rely on the property owner and their insurer’s conclusions.
We investigate the accident by
- Gathering photos of the property, any video footage of the fall, eyewitness statements, and the incident report.
- Looking at the property owner’s background to determine if similar accidents have occurred on the property before.
- Reviewing how the property owner, manager, or commercial tenant maintains the property.
- Collecting records regarding property inspections, who is responsible for repairs, and how people are warned of hazards.
An issue that commonly arises in slip and fall cases is comparative negligence. Property owners often try to defend themselves and deny liability by claiming the hazard was open and obvious. Typically, owners and managers are not liable for injuries sustained due to open and obvious dangers.
During our investigation, we will carefully consider whether the defect that caused your slip and fall would be considered open and obvious. Would a reasonably prudent person have noticed the hazard? Or would the average person not have reasonably observed the hazard in time to avoid it?
When the property owner attempt to deny liability, we may have one or more experts to testify regarding the cause of the slip and fall, the condition of the property, and the property owner or manager’s wrongdoing.
Slip and Fall Compensation
When another party is responsible for your slip and fall, the law might entitle you to your past and future physical, psychological, and financial injuries.
A slip and fall lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Income
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Physical Limitations
- Reduced Earning Potential
- Reduced Quality of Life
Your economic injuries can be established with the use of your pay stubs, tax returns, medical bills, and receipts for injury-related expenses. If your earning potential has decreased, we may hire vocational and economic experts to discuss the differences between your pre- and post-accident earning capacities.
Your non-economic damages require evidence of the type and severity of your injuries. We will use your medical records, photos of your injuries, daily journal entries regarding your pain, and a medical expert’s testimony to establish your injuries, pain and suffering, and distress.