If a person injured while living in or visiting another person's property can prove the owner's negligence caused the injury, that owner may be deemed liable, or legally responsible, for the harm. Harm resulting from this type of injury can take a variety of forms, including financial hardship arising from medical bills or lost earnings, emotional distress, or permanent physical disability, including disfigurement. You may have grounds for a lawsuit if you sustained this kind of injury, and you believe it was due to the negligence of the owner of the premises.
Premises liability lawsuits can result in the following situations:
- falling merchandise in a warehouse or store strikes and injures a customer;
- flaking lead paint in an old apartment causes lead poisoning in the children who consumer the paint chips;
- a dog mauls or bites a neighbor; and
- a customer trips and falls on uneven pavement in the parking lot.
To prevail in a premises liability case, the plaintiff must be able to show that the owner of the property did not properly maintain the property, or that the owner created a hazardous situation that directly contributed to the injury. The plaintiff must also show that the owner was aware of the hazard but failed to inform visitors or tenants, that he or she failed to correct hazardous conditions that could attract children, or that the owner did something—or failed to do something—that damaged an adjacent property.
If you live in Houston or anywhere in Texas, and you believe you have suffered an injury because of a property owner's negligence, call us at 713-869-7030 (or toll free at 1-800-499-9893), or contact us through our website for a free consultation to discuss how to best proceed with your case.