A slip and fall can happen anywhere. It can happen at the grocery store or mall, it can happen at work. It can even happen at a friend’s or neighbor’s house. Slip and falls account for more back injuries than you may think.. This is why it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
If you suffer a slip and fall, you will likely have injuries. Some of these injuries may include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Sprains and strains of wrists
- Facial disfigurement
- Cuts and broken bones
- Traumatic brain or head injuries
All of these can be painful. They can also be costly. You will have medical bills to pay. You will miss work. Someone should pay for these things. If someone else was at fault, you need a good Houston, TX slip and fall attorney. Contact McDonald Worley for a free consultation.
Slip and Fall Lawyers Know the Law
Texas has laws that protect you in a slip and fall. Depending on who was at fault, you may have a legal claim. If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you will have to decide who to pursue. This is when it’s important to have a slip and fall lawyer. They will help you decide between:
- Pursuing the person’s insurance company
- Filing a suit against the individual for personal injury
- Combining these two options.
You will want to let your personal injury lawyer know how the fall happened. If it happened in a grocery store, the store may be responsible. Was the floor wet? Were there signs up stating the floor was slippery? The store may have been negligent. If so, your lawyer may want to pursue the larger corporation rather than just file an insurance claim. If your injuries are extensive, it makes sense to go after the deep pockets.
Should the accident have taken place at a friend’s house, you may want to file a claim against their insurance company. You don’t want to ruin your relationship with your friend. Your friend may also have no money to pay if you do sue. You want to have your bills paid so you may want to go the insurance route instead.
Let the Slip and Fall Attorneys at McDonald Worley Fight for You
Whether you go after the insurance company or the party responsible, you will have an uphill battle. First, you need to prove that you were hurt. Next, you have to prove that it wasn’t your fault. Your Houston, TX attorney has a lot of experience doing this. You do not.
Houston, TX also has a comparative negligence law. This law basically states that if you are partly at fault, your compensation will be lower. For example, your settlement and award will be lower if any of the following are true:
- You were in a section of a house or store that you were not allowed to enter
- Weren’t paying attention to where you were walking (i.e. Were texting)
- Were wearing shoes that weren’t appropriate (i.e. flipflops on a construction site)
- The dangerous condition was made obvious with cones or signs
- You were drunk or impaired
- Were specifically told about the dangerous condition and ignore it
- You should have noticed the dangerous condition since it was obvious
Your attorney will try to get this information from you ahead of time. He will ask specific questions to see if you are partially at fault. He will also work hard to defend you against claims of comparative negligence. This information will be used to try to settle your case out of court.
How a Slip and Fall Attorney Can Get You the Money You Deserve
After you seek medical attention, you want to call a slip and fall attorney in Houston, TX. The attorneys at McDonald Worley have decades of experience in slip and fall cases. They will get you the money you deserve.
Keep in mind, in Texas, you only have two (2) years from the date of the accident to sue. Do not wait until the last minute to hire an attorney. Any attorney needs time to prepare a case and file a suit. If the two years runs out, your luck will too. You cannot file suit more than 2 years later. It is grounds for automatic dismissal.
If you are pursuing an insurance company, you have even less time to proceed. Most insurance companies require that you file your claim within a few days of the accident. The more time that goes by, the harder it is to prove your case.
Call McDonald Worley for your free initial consultation. They can answer any questions or concerns. You pay nothing unless you win your case.