Premises Liability Claims
The term “premises liability” refers to a set of rules that require property owners in Texas to take certain measures that ensure their property is safe for visitors. Anyone, such as a business, that invites others to its premises has certain obligations to the public. There are many types of premises liability claims, including swimming pool accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, amusement park accidents, and so on.
In the case of a business, those are the individuals to whom the business hopes to sell its goods or services. The business must keep its premises reasonably safe from dangers. The business has a duty to take reasonable care to check for these potential dangers. The business must inspect the premises for dangerous risks that may exist, and should maintain procedures to mitigate risks that may be found to exist, either by warning consumers or correcting the danger at issue.
To prevail on a premises liability claim in Texas, a claimant must establish the following 3 elements:
A legal duty owed by the premises owner or occupier to the claimant;
Breach of that legal duty; and
Damages caused by the breach of that legal duty.
The specific duty owed by a premises owner or occupier to the claimant in a premises liability case depends on the classification of the claimant at the time the injury occurred. Visitors are classified as: licensees, invitees, or trespassers. If you have been injured on the premises of a third party, you should (1) get help, (2) take photographs of the area where the injury occurred, (3) obtain contact information including phone and email from any witness, (4) seek medical assistance, and (5) document everything.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury or death on the premises of a third-party, call Collum Law Firm, P.C. today. Joshua Collum has successfully handled many types of premises liability claims. We know how to investigate and prove these claims.