Dallas Slip & Fall Accident Attorney
One of the most common types of premises liability collisions that we encounter in Dallas are slips, trips, and falls. Slip and fall collisions are not always the fault of a property owner; in some cases, a plaintiff’s own distraction leads to a slip and fall. However, in many other cases, a property owner is at least partially responsible for dangerous slip and fall collisions. Even if you are partly to blame for your slip and fall, you can still receive compensation in Texas.
What to Expect During a Slip and Fall Case
The lawyers at the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz in Dallas have handled numerous slip and fall collision cases and know the appropriate steps to take in order to win a settlement. First, we help determine who is responsible for your collision. Determining fault in a slip and fall collision often requires a professional personal injury attorney’s help. You may immediately know who is to blame for a slip and fall collision, or you may not. You are likely dealing with an injury and probably do not know how to start an investigation into your collision.
The at-fault party may be the property owner/possessor, a store owner, or a staff member. The location and circumstances of your slip and fall collision will help identify the defendant. If you slipped and fell on private property, for example, the defendant would most likely be the property owner. A slip and fall collision on a cruise ship, on the other hand, may be the fault of a negligent staff member. Our attorneys will launch a full investigation into the nature of your collision to identify exactly who was responsible.
Next, we will file a claim against the defendant if appropriate. The claim will include your complaint, who the parties are, a description of your collision, who you believe is responsible, and how much you are asking for the negligence. The defendant will have to respond to the claims, at which point you will enter the discovery phase. This period of time is when both parties learn as much as possible about your case.
We can settle many slip and fall cases satisfactorily without going to court, during pre-trial conferences. The benefit of settling a case during mediation is that it saves you the cost and time of going to court. If going to court gives you your best odds of receiving the settlement you deserve, however, our attorneys have over 35 years of trial experience. We will represent you during trial proceedings, using evidence gathered during the investigation and discovery to prove the defendant’s fault for your slip and fall injuries.
Recoveries in Slip and Fall Cases
When you pursue compensation for a slip and fall case, you are taking a stand against property owner negligence. Filing a personal injury claim is the only way to hold a negligent property owner responsible for his or her actions or inactions and to seek financial retribution for damages. The recovery you can receive may include payment for medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost quality of life, and lost wages.
The amount of your compensation will vary based on the circumstances and extent of your injury. If the courts find you partially responsible for your slip and fall collision, Texas’ comparative negligence laws mandate that they will deduct your percentage of fault from your total compensation. These laws generally help plaintiffs in slip and fall collisions, since a common defense is that a plaintiff could have avoided the hazardous obstacle.
If you are ready to start your journey toward healing after a harmful slip and fall collision, contact us today. During your free, no-obligation consultation with one of our lead attorneys, we will determine if you have grounds for a personal injury case in Dallas.