If you are injured on the property of another due to carelessness or negligence, improper maintenance or a dangerous condition, you have the right to make a claim for damages. Businesses owe a duty to the public to maintain their premises in a safe condition, free from hazards to the public. If you are injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall incident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.
You may be injured, you may have questions about “what to do next,” and you may not even know where to start. Our Houston premises liability lawyers offer a FREE consultation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call us right now at 800-898-4877, or click HERE to send us a question, or get more information. There is NO cost to get a free consultation right now. If you decide to hire us, you pay us nothing up front, and you will pay absolutely nothing at all unless and until we’ve won your case.
Why Choose Our Team?
If you are the victim of an accident due to the fact that the property owner did not take reasonable steps to insure your safety (reasonable care), you may be able to recover damages. Premises liability cases can be complex, and there may be several different avenues or strategies available to maximize your recovery. Stewart Guss is an attorney with nearly 20 years experience handling premises liability cases.
- Stewart Guss and his team believe in respect, integrity and family values
- Our attorneys and staff will always be there for you!
- With decades of combined experience, Stewart Guss and his team will work tirelessly to recover as much as possible on your premises liability claim
- Premises liability cases can be complex, and there may be several different avenues or strategies available to maximize your recovery
- And, you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case!
Choose an Attorney with Strength and Experience
Premises liability accidents often require more investigation and documentation than other types of injury cases. Also, your case may need an expert witness to help establish your case against the Defendant. Stewart Guss and his team have handled many premises liability cases and they have the knowledge and experience to effectively document and present your claim and recover the maximum damages possible.
Whether you have a slip and fall claim, a trip and fall claim, or any other type of premises liability claim, Stewart and his team will work tirelessly to get you the maximum recovery to which you are entitled. With decades of combined experience in premises liability claims, Stewart and his team know how to seek more for your claim.
If you´ve been injured on someone else´s property, call Attorney Guss and talk about it. Do not sign anything until you speak with us because you risk losing some or all of the compensation that is due to you.
Houston Premises Liability FAQs
When we visit a building or facility, we expect it to be safe. This isn’t just a reasonable expectation—it’s a legal obligation of property owners, renters, and occupants to maintain their premises.
However, they don’t always abide by this. Irresponsible landlords let properties deteriorate and become hazardous. Unscrupulous business owners cut corners with routine maintenance and upkeep. People with swimming pools fail to secure them. The list of ways property owners, renters, and occupants can be negligent goes on and on.
When irresponsible people fail to secure their properties, innocent people like you can be injured—sometimes severely or even fatally. These injuries can result in tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. (Did you know medical debt is the number one reason people file for bankruptcy?)
Don’t let that be your fate. The law is on your side, and you are able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the negligent property owner, renter, or occupant within two years of your injury’s occurrence. Through a lawsuit like this, you can recover damages (monetary rewards) for both your tangible and intangible injuries. But don’t try it alone! You need an experienced and competent legal team in your corner that is 100% committed to fighting for your bills to be paid in full, and to see that justice is served in your case.
What Are Some Common Types of Premises Liability Injuries?
There are so many ways that you can be injured on someone else’s property. The possibilities are practically endless. Below are some common types of situations that can lead to injuries and subsequent successful premises liability lawsuits.
- Slips and falls: All businesses that are open to the public are obligated to keep their premises safe for individuals who enter. Measures that businesses should take to ensure the safety of their customers include warning patrons that floors are wet, cleaning up spills right after they happen, and inspecting for dangerous conditions, like broken lights, handrails, or staircases. When business owners fail to do this, the injuries that victims of their negligence suffer can range from minor to severe. Victims may end up with broken or sprained bones, head injuries, or bruised or broken ribs.
- Unprotected swimming pools: Homeowners and the owners of public swimming pools have to make sure that there are certain safety precautions in place— like fences or other barriers—to keep individuals out of the pool when it’s not open for business or when it is otherwise unsupervised. . Head and brain injuries can also occur when pool depth is not properly noted. These precautions are especially crucial when small children are present.
- Criminal activity due to inadequate security and preventive measures: Visitors to a business may become the victim of criminal activity, such as assault or theft. Businesses who are aware of this risk in their area MUST provide adequate security and take precautions to protect their patrons.
- Falling objects: Injuries at construction sites due to falling objects are common. Companies who fail to provide safety gear like hard hats to employees or adequate signage and warnings of the possibility of falling objects can be held liable for injuries individuals suffer on their properties from being hit by objects.
- Dog or other animal attacks: If owners, renters, or occupants are aware of their pet’s tendency to be violent or bite, they can be held responsible for any injuries that those animals cause. Victims of dog and other animal bites can suffer face injuries or cuts that result in major blood loss or infection.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, contact the team at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, right away so that we can get started on your suit!
How Do I prove Someone Else is Responsible for my Injuries?
To win your premises liability lawsuit, you have to show all of the specific facts listed below related to the owner, renter, or occupant.
- The condition posed a risk.
- The owner, renter, or occupant knew or should have known that the condition was dangerous.
- The negligence of the owner, renter, or occupant caused your injury.
Owners, renters, and occupants will fight hard to refute these claims. They might try to say your injuries existed before you entered their property or that they had no way of knowing the dangerous condition existed. Unscrupulous owners, renters, occupants , and their insurance companies are always reluctant to pay out for injuries in premises liability cases. In fact, these companies have teams of lawyers who do nothing but try to settle for the least amount possible! Don’t face off against these people alone.
How much is my case worth?
You are probably wondering how much your injuries are worth and how much money you may be able to collect. While the unique conditions of each and every case mean there’s no guarantee, we can tell you the law provides for two types of damages: economic and non-economic.
- Economic damages are actual monetary losses that you suffer. Think of them as things you receive a bill for, such as ambulance rides, hospital stays, surgeries, diagnostic tests, therapy, maid service or childcare, medication, lost wages (present and future), specialized medical equipment, or even dental repairs. . To recover these costs, you have to document EVERYTHING! Be sure to keep bills you receive and receipts from purchases you make. It’s also critical that you track how much time you miss from work due to your injuries. Be sure to factor in any missed tips, retirement contributions, and commissions.
- Non-economic damages are more intangible losses – things you can’t put a price tag on. You may be able to receive compensation for your emotional pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of limbs, or resulting disabilities. .
What Can the Attorneys at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, Do for Me?
We know this can be a confusing and overwhelming time for you. You may be intimidated, but our team of experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate attorneys and legal professionals aren’t. We’re here for you every step of the way. We will fight relentlessly until you see justice.
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Negotiation is an important part of any premises liability lawsuit. Our experienced negotiators know when to push hard and when to back off, and we will sit down with you to evaluate any settlement offers you receive with our expert advice and opinions. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but we will never shut down negotiations and are prepared to take your case to trial in a juried courtroom if needed. Our experience with premises liability lawsuits, our knowledge of the law, and our familiarity with the practices of insurance companies allow us to provide you with top-notch trial counsel, and we have the litigation skills needed to succeed in court.
What if my loved one died on someone else’s property?
Sometimes, victims of negligent owners, renters, and occupants are fatally injured. If your loved one has been killed as a result of negligence on the part of an owner, renter, or occupant , you’re left not only with a gaping hole in your heart, but a mountain of medical bills piling up as well. . Then there are the funeral and burial costs, which are not cheap. Finally, if your loved one was the main breadwinner or provider of lots of services to your family, you will be left in an even bigger bind.
The law allows the family members of those who are fatally injured on another’s property to file what is called a wrongful death lawsuit. With a few certain exceptions, these suits must be filed within a short two years from the date of death.
Who can file?
Not just anyone can file a wrongful death suit. The only people who can file are:
- The surviving spouse
- The surviving adult or minor child (legally adopted or blood)
- Surviving parents (legally adopted or blood)
- The personal representative of the estate of the deceased person
Just like when an injured victim files a premises liability lawsuit, the type and amount of damages a family member may recover in a wrongful death suit vary depending on the facts of the case, but commonly-awarded damages include the following:
- Damages the deceased could have collected from the moment of the injury until death. This includes medical expenses, pain and suffering before death, funeral and burial costs, and lost wages.
- Losses the surviving family member suffered, such as lost support and care, mental and emotional pain and suffering, lost inheritance, and the loss of comfort and companionship.
- Exemplary damages. While less commonly awarded, exemplary damages are intended to make an example out of the person responsible for the death of your loved one. Courts only award these damages if gross negligence or a willful act or omission by the negligent party caused your loved one’s death.
While no amount of money can adequately compensate you for the loss of your loved one, the law attempts to provide some relief and compensation for the devastating loss you have suffered. An experienced premises liability lawyer can fight for your rights and hold the person responsible for your loved one’s death accountable.
What if the responsible party is charged with a crime and acquitted?
It’s important to remember that wrongful death and premises liability suits are civil matters and are completely separate from any criminal proceeding, so it doesn’t matter if the responsible party was charged with – and subsequently acquitted of – a crime. The burden of proof for civil suits is only a preponderance of the evidence; accordingly, you must show that it is more likely than not that the defendant caused your injuries. This is a significantly lower standard than the beyond a reasonable doubt burden that the government must show in a criminal matter.
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The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is nationally recognized for protecting the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years. Call us right away for a free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you won’t owe us a DIME unless we recover compensation for you. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for FREE, so call us today at 800-898-4877, or contact us online by CLICKING HERE.
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