Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
If a business is going to open its doors to the public, it has a duty to make sure that it keeps its facility reasonably safe. This means that owners and employees must promptly clean up spills in that business and promptly address any other hazardous conditions. Unfortunately, these businesses do not always take reasonable care—and you may have suffered a slip and fall accident as a result.
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These types of cases can be complex and businesses often employ expensive legal teams to wriggle out of paying victims. But Stewart Guss and his team know their tricks, and they have decades of combined experience winning these types of cases and ensuring slip and fall accident victims get what they deserve.
- Stewart Guss and his team believe in respect, integrity and family values.
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- With decades of combined experience representing victims of slip and fall accidents, we will work tirelessly to recover as much as possible on your claim.
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Slip and fall cases are notoriously difficult to pursue. To win a slip and fall case in Texas, you must prove three basic things:
- That the party responsible for the premises knew or should have known about the dangerous condition
- That the responsible party failed to fix or warn about the dangerous condition
- That the dangerous condition caused the injury
Unfortunately, the law in Texas tends to lean on the side of the business, rather than the side of the injured party. Furthermore, slips and falls typically result in specific physical injuries that may differ from your typical personal injury case. For this reason, you need an experienced slip and fall lawyer like the attorneys at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law to help you navigate the obstacles of your claim and pursue your legal rights.
Slip and Fall Injuries and Losses Can Be Serious
Slips and falls are often assumed to be minor accidents—after all, almost everyone has taken a spill at some point. Many times, slips and falls will simply startle people. Physically, they may suffer little more than small bruises (or bruised egos) and may get up and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, this is not the case in all slip and fall accidents, because this type of accident can cause surprisingly severe injuries.
A person who slips can fall directly forward, backward, or to one side or the other. No matter which way you fall, you rarely have much time to react and catch yourself. And trying to catch yourself can actually result in additional injuries—such as a broken hand or wrist—from the impact with the floor. Because most slip and fall victims have very little control over how—or where—they land, they can suffer a serious blow when they hit the floor or another nearby object.
Many slip and fall injuries require immediate medical attention and may require extensive and costly treatments. Furthermore, the National Safety Council (NSC) indicates that falls—including slips, trips, and falls—are the third leading cause of accident fatal injuries in the United States. Serious injuries that may result from slips and falls include:
Traumatic brain injuries – A traumatic brain injury—commonly referred to as a TBI—can occur any time a person hits or suddenly jolted the head. The damage to the brain tissue can range from mild to severe, though any category of a TBI can have serious effects on a victim. Concussions are a form of a mild TBI, and even a concussion requires medical treatment to prevent any complications or lasting effects. More severe brain injuries can cause ongoing cognitive, physical, and behavioral impairments that can last for months or years and require extensive rehabilitation.
Fractured and broken bones – Many people have broken a bone, and often bones are resilient and completely given time. However, certain types of fractures can cause substantially more serious problems. For example, compound or open fractures often require emergency surgery—and victims may need several surgeries, may not be able to use the damaged body parts for months, and may never fully regain normal use of those body parts. In addition, older adults who slip and fall are at a particularly high risk of breaking a hip, which is a dangerous injury for seniors that often requires surgery.
Soft tissue injuries – Bones are far from the only body parts that a fall can injure. Falls can seriously damage soft tissue—including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Awkward falls can often twist or stretch certain body parts in abnormal and forceful ways. This can result in serious soft tissue sprains, strains, or tears. These painful injuries often require periods of physical therapy and limit a person’s ability to move as usual and complete regular activities at home or work.
Neck and back injuries – Your neck and back work hard to support the upper half of your body every time you move. An injury to part of your neck or back can cause serious pain with almost any movement and can, therefore, restrict your movements. Neck and back injuries can also have unexpected effects, including headaches, sleep problems, numb or tingling extremities, and more. In addition, these injuries can keep you from working, holding your kids, carrying or lifting items, or even from caring for yourself.
Spinal cord injuries – While an injury to any part of your neck or back can hurt, the most serious type of injury in this part of the body is often to the spinal cord. Your spinal cord is vital to the functioning of most of your body, and any injury to the spinal cord can damage functioning below the injured point. Spinal cord injuries can vary in severity, though doctors should immediately evaluate, stabilize, and monitor any damage to the spine. These injuries often require long periods of hospitalization and extensive rehabilitative therapies. Some spinal cord injury victims are left permanently paralyzed.
The above are just some of the many injuries that slip and fall victims can sustain—and that can immediately change their lives forever. Any of these injuries can result in overwhelming losses, including:
- Medical bills for treatments already received
- The estimated costs for future or ongoing treatments—perhaps for the rest of someone’s life
- Lost wages if the injuries kept someone from working
- Lost future earnings power if the injury prevented someone from returning to a previous job, forcing someone to take a lower-paying position, or completely destroyed someone’s ability to work
- Physical pain and suffering caused by the injury
- Emotional trauma from the injury or from the accident itself
- Permanent effects of an injury, including impairments, disfigurement, or disabilities
Of course, losses can differ significantly from one case to another depending on the nature and severity of the injuries. You need an attorney on your side to carefully account for your many losses. Texas slip and fall accident lawyer Stewart Guss understands how to fight for maximum compensation for every single one of his clients and will stand up for your rights as a slip and fall victim.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls
To seek compensation for your slip and fall injuries and losses, you must demonstrate that another party’s negligence caused your accident and injury. Negligence occurs when a party breaches a duty of care and that breach causes an injury. In slip and fall cases, negligence often involves:
- A property owner or business occupying a certain property that has a duty of care to keep the premises safe for visitors and customers
- A property owner or business that fails to keep the property in safe condition, thereby breaching the duty
- A breach of that duty of care, which leads to your slip and fall injuries
- The damages you incurred as a result of your accident and injuries.
A property owner or business can breach the duty of care in many different ways, which can then result in a slip and fall. Most often, this involves allowing a hazard to exist on the premises that the owner or occupant should have discovered through prudent inspection or discovered and did not rectify. Some conditions that lead to slips and falls:
- Wet or slippery floors due to spills or cleaning
- Obstacles jutting out into walkways or in the middle of the floor
- Wires or cords that are not secured to the walls
- Carpet or flooring that is overly worn out and slippery
- Slick ramps or stairs
- Failure to warn customers or visitors of known hazards that owners or occupants cannot immediately fix
In a slip and fall case, a property or business owner or manager must have known about the hazard or should have known about the hazard if they had properly inspected the premises. If something had fallen 10 seconds before you fell and the owner had no time to remove the hazard or warn you about the hazard, you generally cannot hold the owner liable for the accident.
Too often, owners try to claim they could not have known about the hazard when, in reality, they should have known about and fixed it. Attorney Stewart Guss knows how to prove liability in even the most contested cases.
What to Do After Your Slip and Fall Accident
If you are visiting a business or a property and you slip and fall, you can help protect your rights to compensation for your losses. First, if you need emergency treatment, that should be your number one priority. If you can stay at the scene for a few minutes before heading to the emergency room, take pictures of the hazard that caused your fall with your phone if possible.
Report what happened to management so they can file an incident report regarding what happened. Finally, call an experienced personal injury law firm as soon as possible after your fall to begin discussing your legal rights and options.
Contact a Texas Slip and Fall Injury for More Information Today
Did you sustain a slip and fall injury in Houston, Katy, Spring, The Woodlands, Cypress, Tomball, or anywhere in Texas? The Houston slip and fall attorneys at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law have the knowledge, skills, and experience to seek recoveries even in the most difficult cases.
If you were in a slip and fall accident, call the attorneys at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law to 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. To schedule a free case evaluation, call us today at (281) 664-6500 or send us an email through our online contact form. Remember—you pay us nothing up front when we take your case, and you pay us nothing unless and until we’ve won your recovery.
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