Can I Pursue Legal Action After a Sidewalk Accident in Texas?

If you were injured in a sidewalk accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled Houston sidewalk accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Who can be held responsible for a sidewalk accident in Texas?

Even though many people may think that their city or municipality is responsible for maintaining the sidewalks, in many cases, this responsibility falls on the property owner. For example, if you slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of another person’s home, the homeowner may be accountable. This can also happen with stores, restaurants, municipal buildings, etc. Because of this, figuring out who is responsible for a sidewalk accident is not always easy, which is why it is essential to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

You will also want to note that if a weather event occurs, property owners have a specific amount of time to clear the snow and ice from their property for the safety of walkers. If an accident occurs after this allocated time frame, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries. Do not wait to reach out to our firm today to learn more about whether or not your injury happened outside this time frame.

What steps should I take when pursuing legal action?

If you were injured in a sidewalk accident, it is your responsibility to provide as much evidence as possible to increase your chances of having a successful personal injury claim. The best way to collect evidence is by taking the following steps after your accident:

  • Call 911
    • The police can dispatch an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, consult with witnesses, keep the premises safe, and more.
  • Seek medical attention
    • It is critical to go to the hospital, your doctor, or a local urgent care facility instantly after an accident occurs. You will want to do this because it is likely that you could have sustained a serious injury without discovering it. Also, some injuries do not start to display symptoms until days or even weeks later. Furthermore, you can obtain important documentation that the origin and extent of your injuries. You will want to ask your doctor for this critical information.
  • Document the scene
    • Take plenty of photos and videos of the dangerous conditions that caused your accident to occur. If someone saw the accident occur, you will want to ask for their name and contact information, so that they can corroborate your version of events at a later time.
  • File your claim on time
    • The state of Texas has a statute of limitations for personal injury accidents. In most cases, the deadline is typically two years from the date of the accident. If you do not file in time, you will likely lose the opportunity to file entirely and obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today to speak with a skilled Houston premises liability lawyer.

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