Whether shopping for groceries or meeting with a potential client at their office, suffering an injury is often the last thing on your mind for the day. However, accidents do happen, so knowing what to expect is crucial. If injured due to a negligent business failing to ensure their property is safe, the following blog explores how you can hold them liable for any damages you’ve suffered. You’ll also discover how a Houston premises liability lawyer can assist you through these challenging times.
What Kind of Injuries Are Common on Business Properties?
Unfortunately, the most common accidents that occur on business properties are slips and falls. These are the result of negligence on staff and the property owners. For example, if merchandise is left on the floor, wet spots are not marked, loose carpeting is not fixed, and handrails are left broken, it may cause a significant number of injuries. These include broken bones, head and neck injuries, brain damage, lacerations, sprains, and scarring.
Another kind of accident that can impact patrons of a business establishment includes being struck by objects in the location. Common incidents include being hit by improperly installed fixtures, poorly stocked merchandise, or objects from employees doing work. Most frequently, head, neck, spinal cord, and brain injuries result from being hit by an object.
Additional injuries can come from inadequate fire safety measures, broken elevators or escalators, and failure to properly secure the building.
Can I Hold a Negligent Business Liable for Damages?
If you are injured while on a business property due to their negligence, you are likely eligible to file a claim against the party to recover damages. Generally, these include economic damages, like hospital bills, the cost of doctor’s office visits, any rehabilitation measures necessary, lost wages, and the cost of medical equipment.
You may also be able to recover non-economic damages, which cover things like pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, humiliation, and disabilities suffered as a result.
To hold the business liable, you’ll need to prove their negligence in the matter. Texas is a comparative negligence state, meaning you can recover damages, so long as you are not more than 50% liable for the injury you’ve suffered. It’s also important to understand that you’ll only have two years from the date of your injury to pursue compensation, so you must act quickly.
When you’re hurt, the Gonzalez Law Group is here to help. Our dedicated legal team has the experience you need to guide you through the complexities of a personal injury case. We understand how devastating these injuries can be, which is why we’re ready to fight for the compensation you deserve when a negligent business is the cause of your pain. Contact our office today to discuss the details of your case with a member of our team.