Slip and fall accidents make up a significant number of premises liability claims in Texas. In many cases, victims suffer serious injuries that result in significant medical expenses as well as several weeks, months, or even years of physical therapy.
When a property owner has been negligent regarding his or her property’s maintenance and repairs and should have known about a hazardous condition, and the owner failed to alleviate or repair the condition or alert visitors to the danger, a slip and fall injury victim may recover compensation for a variety of damages. Slip and fall cases in Texas are governed by the statute of limitations. Most statute of limitations allow the victim to file a lawsuit up to two years after learning of his or her injuries. however. with slip and fall accidents we have to consider what is called the ‘two-year clock’. This means the clock starts running on the date the slip and fall occurred, regardless of how much later you determine the extent of your injuries or property damage. There are very rare instances that might “toll” (pause) the clock, but an attorney is almost always required to take advantage of these circumstances.
Slip and fall accidents can be caused by all types of hazardous property conditions such as:
- wet or freshly waxed floors
- rain or snow, especially when it accumulates in walkways and doorways
- an object or clutter obstructing an aisle or walkway
- curled or improperly placed floor mats or doormats
- damaged, aging, or uneven stairs, especially wooden stairs
- large cracks or craters in pavement
- unlit or poorly lit walkways and parking areas