This is the first post in a series which will discuss the handling of slip and fall cases in Fort Worth, Texas. We felt it necessary to write on this topic as many injury victims do not know what steps to take after such an accident. The goal of our coming posts is to provide information which will help residents of our area to know what to expect from the process. We also hope to provide information which will help people make an informed decision when they are selecting a personal injury attorney. If you have been harmed due to the negligence of a property owner then contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- Whether or not a premises owner is liable for an injury
- Steps to take immediately after an injury
- Proving liability on the part of the premises owner or operator
- Going to trial in such a matter
There are several reasons why it is important that injury victims understand such issues. First, many make the mistake of thinking that a property owner is automatically liable when someone slips and injures themselves while on the owner’s premises. This is not the case. An owner will only be responsible if they failed to take reasonable steps to keep the premises safe and if such a failure led to an injury. Second, proving negligence can be a complicated affair. This can involve acquiring security camera footage or maintenance records which can show whether the property was adequately maintained. Third, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible.
It is important to understand that many slip and fall cases can involve serious injuries. Under some circumstances one may be suffering from spinal damage, a head injury, or paralysis. Cases which involve serious harm can often take a substantial amount of time as the defendant’s attorneys will often dispute liability. Defense counsel may also request multiple medical examinations of the Plaintiff. Retaining a firm with the resources necessary to see your case through to completion is crucial to maximizing your recovery.
It is important to select a law firm which handles serious injury cases, stemming from a slip and fall, throughout the greater Fort Worth area. The firm you hire should employ an on-staff investigator and have the resources necessary to deal with the largest of defendants. You should look for these traits in a lawyer regardless of whether you were injured in the Texas counties of Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, and Wise or the cities of Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Haltom City, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Arlington, Keller, Grand Prairie, and Dallas.