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Premises Safety


The property owner or manager is not the insurer of the safety of persons on the premises. The duty of care owed by the owner may vary depending on whether the person injured on the premises was an invitee, guest or trespasser.

Dallas Premises Liability | Slip, Trip & Fall Attorneys

Premises liability is an area of law that holds property owners or managers legally responsible for accidents that occur on their property due to unsafe conditions. Premises liability laws are complex, so if you have been injured while on someone else’s property, you are encouraged to speak to a lawyer who can help you understand and protect your legal rights.

The property owner or manager is not the insurer of the safety of persons on the premises. The duty of care owed by the owner may vary depending on whether the person injured on the premises was an invitee, guest or trespasser.

In order to bring a successful premises liability lawsuit in Texas, you must be able to prove each of the following six elements:

  1. A condition existed on the property owner/manager’s premises that posed an unreasonable risk of harm to a person present on the property.
  2. The property owner/manager knew, or should have known in the exercise of ordinary care, that the condition of their premises posed an unreasonable risk of harm.
  3. The property owner/manager should have anticipated that a person on the premises would not discover the danger or would fail to protect themselves against it.
  4. The property owner/manager was negligent in that they created the condition, knew about the condition and negligently failed to correct it or should have known about the condition.
  5. The plaintiff was injured.
  6. The condition of the property owner/manager’s premises caused the plaintiff’s injury.

A person creating a condition causing the injury, while acting under direction of the owner or possessor, may also be liable. A property owner is generally liable for dangerous conditions on the property, such as dead trees overhanging a walkway, negligently maintained stores, parking lots, stairways and driveways. If you have a potential premises liability claim, the lawyers at McLarty Pope can help you.

Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents and Injuries

A slip and fall accident is a form of personal injury claim that involves a person being injured on another’s property due to a hazardous condition. The victim may slip, trip and fall because of an object in a walkway, a wet or freshly waxed floor, a missing stair, poor lighting or any similar situation. In these cases, the property owner and the victim may be held responsible in varying degrees. The degree of responsibility will vary depending upon the particular circumstances of the accident, and the amount of money that a victim is able to recover for an accident of this nature will vary accordingly.

The McLarty Pope Law Firm offers a free consultation to discuss your slip and fall accident claim. By talking to an experienced attorney about your case, your injuries and your concerns, you can find out what you’re up against and what action can be taken against the property owner in order to recover the financial compensation you need for medical bills, and much more. We represent accident and injury victims of all kinds throughout Texas.

After a Slip and Fall Accident

There are a number of important steps to take after a serious slip and fall or trip and fall accident:

  • Seek medical care as soon as possible.
  • If you can, take pictures of the scene immediately so you have evidence as to what caused the accident.
  • Make sure you have the property owner’s contact information and inform them of what occurred.
  • Do not talk to the property owner’s insurance company or accept a settlement from the owner of the property without consulting a lawyer.
  • Contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Slip and fall accident claims can be difficult to prove. Doing the above and consulting an attorney as soon as possible can greatly increase your ability to recover the greatest amount of financial compensation and therefore have a better chance of rebuilding your life.