Houston Premises Liability Lawyer
Negligent Property Owner Claims in Texas
Public and private property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure their premises are reasonably well-maintained and free of hazards. If a property contains a hazard that could cause foreseeable injury, the property owner should take reasonable steps to remove that hazard, have the condition repaired, or warn visitors of its existence. Failure to do so can result in serious accidents and severe injuries—and negligent property owners can be held accountable.
If you were injured due to an unsafe condition or hazard on someone else’s property, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Reach out to our Houston premises liability lawyer at Vaughan Legal Trial Team to learn more during a free initial consultation. Since 2003, our firm has represented individuals who have been injured due to the negligent and wrongful conduct of others. We are ready to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is an area of personal injury law that deals with property owner negligence and liability. In Texas, property owners have a duty of care to anyone who lawfully enters their premises. Specifically, they must remove, repair, or warn others of any dangerous conditions or hazards that could lead to injury. They must also properly maintain their premises to prevent accidents.
Common premises liability cases include claims involving:
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites
- Animal attacks
- Swimming pool accidents
- Elevator/escalator accidents
- Property defects
- Negligent security
- Amusement park accidents
- Toxic chemical exposure
To have a valid premise liability claim, you must typically prove that you were lawfully on the property when you were injured, i.e., you were not trespassing at the time. You will also need to prove that the dangerous condition or hazard that caused your injury was one the property owner knew about or should have known about, yet did nothing to correct.
At Vaughan Legal Trial Team, we assist clients with all aspects of premises liability claims, from proving the property owner’s negligence to seeking fair financial compensation from the insurance company. Led by Attorney Jeffery Vaughan, we have successfully recovered more than $100 million for our clients. We have real trial experience and are not afraid to take your case to court if necessary.
What Duty of Care Do Property Owners Have?
Texas premises liability law defines three types of property visitors to which property owners owe varying duties of care:
- Invitees: An invitee is someone who visits a premises with the property owner’s expressed or implied permission for a purpose that mutually benefits both parties. Most often, this means that the invitee is there for the financial benefit of the property owner. Examples of invitees include restaurant diners, retail store customers, and hotel guests.
- Licensee: A licensee is someone who has the property owner’s expressed or implied permission to enter the property for purposes that benefit the licensee or another party who is not the property owner. Examples of licensees include social guests, property service workers (such as landscapers or plumbers), mail carriers, and delivery persons.
- Trespassers: A trespasser is someone who does not have the property owner’s permission, whether expressed or implied, or consent to enter the property. Trespassers are those who enter a property without legal right for the sole purpose of the trespasser’s own personal gain or curiosity.
In Texas, property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees, followed by licensees. The only duty of care Texas property owners owe to trespassers is to refrain from causing wanton or willful injury or injury resulting from gross negligence.
Why Hire a Premises Liability Lawyer?
Premises liability cases tend to be very complex. Proving your case can be difficult without the help of an experienced attorney. In fact, many studies have found that people who hire premises liability lawyers tend to recover higher settlements than those who try to resolve their claims on their own.
When you turn to Vaughan Legal Trial Team, our Houston premises liability lawyer will handle the various legal aspects of your case so that you can focus on your physical recovery. We know how to gather applicable evidence and build an innovative legal strategy based on your particular situation. Our team is prepared to communicate with the property owner’s insurance company on your behalf and advocate for your maximum recovery.
There are no out-of-pocket expenses for you when you hire Vaughan Legal Trial Team. Instead, we only collect legal fees if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Reach out to our firm today to learn more.