SLIP AND FALL FAQ

If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, chances are you have questions about filing a claim in Texas. Here we look at some of the most frequently asked questions by our clients and address different aspects of potential cases.

  • What is the average payout for a slip and fall in Texas?

    There is no average settlement amount for slip and falls in Texas. The amount of compensation you receive depends on the unique circumstances of your case. To find out what your case may be worth, have an experienced slip and fall attorney evaluate your claim.

  • How do typical slip and falls occur?

    A number of circumstances can lead to a slip and fall. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Spills
    • Faulty railings
    • Inadequate lighting
    • Loose rugs
    • Uneven flooring
    • Construction materials

    Regardless of what circumstances were involved in your slip and fall, it’s important to report the accident and receive medical attention right away.

  • What is the law on slip and falls in Texas?

    State law only allows victims to recover if the property owner was aware of the dangerous condition and failed to act reasonably to prevent slip and falls.

  • If the owner’s insurance company contacts me, should I talk to them?

    No. It is in your best interest not to speak to the defendant’s insurance company. This is especially true if the insurance agent wants to record an official statement which can damage your case. Instead, your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.

  • What types of medical records do I need to support my claim?

    There are a myriad of medical records that your slip and fall lawyer can use to prove your injuries, including:

    • Diagnosis and treatment reports
    • Medical bills
    • Receipts and invoices
    • Physical therapy/rehabilitation records
    • Doctor notes about verbal conversations
    • Other relevant medical documentation

    Remember that it is crucial for you to obtain medical treatment as soon as possible after your accident. Failure to do so can hurt your chances of recovering compensation.

  • How long do I have to file a slip and fall claim?

    Under Texas law, accident victims have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the defendant. Failure to do so within the time limit will bar you from filing a claim. This means that if you wait longer than two years to file, you will not be able to recover compensation even if the defendant was clearly at fault.

  • What can a slip and fall attorney do for me after an accident?

    Your attorney has a comprehensive role in pursuing your claim. They offer advice and guidance throughout your case as both your advocate and trusted advisor. But that’s not all – the right attorney will be able to:

  • If I had a slip and fall at work, can I still get compensation?

    Yes. As a matter of Texas law, your employer is required to carry employers’ liability insurance. If your slip and call occurred at your place of work, your employer’s insurance company will be the one to pay your settlement.

  • I was distracted by my cell phone at the time of my slip and fall. Can I still file a claim?

    It depends. In order to have a successful claim, you must be able to show that you exercised reasonable caution to prevent accidents. If the defendant can prove that you were being careless when the accident occurred, it can reduce the amount of compensation you recover or even bar your claim. A competent slip and fall accident lawyer will be able to evaluate your case for liability issues and help you navigate them.

  • What is Texas’ comparative fault rule?

    Texas law favors property owners in that it takes into consideration the fault of the injured party. If it’s established that you were 50% or less liable, you may be able to recover compensation at the percentage that the defendant was at fault. However, if you are found to be 51% or more liable for your slip and fall, you will be barred from recovery.

  • How much does it cost to hire a slip and fall lawyer?

    Personal injury and premises liability attorneys often take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that the lawyer is only paid if you win your case. The attorney then takes their payment out of your settlement. With no cost upfront, it’s easy to schedule an evaluation of your case with a reputable attorney.
    No matter the circumstances of your case, the Law Offices of Colby Lewis are here to help. To get started on your claim with the leading lawyer for slip and fall accidents, contact us as soon as possible after your accident.