There’s plenty to do around Brownsville for residents and visitors alike. The Gladys Porter Zoo, Children’s Museum of Brownsville, and other attractions are popular throughout the year. The Sunrise Mall and 77 Flea Market are always busy with shoppers, as are boutiques around downtown. Restaurant options include everything from Tex-Mex to French cuisine, whether you want fine dining, or a casual to-go spot. What you may not realize is that many of these locations contain hidden dangers that put you and your family at risk of injury. You never think you’ll need a Brownsville premises liability lawyer until the unthinkable happens.
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According to the National Security Council, accidents are now the number three cause of death in the United States. Though many fatalities are due to motor vehicle collisions, there are still too many victims who are hurt or killed because of dangerous conditions on the properties of businesses and other individuals.
The Brownsville premises liability attorneys at Begum Law Group are dedicated to holding property owners and occupiers accountable for failing to address these hazards. We’re also committed to pursuing the insurance companies that cover them. If we can’t negotiate a sufficient settlement for your losses as an injured victim, we’ll seek justice in court.
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Under Texas premises liability law, owners and occupiers of property have a legal duty to keep it reasonably safe for people that visit the land. If they don’t, they may be liable to cover the losses suffered by an injured victim. Generally, the failure to maintain safe premises occurs when the owner had notice of a hazard and didn’t repair it. Premises liability also incorporates situations where the individual failed to inspect the property, so willful blindness will not protect the owner or occupier.
As in other personal injury cases, most premises liability claims are based upon the legal concept of negligence. This means you need to prove certain facts to recover compensation for your losses. The essential elements of a case for premises liability include:
Landowners owe you a certain duty of care when you lawfully visit their property. If they violate this duty by not fixing certain hazards, or generally failing to keep their land safe, you may be injured.
If the property owner doesn’t comply with the legal obligation to keep the premises safe, this breach of duty can cause you serious injuries.
You need to establish grounds for recovering compensation, which you can do through showing your damages. These are the losses that you sustain due to your injuries.
At Begum Law Group, our Brownsville premises liability lawyers handle all types of claims regarding accidents on property. We represent injured victims in such common scenarios as:
This type of accident occurs when a victim tumbles because of a dangerous condition on a property. A puddle, spill, obstruction, loose flooring, unsecured wiring, and many other factors may be to blame. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls send over one million people to the emergency room every year. For these victims, bone fractures are a common form of injury.
When railings on stairwells, balconies, terraces, or other high platforms are loose or unsecured, anyone that relies on them for support can fall. The severity of the injuries depends on the height, but even short elevations can cause serious injuries.
This premises liability scenario is most common in shopping environments where an object may fall from a shelf. Worse, an entire shelf of merchandise may collapse and strike the victim. Falling doors, mirrors, and related fixtures can also cause injuries. Many victims suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussion, and other head injuries. If you were injured while shopping in Texas, call a Brownsville premises liability attorney from our firm for help.
Part of a property owner’s duty to maintain safe premises includes make sure that criminal activity doesn’t cause harm to guests. Even though injuries may result from the acts of another person, the property owner has an obligation to provide reasonable security measures. A victim may have a premises liability claim in the event of assault, robbery, or other illegal conduct.
The weather is warm in Brownsville throughout the year, so many residents enjoy a trip to the pool on many days. Increased volumes of guests means a higher risk of swimming pool accidents, for which children are especially at risk. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reveals that nine children have drowned in Cameron County since 2015.
Texas is a “one-bite” state for purposes of dog attacks, which means that owners may be liable when they knew their dog had bitten or demonstrated vicious tendencies in the past. There may also be a claim for premises liability if the owner was negligent in controlling their dog or didn’t to take action to prevent the attack. An example might be the owner’s failure to comply with the City of Brownsville law that requires dogs to be kept on a leash or secure area.
If you have incurred injuries in any of the above scenarios, contact a Brownsville premises liability lawyer from Begum Law Group for help.
In Texas, there are two types of damages available under premises liability law.
When you can prove your losses through documents or some other means, they’re considered economic in nature. Medical bills, lost wages, and future earning capacity are examples of economic damages.
Some types of losses aren’t as easy to calculate because they’re subjective. Only you know how you’ve suffered as a result of an accident on someone else’s property. For instance, you may endure such harm as:
At Begum Law Group, our Brownsville premises liability attorneys can provide more information on the type of damages you can recover for your losses.
There are different laws that may restrict your rights or how much compensation you can recover in a premises liability claim.
Texas laws mandate that you file a lawsuit for your losses within two years after the date of your injuries. You’re barred from suing the property owner or another responsible party once this statute of limitations expires.
If you’re partially at-fault in a premises liability action, you may not receive the full amount of compensation. Comparative negligence rules refer to the percentage of fault you contributed to the accident, and reduce your damages by that amount. It is important to note, however, that if you are found to be 51% or more responsible for your accident, then you cannot receive compensation at all.
Premises liability laws in Texas don’t protect those that break the law and incur injuries in the process. If you were a trespasser on a property and got hurt through your own misconduct, you can’t recover for your losses.
Due to their complexity, it is important to have legal representation as the victim of a premises liability accident. The attorneys at Begum Law Group can guide you through the claims process, so you can obtain the compensation you deserve. Our efforts in fighting for your rights include:
Whenever you’re injured in a premises liability incident, you’ll need to present proof regarding the essential elements mentioned above. There can be challenges in gathering sufficient evidence, particularly because you typically don’t have unlimited access to the property where you were hurt. Our team works with private investigators, accident re-constructionists, and other professionals to gather the necessary facts.
Our premises liability lawyers have extensive experience and knowledge in the laws regarding your claim, so we’re able to develop a solid strategy for your case.
The first step in a premises liability claim will usually involve settlement negotiations with the insurance company that covers the property owner. Claims adjusters are often unwilling to risk profits by paying compensation for the claim, even when it’s supported by sufficient proof. Insurance company employees may try to blame you for the accident or contest your injuries. Our Brownsville premises liability attorneys can assist with overcoming any challenges in dealing with insurers.
If we can’t settle on a reasonable compensation amount with the property owner’s insurance company, our team will take your claim to court. We are adept at litigation in all areas of personal injury cases, including document preparation, motions, discovery, depositions, and jury trials.
is the median award in premises liability cases according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
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If you were hurt on the property of a business or another individual, and you have questions, call Begum Law Group right away. You have rights, and we’re here to help you recover compensation. A consultation with our Brownsville premises liability attorneys is free, and we don’t charge unless you receive a monetary award. Call 956-982-1800 or reach out via our online form.