Accidents happen—it’s a fact of life. Sometimes you fail to look down as you descend a staircase, or maybe you catch the toe of your shoe and fall in a store. Simply getting hurt on public property does not mean you have a premises liability claim against the owner. However, when the actions—or inaction—of a property owner are the direct cause of your injury on their property, they can be held accountable. Trial Lawyer Elizabeth Larrick is committed to the idea that businesses and property owners should be held accountable when they are careless in their safety practices, and she will work hard to find a solution to your premises liability claim.

How Do You Prove Fault in a Premises Liability Case?

Many personal injury attorneys don’t take premises liability cases because they can be difficult to prove, but Elizabeth is up to the challenge. In order for business owners, property management or property owners to be liable for injuries sustained on their property, the following must be established:

  • The owner owed you a duty of care.
    • Under Texas law, there are three types of visitors: licensees, invitees, and trespassers.
      • Licensees are on the property for their own benefit or gain;
      • Invitees enter the property with the owner’s knowledge and for the mutual benefit of both parties; and
      • Trespassers enter the property with no legal right to do so and without permission.
    • Invitees are owed the highest duty of care and trespassers are owed the lowest. Children are owed a higher standard of care than adults, whether they are invitees or not. Understanding your status as a visitor is a crucial first step.
  • The owner breached his duty of care. It must be shown that the property owner failed to keep the property safe,
  • The owner knowledge of the breach. It must be shown the property owner or property management had—or should have had—knowledge of the danger, failed to warn visitors of a potential danger, and failed to correct it.
  • You were injured as a result. You must be able to prove that you were injured as a direct result of the hazard on the property. Medical records, surveillance video, and witness statements may be needed to prove this point.

Businesses, property owners and property management are required to follow property safety rules and safety building codes put in to place by individual cities and the State of Texas.  These safety rules are in place to protect patrons as they shop, where they live, and at the restaurants they choose to visit. Following the safety rules allows everyone - businesses and their guests - to interact freely and without worry.  However, unsafe building conditions and violations of the property safety rules can cause serious harm and injury to patrons young or old, male or female, basically any person entering the property.

While these claims are complicated, Elizabeth Larrick believes in community safety and holding business/property owners accountable.  Elizabeth brings years of experience and a dedication for injury victims in premises liability claims.  Elizabeth at Larrick Law Firm PC acts quickly to preserve vital camera surveillance and witness statements - many times going to the site of the injury on the same day she is retained as a lawyer on the case.  Like all claims, time is of the essence.  

Types of Premises Liability Claims We Are Proud to Take

There are many ways to be injured on dangerous property in Texas, and the Larrick Law Firm PC has represented clients in a variety of accidents, including the following:

  • Slip or trip and fall. Slip and falls are one of the most common types of premises liability claims. When a shopper slips on a spill in a grocery store or a restaurant patron trips due to inadequate signs for stairs, the property owner may be liable for his or her injuries.
  • Porch or deck collapse. Apartment or other rental property owners have a responsibility to make sure structures on the property are in good condition and are safe. Porch and deck collapses can cause serious injury and wrongful death.
  • Stair collapse. Faulty handrails, rotten steps, and failing support structures are the result of a landlord who has breached his duty to maintain a safe property. When residents or visitors are injured, the property owner should be held accountable.
  • Inadequate lighting. If an invitee or licensee falls because they cannot see where they are walking or are assaulted in a parking garage or restaurant bathroom because of poor lighting, the property owner may be responsible for compensating them.
  • Parking lot injuries. Uneven or broken pavement, poor lighting, assaults, car accidents, and pedestrian accidents could be the fault of a parking lot owner. An experienced premises liability trial lawyer will be able to determine if you have a case.
  • Swimming pool accidents. If a swimming pool is not adequately secured and a child is injured or drowns, the owner of the property may be responsible for the tragedy.
  • Dog bites. In Texas, dog bite victims must show that the owner knew the dog was aggressive and failed to use reasonable care to control it. These claims can be difficult, but our team will take a look at your situation and let you know if you have a case.

Accidents like these can lead to serious long-term and permanent injuries. You owe it to yourself to hold the property owner accountable—even if it is someone you know. Insurance companies fight hard against these claims, and you need an experienced premises liability trial lawyer in your corner.

Where do Premises Liability Claims Occur?

Generally, a premises liability claim occurs on a business property, but can also occur at in a person's home.

  • Grocery store
  • Clothing store or mall
  • Apartment complex
  • Business or office complex
  • Individual's home
  • Event venue - like wedding or party venue
  • Hotel
  • Restaurant
  • Marina
  • Fitness Center

Larrick Law Firm PC Cares About Our Community

Trial lawyer Elizabeth Larrick is dedicated to fighting to get her clients the compensation they deserve following an accident on someone else’s property so they have a fair chance at recovering from their injuries. She is also committed to making our community safer for everyone. If negligent property owners are not held accountable for dangerous conditions, more people are put at risk. Call Larrick Law Firm PC if you have been injured in a fall, assault, dog bite, or another premises liability incident in Texas.