Humble Premises Liability Attorney
Generally, owners have a legal duty to maintain their properties. For example, apartment landlords must repair broken air conditioners and private homeowners must keep their lawns mowed. This responsibility extends to health and safety matters. The exact nature of the duty usually depends on the nature of the relationship between the owner and victim as well as the type of injury. More on these things below.
The Humble premises liability attorneys at The West Law Office enforce property owners’ responsibilities in these areas. This responsibility usually means money damages. No one can turn back the clock and prevent a fall or other premises liability injury. So, our Humble premises liability attorneys do the next best thing. We fight to obtain financial compensation. This compensation helps victims put their injuries behind them and move on with their lives.
Types of Premises Liability Matters
Legal responsibility for health and safety usually extends to property owners because, in most cases, only owners can effectively prevent incidents like:
- Dog bites,
- Swimming pool drownings,
- Third-party assaults,
- Infectious disease illnesses, and
- Jobsite accidents which injure bystanders.
As mentioned, the owner’s legal duty usually depends on the relationship between owner and victim. Most victims are invitees. These individuals have express or implied permission to be on the land, and their presence benefits the owner, either financially or otherwise.
Some premises liability matters are quite complex. Texas’ dog bite law is rather intricate. And, not all third-party assaults or infectious disease claims are the landowner’s responsibility.
Your Claim for Damages
To obtain compensation, a Humble premises liability attorney must do more than establish theoretical responsibility. An attorney must also prove the owner knew, or should have known, about the hazard which led to the injury. That hazard could be a wet spot on the floor, a burned-out light, a lack of security, or the failure to control a dangerous animal.
If liability is clear, the insurance company usually has a duty to settle the claim quickly. However, there is almost always at least some question about liability, mostly because of defenses like comparative fault and assumption of the risk.
Therefore, to apply pressure on the insurance company to settle the claim and also to preserve the victim/plaintiff’s legal rights, attorneys normally file legal paperwork in these claims. So, filing a case is not a delay tactic.
During the subsequent discovery process, both sides have a legal responsibility to put all their cards on the table. Our professional team uses this opportunity to collect additional evidence. Victim/plaintiffs must prove negligence by a preponderance of the proof (more likely than not). Moreover, there is usually a relationship between the amount of evidence the victim/plaintiff presents and the amount of damages the victim/plaintiff receives.
Most civil claims settle out of court. These time-saving settlements give victim/plaintiffs more control over the outcome. So, they are good in the short term and the long term.
Contact a Dedicated Premises Liability Attorney
Owners must accept responsibility for health and safety lapses which occur on their properties. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Humble, contact The West Law Office, PLLC. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no money or insurance.