Many slip and fall accidents occur when people are visiting other people’s home or businesses. During winter, there is an increase in slip and fall accidents in Texas and around the country. Ice and snow, wet floors, uneven steps and falling objects are the main conditions that lead to these accidents.

What is premises liability?

Premises liability is when the property owner fails to protect visitors from any hazards in the property. The property owner should protect and manage their premises from any risk or harm.

Duties and responsibilities of a property owner

Property owners have various responsibilities to protect the people who come to their properties and premises. According to the law, there are three categories of people who can come to someone’s property. They include invitees, licensees and trespassers. A property owner is greatly responsible for the protection of invitees. However, state laws differ on the protection owed to these three groups.

Common premises liability cases

Property owners are often liable for any injuries in their property. If any neglect is found, they should pay for the medical expenses of the injured person. The common cases of injuries include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Poor lighting
  • Sidewalk defects
  • Dog bites
  • Icy doorways

Liability investigation

To determine the cause of the accident and who will be held liable, several factors should be considered. A serious case requires the assistance of an attorney, but here are the key points of an investigation:

  • Witness evidence of what transpired
  • An incident report if the scene is a commercial property
  • Weather records in weather-related accidents
  • Police records if applicable
  • Medical records

Have you suffered injuries on another person’s property? You may want to contact an attorney for help filing a premises liability claim.