A wet floor, an unmarked staircase, or another danger on someone else's property can cause serious and lasting personal injuries. Without experienced slip and fall attorneys on your side, it can be extremely difficult to recover after this kind of accident. If you've been the victim of a dangerous property condition, Alford & Clark can help you get the justice you deserve. Alford & Clark is a full-service firm that prides itself on client satisfaction. When you hire us, we takecare of all the headaches from your case - both big and small. We help you find the proper defendant, help you get the medical care you need, and help you move on with your life. Call us now for a free consultation to learn what we can do for you.
Landowners will often hide their insurance policies. Even if you're able to locate the insurance policy, the insurance company will use every trick in the book to minimize your claim or to deny it outright. When you take on an evasive landowner and a sophisticated insurance company, you need to make them take you seriously. You need Alford & Clark in your corner. Call us now for a free, confidential consultation.Our slip and fall attorneys are on call – 24/7 – and are happy to answer any questions absolutely free of charge. If you decide to hire us, you will never pay us out of your own pocket. Our attorney fee is only a percentage of case winnings, so there is zero risk to you. If we don't win, no matter how much we spent fighting on your behalf, you will never owe us a dime. We only get paid when we win your case.
I've been hurt on someone's property, what do I do?
Immediately seek medical attention for your injuries
Immediately contact Alford & Clark for a free consultation – contact Alford & Clark before you talk to the insurance company or sign anything that could waive your rights
Avoid giving written or recorded statements to the property owner or insurance adjuster
Get the names of the property owners and the managers
Get the names and contact information for any witnesses
Take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries
Save the shoes and clothing you were wearing when you got hurt
Why do I need Alford & Clark? Can't I just negotiate with the store or landowner myself?
Slip and fall cases are notoriously difficult to win in the state of Texas. Without Alford & Clark in your corner, the property owner and insurance adjuster are not likely to take you seriously. They know that without aggressive legal counsel, the pressure of your mounting medical bills is likely to make you settle your case for pennies on the dollar.
What will we have to prove in court to win my case?
The legal term for a "slip and fall" case is premises liability. In this type of case, we try to prove that you were injured by a condition of property, something wrong with the property itself, rather than by negligent or reckless activities being conducted on the property. Compared to ordinary negligence cases (like car accident cases), premises liability cases have additional legal requirements, which make them much more difficult to prove.
The success of your case will most likely turn on the reason you had to be on the property where you were injured. That reason will determine your legal status as either an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser and that legal status will determine how much care the landowner must take to keep you safe.
An invitee is a person who enters the premises with the possessor’s express or implied knowledge and for the parties’ mutual benefit. A good example is a customer who enters a grocery store that is held open to the public. The owner has a duty to exercise ordinary care to keep you safe, to inspect their property and make any dangerous condition of the property safe or give you an adequate warning. This duty extends to dangerous conditions the property owner knew about or should have known about if they were diligent.
A licensee is a person who enters the premises with the possessor’s express or implied permission, but only for the licensee’s convenience or on business for someone other than the possessor. A social guest, like a neighbor who comes over for a barbecue, is a licensee. While the owner still has the duty to exercise ordinary care to keep you safe, they only have to make known, dangerous conditions of the property safe or give you an adequate warning, they do not have a duty to inspect the property and their duty only applies to dangers they actually know.
A trespasser is a person who enters the premises without lawful right or the consent of the possessor, but merely for the trespasser’s own purposes or out of curiosity. Here, the legal duty on the landowner is even lower. They have no duty to exercise ordinary care to keep a trespasser safe and instead only have the duty to refrain from injuring the trespasser willfully, wantonly, or through gross negligence. Generally, they have no duty to anticipate trespassers, to inspect the premises, or to keep the premises safe.
The law governing slip and fall cases in Texas is difficult and complex. There are numerous exceptions to the basic legal principles stated above. After a serious slip and fall injury, you should immediately contact the slip and fall lawyers at Alford & Clark to avoid waiving any of your legal rights.
The Texas trial attorneys at Alford & Clark PLLC have their primary office in San Antonio, Texas but are proud to serve the following areas: San Antonio, Sugar Land, Baytown, McKinney, Spring, Pharr, Brownsville, Pearland, College Station, Rowlett, Killeen, Longview, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, DeSoto, Temple, Austin, Victoria, League City, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Round Rock, Lubbock, Pasadena, McAllen, Missouri City, Irving, Tyler, Houston, Odessa, Plano, Harlingen, Allen, Denton, Garland, Lewisville, Bryan, Waco,Edinburg, Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, Cedar Park, Abilene, Arlington, San Marcos, Mission, Fort Worth, Galveston, Grapevine, Corpus Christi, Atascocita, Frisco, El Paso, Pflugerville, Conroe, The Woodlands, Midland, Dallas, Richardson, Mesquite, New Braunfels, San Angelo, Laredo, Mansfield, Euless, and Georgetown. The trial lawyers at Alford & Clark PLLC will also accept cases of serious personal injury and wrongful death outside of these cities.