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San Antonio Premises Liability Lawyers

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Premises liability law protects those who suffered injuries due to dangerous or defective conditions on someone else’s property. Any commercial or residential property owner in Texas has a duty to make sure that the conditions on their property are safe for guests and patrons.

While many premises liability claims do involve some kind of negligence by a property owner, insurance companies are rarely willing to admit fault. Many property owners and their insurers will likely claim that a victim was actually the party at fault, arguing that all injuries are entirely the result of the victim’s own negligence.

If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident or by an intentional act on someone else’s property in the greater San Antonio area, you need to seek qualified legal representation right away. An experienced San Antonio premises liability attorney will investigate the accident and identify any negligence on the part of the property owner or manager. If you were hurt due to action or inaction on the part of the owner, you could be owed significant compensation.

At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, we have earned a long track record of success in recovering full and fair compensation for victims of premises liability accidents. Call (855) 981-9052 or contact us online to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation.

Understanding the Property Owner's Duty of Care

Not all individuals on the premises are owed the same duty of care by property owners. Texas divides individuals into three categories when it comes to premises liability claims:

  • Invitees — People who are on the premises by the expressed or implied invitation of property owners for the benefit of both the property owner and the invitees are owed the highest duty of care. Most people are considered invitees, and all customers in retail establishments are invitees.
  • Licensees — People who are on the premises with the consent of property owners but usually for their own purposes are known as licensees. Property owners have a duty to warn licensees of any potential dangers on the property. Examples of licensees include meter readers or other people who are on a property without providing a benefit to the property owner.
  • Trespassers — People on the premises without the permission a property owner are owed no duty of care. However, property owners are prohibited from knowingly causing injuries to trespassers.

One exception to the general rule about trespassers concerns the “attractive nuisance” doctrine, which applies to trespassers who are small children. An attractive nuisance is an object or item that is likely to attract small children who are usually too young to appreciate their dangers, such as a swimming pool or trampoline.

Types of Premises Liability Cases

A number of different kinds of accidents could result in premises liability claims. Some of the most commonly reported accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Negligent Security
  • Inadequate Maintenance
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Drownings
  • Dog Bites
  • Snow and Ice Accidents

  • Fires
  • Flooding
  • Toxic Fumes or Chemicals
  • Falling Objects
  • Sexual Assaults
  • Electrocutions
  • Equipment Failures

No matter what type of accident resulted in your injury, you should consult with a knowledgeable San Antonio premises liability lawyer about your legal options. You may be entitled to payment for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Where Do Accidents Often Occur?

Accidental injuries, assaults, or other harmful events can occur anywhere. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping those who were hurt at:

  • Hotels
  • Parking Lots
  • Restaurants
  • Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Nightclubs

  • Grocery Stores
  • Hospitals
  • Shopping Malls
  • Commercial Businesses
  • Concert Venues
  • Retail Stores

Please call us or contact us online today if you have been hurt on someone else’s property. We can review your case in a free consultation and discuss your next steps.

Common Injuries in Premises Liability Cases

Some of the most common kinds of injuries that occur in falls or other accidents on dangerous property include:

  • Head Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
  • Herniated Discs
  • Neck Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Nerve Damage
  • Fractures
  • Knee Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Internal Organ Injuries
  • Muscle Strains and Sprains

Some premises liability accidents can also cause fatal injuries. The family members of the deceased victim may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party in such cases.

Compensation for Injuries Caused by Property Owner Negligence

If you have been hurt due to a dangerous condition on another person’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for all the losses you have suffered related to your injury. This may include:

  • Payment for past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Compensation for a reduction in earning capacity in the future
  • Pain and suffering

Texas law states that a person cannot recover damages if he or she is more than 50 percent at fault for the injuries. For this reason, many property owners and their insurance companies will try to claim that the victim was the party at fault for an accident.

If the victim is determined to be 50 percent or less at fault for the accident but still bears some blame, Texas law allows an award for damages to be reduced based on the victim’s portion of fault. In other words, a person who is awarded $100,000 in a premises liability claim but is found to have been 25 percent at fault would have his or her damages reduced by $25,000 and ultimately receive $75,000.

Contact Our San Antonio Premises Liability Attorneys Now

Many people assume that they can handle a premises liability claim on their own, but they are often stunned when the insurance company denies their claim. Insurers are not there to help you. Their goal is to pay out as little money as possible. An individual with little or no experience with the law and these types of claims could easily be taken advantage of by the insurance company’s representatives. That’s why it is crucial to hire a San Antonio premises liability attorney who understands the law and knows how to fight for the compensation that you are owed.

Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a premises liability accident in San Antonio? Make sure you contact Ketterman Rowland & Westlund as soon as possible. We can review your case as soon as you call (855) 981-9052 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.