A premises liability lawyer in Irving, Texas, could help you go after compensation for your injuries and other losses if a property owner’s negligence caused you to get hurt. A premises liability claim could arise from an injury on residential or commercial property.
You cannot file a premises liability claim for getting hurt on property you own. You could, however, pursue money damages if you get hurt because of a dangerous condition on property that you rent, like an office or apartment. Our team at Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C. is here to offer support, starting with a complimentary consultation where we can discuss the basics of your case.
Unlike jury verdicts, settlement amounts are not public record, so it is impossible to determine the average amount of settlements for premises liability claims in Irving. Further, there is a wide range of settlement payouts for premises liability claims because each personal injury case is different.
The settlements really come down to the injury of the individual. This is why it is important to have an MRI done. Insurance companies do not want them done because it is objective evidence of the extent of the injury. Always have an MRI done if you have a serious injury.
Here are some of the categories of money damages people often pursue after getting hurt on someone else’s property due to a hazardous condition:
These are a few examples of the types of money damages a victim can seek after getting hurt in a premises liability case. The kinds of damages you could pursue in your injury claim will depend on the facts of your situation.
Premises liability cases are a type of personal injury. In these cases, we do not charge our clients any upfront legal fees for representation. We understand that you are likely dealing with serious financial losses and want to avoid adding to this burden.
Instead, our attorneys work through the entire injury claim or lawsuit and wait patiently until the end to receive our legal fees from the compensation we secure. This fee arrangement is a contingency fee agreement. Under this agreement, we receive a percentage of the insurance proceeds or jury award for our legal fees.
Premises liability claims have multiple elements that we have to prove for you to be eligible for money damages from the property owner. In a successful premises liability claim, all of these facts will have to be true:
You can hire a premises liability lawyer from our firm to build a case that meets the legal requirements for a personal injury lawsuit.
Texas law gives you only two years to take legal action for your injuries or the wrongful death of a close relative due to a premises liability situation. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 is the statute that establishes this two-year deadline.
The American Bar Association (ABA) warns of the consequences of missing the filing deadline; Texas law could forever bar you from going after compensation for your losses after the deadline passes.
No matter how severe your injuries are, mistakes well after the date of your injury could sabotage your premises liability claim. In addition to missing the filing deadline, here are three things that could decrease the amount of money you may receive for your claim:
Usually, the first offer the insurance company makes is a lowball offer. Insurers expect to negotiate before reaching a settlement—the only way they can negotiate is to offer less than they expect it will take to settle the claim.
If you accept the claims adjuster’s first offer, you might be short-changing yourself. Those who try to settle their premises liability claims on their own instead of working with a premises liability lawyer may find out later they could have negotiated for more.
If you settle your premises liability claim before completing all of your prescribed medical treatment, you might end up paying out of pocket for any related medical needs that arise in the future. The insurance company has no legal liability from the moment that you settle your claim.
Imagine going back to your treating doctor expecting to be released from treatment, only to find out that you need additional medical procedures, like surgery, to heal properly. If you have already settled your injury claim, you will have to pay all of those medical bills out of your own pocket.
Many people post photos and comments about their daily lives on social media. After getting injured, they may share many of the details of the accident on social media.
However, the defendant’s insurance company could access these social media accounts and take your photos or comments out of context to try to pay you less money than you deserve. It is best to take a complete break from social media while you have a premises liability injury claim pending. Even a photo of you looking happy with friends could get used against you to refute your claim of chronic pain.
At Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C., we help people rebuild their lives after suffering injuries due to the careless acts of others. We offer a free initial consultation with no obligation. You can call us today at (972) 529-3476 to discuss how we can help you.