Attorney Doug Goyen has handled thousands of injury cases, including slip and fall injuries, and has collected millions of dollars in settlements and judgments for those cases. He has been a licensed attorney in Texas in good standing since 1997. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Doug Goyen worked as an injury claims adjuster for several years in Texas. He received his bachelors degree from University of Texas at Dallas with highest honor (Summa Cum Laude) in 1994. He graduated from SMU Law School in 1997.
Thousands of people are injured each year in the North Texas area due to premises issues that cause a "slip and fall". If you were injured due to a premises owner's negligence in the Dallas area, you are likely searching for a Dallas slip and fall lawyer. Most personal injury lawyers handle premises cases, and slip and fall cases. They are not like most personal injury cases though, in that Texas' Supreme Court has carved out some rules that protect business owners, and harm consumers when it comes to slip and fall cases. You need to call a lawyer to see if you have the evidence you need to recover in your case.
Slip and Falls are part of what is known as "Premises Liability". Premises laws in Texas determine who can and cannot recover in a slip and fall, or other injury caused by a dangerous condition on a premises.
The owner of property can be liable/responsible for an injury that occurs on their property if it can be proved that the owner's negligence caused the injury. If you have unpaid medical bills, lost income, and pain/suffering or other injuries/damages due to the negligence of a property owner, you may be able to recover from that property owner.
Examples of injuries that can occur on property are slip and falls, dog bites, exposure to mold or other toxic/hazardous substances.
Premises liability cases require the injured person to prove that the dangerous condition that caused the injury was either created by the property owner, or was actually known by the property owner yet they did nothing to prevent an obvious hazard from injuring someone.
Slip and Fall and Premises Liability Cases
Law Office of Doug Goyen, (972) 599 4100. Lawyer Representing People Injured or the Families of Persons who suffered a loss in: Slip and Fall & Premises Liability Cases in Dallas, Texas.
Premises Liability Cases:
A "premises liability case" is a case where a dangerous condition on the premises causes and injury to someone. There are many laws and factors that come into play in determining whether the person in charge of the premises is responsible or not. These laws change constantly due to new and clever ways of interpreting the law by the courts. Unfortunately, the high court in Texas (Texas Supreme Court), has made a habit of finding in favor of bad acting premises owners and businesses, and finding against those who have been the victims of those bad actors. Because this has been the trend in the last 25 years, business owners and insurance companies for property owners have become very aggressive in defending premises cases. Meaning that they often will not make any offers at all for the injury that was caused by the property owner's negligence. This forces the hand of the injured party - you have two choices: 1) walk away and have the medical bills that were not your fault ruin your credit and force you into bankruptcy possibly, and endure your injury without adequate funds to treat that injury, or 2) hire a lawyer and force them to pay for what their bad acts caused.
What is Required to Prove My Case? You Must Prove a Degree of Knowledge. Many Courts Characterize It as "Actual Knowledge".
"Actual Knowledge" is required in Texas to find a premises owner responsible for a dangerous condition - this is what your Dallas slip and fall lawyer will need to prove your case. What is meant by that is that the property owner must have actually known about the condition (and a reasonable person in that situation would have known it was dangerous), and did not remedy the situation. Or, if it is shown that there was a dangerous condition, and it was actually created by the property owner, then the property owner is responsible for any injury caused by that dangerous condition.
Make notes of any conversations with people who were at the property, especially people who worked at the property, to help determine if those people actually knew about the dangerous condition, or created it themselves.
Slip & Fall Accident and Injury Cases:
Contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 if you have a premises liability case and need help from and experienced personal injury lawyer.
Owners of property may be liable when an injury occurs to a visitor or person who is living on that property. It must be proved that the negligence of the owner led to the injury. An injured person who slips and falls due to the negligence of another may be able to recover the costs of lost income and medical bills, as well as compensation for any pain and suffering or physical disability, among other "damages".
The injured person has the burden to prove that the person in charge of the property created the unsafe condition that caused the injury, or knew about an unsafe condition yet did nothing about it.
Texas requires the owner to have "actual knowledge" of the dangerous condition that caused the injury. If a strawberry is dropped on the floor of a store, and you slip and fall on that strawberry, you must then prove that the store "knew" that strawberry was there prior to you stepping on it. This can be difficult, because employees of a store do not want to admit that they saw an unsafe condition yet did nothing about it. Again, another way to prove liability is to show that the company created the dangerous condition.
Make notes of any conversation you had with any employees at the place of injury. Any admission made can be used to help your fall/injury case. Call a Dallas slip and fall lawyer to help with your case.
If you were injured in the North Texas / Dallas area call us (972) 599-4100 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
By Doug Goyen, firstname.lastname@example.org