Who Is Liable If I Slip And Fall In A Store In Texas?

When you go into a store, whether it is a big-box retailer, a local grocery store or anything in between, the last thing you expect is to suffer an injury. Unfortunately, serious injuries can, and do, occur whether you expect them or not, particularly when slippery conditions exist in stores.

If you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury in a Texas store, however, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim against the store and its owner ― but only in certain circumstances.

Understanding Texas Premises Liability

In Texas, slip-and-fall accidents are governed by an area of the law known as premises liability. While this phrase may sound intimidating at first, it is simply the legal term used to describe the potential liability that may exist when a property owner does not fulfill his or her duty to others.

For instance, under Texas law, store owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care to protect customers from dangerous conditions within the store. If they fail to do so, and you are injured as a result, the store owner may be legally responsible.

Specifically, if you trip and fall or slip and fall in a store, you will typically have to prove several factors in order to recover for your injuries, including:

  • The store owner or his or her employees knew of the dangerous condition, or the slippery condition existed long enough that the owner or his or her employees had a reasonable chance to find it
  • The slippery condition posed an unreasonable risk of harm to customers
  • The store owner or his or her employees did not use reasonable care to reduce or remove the risk
  • The failure to use such care was the cause of your injuries

For example, if a store employee spills water, or any other slippery substance, on an aisle floor and simply leaves it there with no warning for an unreasonable amount of time, you may have a cause of action if you subsequently slip and fall. However, every situation is different, which is why it is best to speak to a lawyer if you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury in a Texas store.

Injured In A Slip-And-Fall Accident? Contact Us For A Free Consultation.

If you have questions about slip-and-fall liability in Texas and need to speak to an experienced attorney, contact the Law Offices of Nora M. Artalejo today. To schedule a FREE initial consultation, reach out to us online or call us at 915-519-4697. We serve clients in El Paso and throughout the surrounding area.