Houston Slip and Fall Attorney
If you’ve been injured due to a slip and fall, Chelsie King Garza is a Houston slip and fall lawyer who is here to help you recover quickly.
All shoppers and visitors who frequent public businesses have a right to “duty of care,” which refers to owners’ responsibility to maintain safe premises.
Shop owners must establish and enforce policies that include inspection and repair of anything that may be potential hazards to customers. These procedures cover owners’ and employees’ obligation to promptly respond to unsafe conditions such as quickly cleaning up spills, repairing stairs and railings, and displaying appropriate warning signs. However, slip and fall accidents do happen because not all businesses follow through on their “duty of care” responsibilities.
If you or a loved one has had a slip and fall accident and has been seriously injured, you probably have questions, and you may want guidance about the process and where to begin.
We are available to help. Chelsie King Garza offers FREE consultations. Contact us now at 713-893-8808, or CLICK HERE to ask us a question or to request more information. Our Houston based slip and fall attorneys have helped many people faced with unexpected injuries from accidents; we are ready to help you seek justice and the compensation you deserve. When you hire our team to represent you, there is no cost to you unless we win. Act now to protect your rights, call us at 713-893-8808.
Chelsie King Garza is the Best Choice for Your Slip and Fall Case
Many Texas personal injury lawyers will not take slip and fall cases because they can be complicated and challenging to win. Businesses hire expensive legal teams to avoid paying settlements to victims. Their slippery tactics may involve claims that you were at fault for being clumsy or not paying attention to where you were walking.
Chelsie King Garza has experience winning slip and fall cases and knows how to beat the bullies. She will make sure businesses are held responsible for not providing the “duty of care.” We know all the tricks companies use to avoid paying victims, we will get you the compensation that you deserve. You need an attorney with proven success in slip and fall cases. Contact us today to experience our dedication to justice.
You Can Count on Chelsie King Garza’s Strength and Experience
When a slip and fall accident happens, our attorneys dig deep to find the cause. Typically, the business or property owner is found responsible for ignoring a safety hazard. These cases are complex and have a reputation for being challenging to fight. In Texas, to win a slip and fall claim, the following three criteria must be met:
- The business or property owner was aware of or should have been aware of the hazardous issue on the premises;
- The person responsible failed to post signs and warnings about the dangerous condition; and
- Proof that the condition was the cause of the injury.
Unfortunately, the law in Texas favors the business rather than the injured. As a result, insurance companies make it difficult for victims to get compensation at every turn. Insurance companies put up many roadblocks to deny claims and avoid compensating victims for their injuries.
To fight back, you need an experienced and dedicated personal injury legal team behind you with lawyers who can win slip and fall claims. We will fight against insurance companies and corporations on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
Slip and Fall Injuries and Losses
Typically, slip and falls are considered minor accidents. After all, most people have experienced them at one point or another in their lives.
Often slip and falls startle us and do not result in severe injuries. That doesn’t mean serious injuries don’t happen from a slip and fall. Severe damage to the human body can occur. Don’t be too quick to brush off the incident and move on. Slip and fall accidents can cause specific physical injuries that are unique and different from other types of personal injury claims. Slip and falls can cause everything from broken wrists, to traumatic brain injuries.
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that slips, trips, and falls are the #1 cause of death among older adults in the United States. Many of these accidents do require immediate medical attention and result in expensive and ongoing treatments. Slip, and falls can result in the following serious injuries:
Traumatic brain injuries:
If you hit your head in the fall, the impact may cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Brain tissue damage can be severe or mild, resulting in serious injuries to the victim. An example of a mild TBI are concussions that require medical treatment to limit lasting effects and prevent complications. A severe TBI can result in long term physical, behavioral, and cognitive impairments that will require ongoing significant medical care, including rehabilitation.
Fractured and broken bones:
Although broken bones are common and may heal completely, there are types of fractures that require significant and ongoing medical care. Compound or open fractures may require emergency surgery, follow up surgeries and rehabilitation such as physical therapy. As a result, victims may never regain full use of the affected body part. When the victims of slip and fall injuries are older adults, the risk is much higher for a broken hip, which requires surgery and extensive recovery and rehabilitation.
Soft tissue injuries:
Injuries to the body from a fall are not limited to bones. Serious damage to soft tissue such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons can also occur. When a slip and fall happens, the body may be stretched and twisted in strange ways resulting in tears or sprains to the soft tissue. These injuries are painful, limit normal movement, and may require ongoing treatment and physical therapy. Like whiplash from a car accident, soft tissue damage from a fall can take several days to present itself. You may be unable to drive or work because of your injuries. For the best results, it is essential to see your doctor promptly after an accident.
Neck and back injuries:
Severe pain and limitations in mobility can result from back and neck injuries. They can also cause additional effects, including sleep problems, headaches, as well as tingling and numbness in your arms and legs. Back and neck injuries can make working impossible, and you may not be able to lift and carry your children. You may need help lifting groceries and other items, and you may not be able to take care of yourself and your home.
Spinal cord injuries:
Injuries to the spinal cord are the most severe type of neck and back injuries. Permanent paralysis can result from spinal cord injuries. That is why it is essential to see immediate medical attention so a doctor can evaluate the severity of your spinal cord injury. They will be able to stabilize and monitor damage to the spine to determine the severity of the injury. You may require long-term hospitalization and extensive rehabilitation after an injury to your spine from a slip and fall.
We have just presented some of the many potentially life-altering injuries that happen from a slip and fall. Other related losses include:
- Physical pain and suffering from the injury
- Future costs for ongoing medical treatment
- Lost wages if you are unable to work
- Loss of future wages if you cannot return to your job and need to seek disability benefits
- Permanent physical injuries and effects including disability, disfigurement, and impairment
- Ongoing emotional trauma from the injury or the accident
- Medical bills from the treatment you have already received
Even the most straightforward slip and fall accidents can become complicated and more complex than you can imagine. Not all personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience to ensure a successful outcome for your claim.
For best results, you need an aggressive and experienced personal injury legal team behind you.
Chelsie King Garza will stand up for your legal rights and help you navigate the claims process.
Our firm understands the far-reaching impact of the accident on your life. We know you’ve experienced pain and suffering and the stress of lost income, financial losses, and medical bills.
Contact us now for a FREE slip and fall claim consultation. You can submit your case for a free evaluation by CLICKING HERE or contact us by phone at 713-893-8808.
Slip and Fall Claims for Older Adults
Slip and fall injuries can be serious for anyone, but the senior citizen population is at a higher risk of serious injuries due to the accident. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services reports:
- Falling chances increase steadily with age
- Each year, Texas hospitals treat approximately 36,337 older adults for injuries due to falls
- There are approximately 1,495 seniors who have not survived fall-related injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from falls resulted in 16% of the hospitalizations for older adults
- About 1/3 of the senior residents in Texas have experienced a fall
When senior adults fall, TBIs and hip fractures are common. Both can result in severe injuries with many resulting complications. Surgery may be needed for hip fractures, which puts older patients at higher risk. Recovering from a broken hip or TBI can be difficult and slow. Many will require rehabilitation and moving into an assisted living facility. Changes to the senior’s lifestyle and the impact on their family are often significant and permanent.
When the slip and fall resulted from a hazardous issue at a store or business, victims of all ages deserve compensation. Seniors worry that insurance companies will deny their claims and use their age as the reason. Although insurance companies will try to find ANY possible way to deny the claim, you deserve justice. Your age should never matter when it comes to being compensated for a business’ negligence and unsafe premises. Having a skilled personal injury on your side is the best defense to fight for the settlement you deserve.
Although every claim is unique and injuries and losses vary, Chelsie King Garza will fight for every client to get maximum compensation. She is experienced in calculating injury claims and will fight for your rights as a victim of a slip and fall.
We specialize in claims for all ages of victims, from older adults to children. We will fight against the insurance companies who try to take advantage of victims. We will be with you every step of the way in the claims process. Contact us today to discuss your options.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls
To be compensated for your injuries from a slip and fall, you must be able to prove that the business owner’s negligence caused the accident. Negligence occurs when a duty of care is breached, resulting in an injury. Negligence in slip and fall claims often relates to:
- A property or business owner’ failure to maintain safe premises, breaching their duty of care to maintain safe premises for customers and visitors
- Damages resulting from the accident and injuries which include lost income, pain and suffering and medical bills
- A hazardous issue on the property or business premises that causes your injuries due to the slip and fall
There are many potential ways a business or property owner can breach the duty of care, resulting in a slip and fall. Most commonly, the owner or occupant fails to repair a hazard on the premises that should have been identified and resolved through routine inspection. In worse case scenarios, the owner was aware of the issue but neglected to remove the hazard properly. Here are some potential risks that lead to slip and falls:
- Slippery ramps or stairs
- Broken stairs or broken/missing handrails
- Failure to post warnings about dangers that business owners are aware of but cannot fix immediately
- Worn out carpet or flooring that is slippery
- Exposed wires or cords that are not adequately secured
- Objects blocking walkways or left in the middle of the floor
- Slippery or wet floors from spills or recently being cleaned
To prove a slip and fall claim, the business owner, manager, or property owner must be aware of the hazard or should have known about the hazard through proper inspection of the property. However, if the hazard occurred just before you fell before the owner could have removed it or been able to warn you, they likely cannot be held liable for the injuries.
As you can imagine, owners frequently try to claim they could not have known about the unsafe condition when they should have noticed it and remedied it. For example, if you tripped on a mop handle left in the aisle after a worker cleaned up a spill. Still, the manager said it had only been there for 2 minutes, yet video surveillance shows that the mop was left for 10 minutes or longer, a case could be made that the store was negligent in their duty of care.
Our team includes expert investigators to examine what happened prior to your fall and to review store policies. Chelsie King Garza is experienced in proving liability even in the toughest cases. If a business is found to be liable for your injuries, we will continue fighting until you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, we’re here to help. Call us right now at 713-893-8808 or CLICK HERE to submit your case for a free evaluation.
What to do after a Slip and Fall Accident
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident at a business or someone else’s property, take the following steps to protect your right to receive compensation:
- Seek emergency medical treatment. Seek medical evaluation of your injuries and call an ambulance if needed. Seeing a doctor for prompt diagnosis and treatment of your injuries creates an official emergency medical record that can help you prove the cause of your injuries.
- Document the scene of the incident before going to the emergency room. Take photos of the hazardous issue that caused your slip and fall. Include photos of the entire scene because it may be relevant to your case to prove that the business was negligent.
- Contact the manager to file an incident report. The report is evidence to support your injury claim if the store tries to dispute what happened.
- Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. You can learn about your legal rights and options, and the firm can begin investigating the incident to determine whether the business is liable.
We understand that you are preoccupied with medical treatment and care for your injuries and recovery.
We are here to help! Chelsie King Garza is an experienced lawyer dedicated to making slip and fall claims as easy as possible, so please call us at 713-893-8808, or CLICK HERE to send us a message about your case.
We Are Available Now to Help with Your Slip and Fall Insurance Claim
Many people don’t know they have the right to file a claim against the business owner’s insurance company for a slip and fall injury. All businesses must have insurance to cover their liability in case of an accident, just like all drivers must have car insurance policies to cover accidents. Insurance companies are well known for making the claims process difficult and trying to deny compensation.
A company’s top priority is to protect their profits. Even though insurance companies pledge to help, they are ultimately trying to protect their bottom line. It is in their best interest to deny claims to protect their profits. Therefore, the claims process is designed to limit the number of payments whenever possible.
Large companies and store chains have policies with insurance companies that are skilled at denying claims even when they are legitimate. Corporate insurance companies and many businesses go to great lengths to cover up mistakes to prevent liabilities for accidents like injuries from slip and falls.
There are many ways insurance companies will try to reduce your payment or deny your claim by denying they were liable for the accident. The issue of liability is frequently contested in slip and fall incidents. Insurance companies claim that victims lost their balance causing their fall. They will deny a hazard existed or that the hazard caused your fall. The insurance company’s goal is to blame you for what happened so that they are not held responsible, and they don’t have to pay the claim. To combat the insurance company’s deceitful tactics, Chelsie King Garza and her team will do a thorough investigation and present clear proof of negligence regarding your slip and fall claim. We have the skills and experience to prove the business was negligent and should be held responsible for your injuries. Handling these complex and complicated claims are our specialty, to get what you deserve is the most important reason to call an injury lawyer if you’ve been injured in a slip and fall.
We will help you get the maximum compensation and full benefits. Even when the business owner takes responsibility for the slip and fall accident, the insurance company may still try to reduce the claim or deny part of your treatments. The insurance company may fight you on issues such as the number of treatments required for your type of injury. They may try to deny you compensation for pain and suffering or resist paying you for the time you missed. The insurance adjuster may claim the injuries were from pre-existing conditions instead of the slip and fall.
When the insurance company claims your injuries are not serious, it can be upsetting on top of dealing with the painful recovery as well as stress at home and work due to the injuries. Dealing with their doubt and harassment in this challenging time can be overwhelming. However, don’t hesitate to ask for help. We are experts in slip and fall claims and experienced in dealing with combative insurance companies. We will gather expert testimony in addition to your medical records and use every available resource to prove the full extent and severity of your injuries to fight for fair compensation.
Insurance adjusters and insurance companies take advantage of people without legal representation. They will tell you that a lawyer is not necessary. This is not true. Don’t go it alone.
Having a strong legal team behind will help you get the compensation you deserve after an unfortunate slip and fall accident.
There are two strategies that insurance companies use to avoid paying fair settlements. They promise a quick settlement but give you a low offer. Or they delay the processing of your claim so that you lose interest and give up.
Now that you know the tactics insurance companies use to avoid paying claims, never accept a settlement offer after a slip and fall injury without consulting an experienced attorney. Only attorneys who are experienced with personal injury claims can correctly calculate the complete loss and full claim value. Most people are inexperienced with insurance claims and tend to underestimate their losses. Chelsie King Garza will work with you to ensure you don’t pay out-of-pocket.
Often, just by having our firm represent you, insurance companies will take your claim seriously because they know you will not back down or accept an offer that is less than you deserve. Even if the insurance company tries to make you a low settlement offer, we will negotiate with them to increase the settlement to the compensation you deserve. Working with our firm typically will result in a higher settlement offer in a shorter amount of time.
Sometimes, the insurance company will be unwilling to cooperate and refuse to make a fair offer. At this point, some attorneys will encourage you to accept the offer to settle the case. However, our team is willing to continue fighting until we get full compensation for every client. We are not afraid to file a lawsuit against the insurance company and take them to court. This escalation often convinces the insurance company to provide a fair settlement.
Contact a Houston Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a slip and fall in counties such as Houston, Humble, Spring, The Woodlands, Cypress, Tomball, or anywhere in Texas, our Houston based legal team is ready to help. Chelsie King Garza, PC, and her team have the experience and skills to seek maximum compensation even for the most complex cases.
Chelsie King Garza has over 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims. If you have been injured in a slip and fall, contact us right away for a free consultation. Contact us before you sign anything to protect your rights to the full compensation you deserve.
Chelsie King Garza works on a contingency fee, so you pay nothing upfront. Call today at 713-893-8808 or contact us online.