The Dallas personal injury lawyers at Montgomery Law are here to help make sure you get the medical care you need, as well as the compensation you deserve following an injury caused by a premises issue or property-owner negligence.
If you were hurt after slipping, tripping, or falling for any reason while at an apartment complex (even if in the parking lot), you should report the incident to the landlord or property manager immediately. Premises liability law is complex, but in many cases, the apartment complex may be liable for your injuries.
It’s important that the incident is documented, and that any potential evidence is gathered right away. Helpful evidence can include taking pictures of whatever you slipped, tripped, or fell on (e.g., uneven concrete, broken steps, holes, water, pool hazards, etc). You should also take pictures of the shoes you were wearing at the time of the incident (if applicable), as well as any injuries you suffered as a result. This evidence can be critical to proving your claim and obtaining compensation.
Slip and fall cases can be difficult to prove because the legal “standard of proof” is more challenging than with other types of injury cases, such as car accidents. In Texas, your attorney must be able to prove that the apartment complex knew (or should have reasonably known) about the dangerous condition, yet failed to remedy the hazard. This can be a difficult standard to meet, but our law firm is happy to evaluate the strength of your case free of charge at 214-720-6090 (local) or 1-833-720-6090 (toll-free).
It is extremely important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible after a slip and fall accident at an apartment complex. The reason for this is that, assuming your lawyer can prove the apartment complex was at fault for your slip and fall accident, your attorney must also prove that your injuries were a result of the slip and fall that took place in the apartment complex.
Delaying medical treatment gives the apartment complex’s insurance company a reason to challenge the validity of your claim, while also providing you with no proof of any actual (economical) damages; a necessary element to any personal injury claim.
Let your treating doctor know exactly what led to your accident, where you were, as well as an pain you are experiencing as a result. If you cannot afford to see a doctor, our attorneys may be able to help find a doctor who will treat you—even if you don’t have medical insurance—for no out of pocket cost.
These doctors agree to provide treatment, but only get paid if you win a settlement. This is the same with attorneys’ fees. Typically, most personal injury lawyers (like us) will never charge you a fee unless—and until—they win your case. If you don’t get paid, neither do we.
If you’ve reported the incident to the apartment complex’s property manager, the insurance company (if they don’t deny liability right away) may want to speak to you. DO NOT provide the insurance company with a statement without consulting an attorney first. In fact, let your attorney handle all of the communication moving forward.
The law when it comes to slip and fall accidents (especially in regard to apartment complexes) is very tricky. If you provide a statement without first consulting an attorney, you could inadvertently ruin any chance of a successful claim. A good personal injury lawyer will advise you on what questions to expect, as well as what “tricks” to watch out for. This will prevent you from making statements that can be used against you later.
The apartment complex’s insurance company may play nice at first and make you feel as though they are trying to help you, but in reality their goal is to find any way to avoid liability and deny your claim. Speaking to the insurance company is not in your best interests, but we can handle the entire process for you and give you your best chance at a fair settlement. Call our Dallas slip and fall lawyers at 214-720-6090 (local) or 1-833-720-6090 (toll-free) for a free consultation.