slip and fall

Slip and fall accidents are all too common in Texas. This is due to the nature of the type of work that is more common here in Texas. Agriculture, construction, and similar fields are some of the most prone to seeing serious slip and fall accidents. 

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, “Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls”. That means you need legal representation to get your full slip and fall settlement amount! Contact Ryan Thompson and our team of experienced Dallas slip and fall accident lawyers at Thompson Law today

One of the biggest challenges in most slip and fall cases is determining fault, and if the property owner should be held responsible for some or all of the blame based on their inability to provide safe conditions. If you are injured on the job this is a different scenario than if you were injured while at a store or on someone’s personal property. You need a team of experienced slip and fall attorneys in Dallas to help get you the settlement you deserve. Contact us today for your free consultation. We don’t make a dime until you do!

More Information on Slip and Fall Settlements

Lost Wages Settlement

Anytime someone is forced to miss work due to injuries or obligations that were caused as a result of an accident, part of the settlement includes payments for lost wages. There is a major distinction between work that has already been missed vs work that will still need to be missed. For projecting future lost wages there are some standard scenarios that Nolo covers. Basically, if you can still work but can’t do your previous job, your settlement will be different than someone who isn’t able to work at all anymore, or someone who can’t perform their old job right now but will be able to in the future.

Slip and Fall Settlement 

When you find yourself in a slip and fall accident in Texas, you need to get the best personal injury lawyer. Slip and fall accidents are often overlooked or brushed off by employees. However, it is important to get the proper medical treatment so that you have a basis to start your claim.  

Tax Implications of Your Settlement Amount

The IRS has compiled an information sheet to break down some basic instances of how to determine if all or part of your settlement is taxable. The general rule of thumb is that any compensation directly related to the physical damages incurred will not be taxable. So generally subsequent injuries and ongoing mental anguish or trauma as a result of the accident may be taxable. These are all just very loose rules of thumb and if you want to read all about the tax implications of your settlement you can visit the IRS page dedicated to this topic.

Slip and Fall Accidents in the Workplace

Slip and fall accidents in the workplace are very common and account for 16% of all claims according to workers comp statistics from ITT-Hartford Insurance Company. Falls from elevation are generally more dangerous. Falls from elevation comprises approximately 40% of compensable fall cases. Fatalities due to slip and fall accidents are not common. However, approximately 10% of occupational fatalities are a result of a slip and fall accident. 

Some examples of slip and fall accidents in the workplace are:

  • Wet floors
  • Lack of proper maintenance or repairs causing a walking surface to be uneven or unsteady for someone to walk on
  • Unmarked steps
  • Improperly secured ladders
  • Improper footwear for the job being performed (if instructed to wear these shoes you are not at fault). Please wear the proper foot protection that your employer asks you to wear. This will ensure that you can’t be held responsible

Texas Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Accidents

If you or a loved one were a victim of a slip and fall accident, due to the negligence of someone else, you are entitled to claim a settlement for the damages and pain incurred. Often people who are victims of slip and fall accidents in Texas pay for their medical expenses out of pocket. Or even worse take the low-ball settlement offers that insurance companies try to pressure you into following an accident.

Oftentimes, insurance companies or the individual(s) involved in causing your accident will try to get you to take a lower settlement than what you are entitled to. You have up to 2 years to pursue legal action in our great state of Texas. According to Nolo.com, “The statute of limitations that will apply to a slip and fall injury claim in Texas is the same as the larger one that applies to all personal injury cases filed in the state’s civil court system. Specifically, Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code section 16.003 sets a two-year deadline for the filing of any civil action seeking a legal remedy for personal injury.”

Comparative Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases

Contributory Negligence is a concept that you want to be familiar with if you are a Texas resident. Texas follows comparative negligence common law. This means that if a slip and fall case goes to trial in Texas, the state’s “modified comparative negligence rule” will determine how much you can still receive from the property owner. 

The modified comparative negligence rule is relatively simple. Whatever percentage of blame the jury finds the victim of the accident guilty of, is reduced from the settlement. For example, say you got into a slip and fall accident in Texas and your settlement was worth $100,000. Then the jury found you 30% responsible for the accident. That means that you would be entitled to $70,000 because your settlement would have been reduced by $30,000 due to proving your 30% negligence. 

As you can imagine, insurance companies and corporate legal teams will do everything they can to try to increase the amount of negligence that can be blamed on the victim. Don’t let the insurance companies push you around! 

Do not let insurance adjusters take advantage of you or your loved ones after a slip and fall accident. Call Thompson Law for a free consultation. Let us go up to bat for you. We have experience navigating the clever and shady tactics of insurance companies, and a proven track record of success for our clients. 

The Thompson Law Difference

Ryan Thompson has been ranked in the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers and is a Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Don’t hesitate, call us and get your free case evaluation today!

Statute of Limitations

A study by the Texas Department of Workers Compensation reveals Texas employers recorded over 177,900 non-fatal workplace injuries in 2018.  Additionally, the Texas Department of Transportation recorded 19,506 serious injury crashes, with 30,992 serious injury victims and 3,722 motor vehicle fatalities in 2019. If you had an accident and considering the possibility of bringing a personal injury suit in the state of Texas, Thompson Law Injury Lawyers offers answers to all your questions.

What Is an Injury Claims Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations is an imposed statutory limit on the duration you have filed a lawsuit after suffering some type of harm. All the US states have set statutory limits on the duration you have to file an injury lawsuit.

After a slip and fall, traffic accident, and other damages caused by other persons, you could be thinking of filing a personal injury in Texas’s law courts system. Before you do so, you must acquaint yourself with the state’s injury claims statute of limitations.

What Is Texas’ Injury Claims Statute of Limitations?

Texas’s statute of limitations for a personal injury directs that you file the injury lawsuit within a two-year time limit from the date of the injury (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code section 16.003.). You must file your lawsuit within this timeline to avoid losing a chance to receive damages for your injuries as per your rights.

What If I File the Injury Lawsuit After the Deadline?

Should you file your lawsuit after the two-year window has lapsed, the court may refuse to hear that claim. This means you will lose a chance to get fair compensation regardless of how strong your case is. After you file the case, the defendant will likely file a motion to dismiss the case based on a lapsed deadline. The court will summarily dismiss the case. However, there are rare exceptions that may entitle you to extra time. Contact your personal injury attorney whenever you are in doubt.

The Exceptions to Texas’s Injury Statute of Limitations

The state of Texas has identified several situations that may extend the filing deadline to allow litigants to file their injury claims past the two-year limit.

A few scenarios that may likely lead to the modification of the Statute of Limitations include:

Claims Involving Minor

Where the injured person is legally termed as “Under a Legal disability” as per the Texas law, the Statute of Limitations may be modified. A person who is termed as “under a legal disability” could either be under the age of 18 or of “unsound mind” when the accident or incident that caused them personal injuries occurred. In such a case, the deadline clock is paused until the period of legal disability is over. This means that the statute of limitation will be applied once the injured person turns 18 or becomes mentally healthy.

Claims Involving Sex Crimes Against Adults

Under Texas law, a victim of sex crimes should bring a suit for personal injury not later than five years from the day they suffered harm. The injury should arise due to conduct that infringes specific provisions of section 21 and 43 of the Texas Penal code that outlaws sexual assault of an adult, aggrieved sexual assault of an adult, actions that promote the prostitution of an adult, and sexual trafficking of an adult.

Claims Against First-Party Automobile Insurance

In Texas, the deadline for filing the claim against first-party automobile insurance is between two and four years. First-party automobile insurance suits include an underinsured motorist claim, an uninsured motorist claim, or a personal injury protection claim. The lawsuits are filed against your own insurance company according to a written contract.

Some Maritime Claims

Maritime accidents have several statutes of limitations that may apply under state and federal law. However, the standard time for filing maritime claims is three years from when you suffer an injury.

Inherently Undiscoverable Injuries

If an injury qualifies as ‘inherently undiscoverable’ within the two-year statute of limitation, by the exercise of due diligence, a claim can be subject to the discovery rule. If the court rules that the discovery rule applies, the statute of limitations is suspended until such a time when the injury is discovered in the exercise of due diligence.

Asbestos and Silica-Related Claims

Claims for personal injuries or death that result from asbestosis or silica-related illnesses have an extended statute of limitations. The two-year statute limit will not run before the date of the exposed person’s death or and the date that you serve a defendant a required report.

If the Defendant Leaves the State

If the defendant leaves the state of Texas at some point after the accident and before the lawsuit is filed, the deadline clock will pause until their return. As such, the period of their absences is not counted as part of the two years stated in the Statutes of Limitations.

Why Do We Have Statutes of Limitations?

The Statutes of Limitations have been part of the US judiciary system for hundreds of years. The main objective of these rules is to protect the defendants’ rights and enhance the credibility of the court processes. These rules encourage the plaintiffs to pursue their lawsuit with some level of diligence. The statute of limitation also ensures critical evidence is not lost over time. It also guarantees the witnesses who will testify in court can draw on more recent and reliable memories.

Do You Need Help with Personal Injury Claims? Trust Thompson Law Injury Lawyers

A personal injury from road crashes, unsafe environments, or abuse can alter your life and those of your loved ones in an unprecedented manner. After a devastating injury, you need help to deal with insurance companies and lawsuits. At Thomson law, our personal injury lawyers are committed to fight for you and ensure you receive fair compensation so that you focus your energies on full recovery. With us, you only pay when we win. For more details, get a free case review with one of our experienced attorneys at law.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today

Determining fault in a car accident can be a complicated process. However, it is crucial to make such determinations for you to recover from your injuries and losses fully. Car crashes can result in severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), dislocations or bone fractures, neck and spine injuries, and more.  Hiring Thompson Law’s accident and injury lawyers ensure you file a successful claim and get appropriate compensation. At Thompson Law, our initial consultation and case evaluation are free. Call (844) 308-8180 or contact us online today for more details.

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Accidents happen every day. However, when these accidents result in devastating injuries and life-long debilitating pain because of another person’s wrongful actions, the situation can often become unbearable. Additionally, oftentimes, the amount of time you have to file a legal claim to collect compensation for these injuries is limited. Learn all the ins and outs about suing in Texas.

Navigating these situations can be tricky and confusing. We know that here at Thompson Law. With our expertise in helping clients win more than $1.8 billion on their cases, we want to help you better understand the timeline of suing someone in Texas.

The Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is a law that dictates the maximum amount of time you have to start legal proceedings from the date of an alleged offense. If you do not file your claim within this allotted time, you may be barred from obtaining compensation for your injuries. Additionally, two other essential takeaways from the statute of limitations law include:

  • The length of time allowed under the statute of limitations will depend on the jurisdiction where the case is being disputed and the severity of the offense.
  • There are several exceptions to the rule that can extend or decrease the amount of time you have to file.

How Long Can You Wait to Sue in Texas

In Texas, the statute of limitations depends on the type of accident or incident you were involved in. Consider the following offenses:

One-Year Statute of Limitations

  • Libel
  • Slander
  • Malicious prosecution

Two-Year Statute of Limitations

In general, the two-year statute of limitations is the norm for those torts that involve some sort of trespass to personal property, the body, or even land. Typically, the claims subject to the two-year statute of limitations include:

  • Personal Property Damages
  • Personal Injury Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Trespass

 Four-Year Statute of Limitations 

The four-year statute of limitations is often reserved for lawsuits that involve a contractual obligation. These suits often involve disputes over someone’s actions related to a contract, such as debt collection suits, breach of contract, or a breach of fiduciary duty.

If you have been involved in an accident, it may be hard to determine which statute of limitations applies to your case. That is why it is vital to reach out to one of our skilled personal injury attorneys, who can promptly review your case and figure out exactly how much time you have to file your claim.

Exceptions to the Texas Statutes of Limitations

Many people often assume that the statute of limitations is a deadline that is unchangeable, and even though it is a relatively strict timeline. There are a few narrow exceptions to the Texas statute of limitations that can impact the amount of time you have to file:

  • The Age of the Victim: Usually, the statute of limitations will be delayed if the person affected by an accident is under 18. In these situations, the statute of limitations is delayed until the individual turns 18 years old.
  • Concealment that is Fraudulent: One of the most common exceptions to the statute of limitations is fraud. The fraud clause applies if the defendant concealed information from the victim and the victim did not know about this information. When fraud is involved, the statute of limitations will not start until the information is discovered or could have been reasonably discovered.
  • Unsound Mind: Generally, if the victim was of unsound mind when an accident occurred, the statute of limitations will not begin until they are of sound mind.
  • The Discovery Rule: Normally, the statute of limitations clock begins to tick as soon as an injury occurs. However, when victims are unaware of their harm, the statute of limitations timeline does not begin until they discover or reasonably should have discovered their injuries.
  • Government Agencies: If a government agency is liable for your harm, special rules can apply to limit how much time you have to file your case and how much money you can collect.

Because of these legal nuances that apply to the Texas statute of limitations, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to help you navigate whether or not you have a case. Our lawyers can swiftly review the facts of your case and determine if any of these exceptions apply.

Get the Legal Help From an Experienced Legal Team You Can Trust

If you have been harmed in an accident, you are going through a lot. Not only are you battling severe injuries and significant pain, but many times the legal issues you are tackling are complex and tedious. However, you do not have to go through this ordeal on your own. At the personal injury law firm of Thompson Law, we can help you understand your legal options while we fight zealously for you and your rights.

When you work with Thompson Law, our legal team focuses on providing you with the following experience:

  • Family Feel: We have an empathy-first approach to all of our cases. You are already going through a difficult time and we want to make this as easy as possible for you. Our team cares about you and wants the best outcome for your case to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and struggle.
  • Attention You Deserve: We are available 24/7 and have various contact methods, ensuring you can get a lawyer in 15 minutes or less. We have the power of a large firm but our team cares about our clients as family, making sure you get the attention you need. We offer language assistance through our competent bilingual legal staff.
  • Results: We fight vigorously for our clients, and since our founding, we have won over $1.8 billion for them through settlement awards and jury verdicts. Our fees are not the goal, and we only get paid when you succeed.

If you have suffered an injury because of another person’s wrongful actions, we are ready to take on your case and go after the damages and justice you deserve. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, contact our firm today and get a free case review to get your most urgent questions answered and discuss the legal options you can pursue. Call us at (866) 293-4768 today for a free case evaluation and let our experienced Dallas auto accident lawyer represent your case.

dog bite injury

Did you know that approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year? And that more than 800,000 of those bites require medical attention? Despite being man’s best friend, sometimes dogs can turn into man’s worst nightmare, especially when agitated.

Children are common victims of dog attacks, with lip, chin, nose, cheek, and neck injuries being the most prevalent. These bites typically lead to severe injuries that attract millions of dollars in medical bills ($165 million spent annually in treating dog bites).

So the big question is, which dog breed is the most dangerous? And when should you hire an attorney to help you win a dog bite lawsuit? We answer which dog breed is the most dangerous via temperament test results from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS).

Most Aggressive Dog Breeds

 

1. Dachshund

The Dachshund is categorized as a “hound” by the AKC and can range in size anywhere from eight to 32 pounds. Dachshunds are prone to “small dog syndrome”, which typically means that they make up for their small size with a big attitude. They tend to have a strong hunting instinct, but do not enjoy rough play, so oftentimes tend to not be great with children unless socialized well at an early age.

Dachshund Temperament Test Results*

Dachshund

 

2. Chihuahua

While the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog (typically four to six pounds) registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC), they are very temperamental dogs are known to bite or snip at people who come too close to their owner. Chihuahuas are typically one or two-person dogs and are very loyal and devoted to their owners, which can lead to jealousy issues.

Chihuahua Temperament Test Results*

Chihuahua Dog Bite Injury

 

3. Chow Chow

Chow Chows are typically medium-sized dogs, ranging from 45 to 70 pounds and classified as a “non-sporting” dog by the AKC. Chow Chows tend to have dominant personalities and can become assertive or aggressive at times if not trained correctly. They tend to have poor peripheral vision, which allows for easy startlement and possible defensive aggression.

Chow Chow Temperament Test Results*

chow chow dog bite injury

 

4. Doberman Pinscher

Listed as a “working” dog by the AKC, the Doberman Pinscher ranges in size from 70 to 90 pounds on average and was originally bred for protection. Dobermans are highly intelligent and have been used as guard dogs and police work for decades. They have strong protective instincts towards their owners and can easily become aggressive if they feel they or their owners are threatened.

Doberman Temperament Test Results*

doberman

 

5. Dalmatian

Dalmatians are also considered a “working” class dog and on average range in size from 45 to 60 pounds. Dalmatians have been known guard dogs as far back as the 18th century. They are highly energetic dogs and require frequent opportunities to release energy through exercise and play. Without these energy releases, they may resort to rough play and become aggressive.

Dalmatian Temperament Test Results*

Dalmatian dog bite injury

 

6. Rottweiler

Rottweilers are categorized by the AKC as a “working” dog and they average in size from 85 to 130 pounds. Initially, Rottweilers were bred exclusively for herding cattle. Rottweilers tend to be aloof and do not typically like strangers. They tend to be extremely loyal and protective of their owners and homes. Rottweilers are responsible for approximately 40 human fatalities every year, thanks to their defensive nature. They are usually good-natured with children, but because of size and energy level, small children are at a higher risk of injury from Rottweilers.

Rottweiler Temperament Test Results*

rottweiler dog bite injury

 

7. German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is classified as a “herding” dog by the AKC and range from 70 to 85 pound on average. Highly intelligent and protective, German Shepherds tend to make great guard dogs. German Shepherds are the primary choice for law enforcement and military dogs. If trained as a guard dog, with their intelligence and size, German Shepherd bites can do catastrophic damage or even cause fatalities.

German Shepherd Temperament Test Results*

German Shepherd

 

8. Jack Russell Terrier

Classified by the AKC as the “Parson Russell Terrier”, these dogs average 14 to 18 pounds and are in the “terrier” group. Russell Terriers tend to be highly energetic and stubborn, which can lead to training issues. With low patience levels, they are not typically tolerant of children and are more likely to lash out at children while they feel threatened.

Jack Russell Terrier Temperament Test Results*

Jack Russell

 

 

9. American Staffordshire / Pit Bull Terrier

American Staffordshire Terriers, commonly known as just “Pit Bulls”, are categorized as a “terrier” by the AKC and typically range from 55 to 65 pounds. Pit Bulls were bred originally as guard dogs and for dogfighting, so they tend to be stockier and stronger dogs. Pit Bulls are fiercely protective and loyal to their families and may attack if they feel threatened or that there is a threat to their owners.

Pit Bull Temperament Test Results*

pitt bull dog bite injury

 

 

10. Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a “working” class dog that ranges from around 35 to 79 pounds on average, according to the AKC. Huskies tend to be territorial and protective of their owners and can be particularly protective over children in a family. Siberian Huskies are highly intelligent and can be quite stubborn, as well as being high energy dogs. If not kept mentally stimulated, as well as physically exercised properly, Huskies can easily turn to rough play, which can result in injuries.10.                   Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky Temperament Test Results*

siberian husky dog bite injury


What Should I Do If I’ve Been Bitten By a Dog?

Pursuing a Dog Bite Injury Claim

Having learned about ten of the most aggressive dog breeds, you may be wondering what to do if you or a loved one are bitten by a dog. Your first step should be to call a personal injury attorney for a free case review. A personal injury attorney can help you seek compensation for damages sustained from a dog bite. Below are some ways in which an attorney can assist victims:

  • Seek compensation for injuries sustained
  • Represent the pet owner for a euthanasia case
  • Intervene on behalf of the dog owner if the insurance company refutes the claim
  • Seek compensation for pet owners if their dog gets bitten by another dog

How to File a Dog Bite Claim in Texas

Texas is one of 35 states that does not have the one-bite rule. The one-bite rule dictates that a dog owner can only bear strict liability for their dog’s life-threatening actions if they knew or should have known about the dangers, which have manifested more than once. Put simply, a bite victim cannot hold the owner liable for injuries unless the dog has a history of aggressiveness or previous attacks. This means that in Texas, there are only two avenues for a personal injury lawyer to file a dog bite claim: negligence and strict liability.

Negligence

In a negligence case, the victim must prove that the dog owner or caretaker failed to handle their pet reasonably or prudently, hence the bite. In particular, the plaintiff must prove all of the following to recover compensation:

  • The defendant is the rightful owner of the animal.
  • The defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent the dog from causing harm to others.
  • The defendant failed to observe that duty.
  • That failure to observe the duty of care led to the injuries.

Strict Liability

If a dog has a track record of viciousness, mischief, or danger, Texas courts may impose strict liability on the owner. That is, if a dog has caused personal injury before, the victim won’t bother proving that the owner did not observe the duty of care. The injured party only need to prove that:

  • The owner knew the dog’s history of danger.
  • The dog has bitten a person before.

How Thompson Law Can Help

If you or your loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, we are only one call away. We have an expert and experienced team of dog bite attorneys that will review your case and fight tooth and nail for compensation for lost wages, psychological counseling, past and future medical bills, disfigurement, pain, and suffering, and more. Contact us today and let us review your case for free and join the list of personal injury victims who we have helped recover over $1.8 billion in financial compensation.

 

 

* Statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)

dog bites

While dogs may be the winners of the internet and generally do humans a lot of good, there do happen to be occasions where man’s best friend can become man’s worst enemy. Animal attacks or dog bites are frightening and can result in pain, disease, injury and lasting damage. Thompson Law has meaningful experience in dog bite injury cases just see our results for the story of our past success. 

Legal issues around dog owner responsibility, premises duty of care, victim trespassing and more can complicate dog bite injury cases. In these circumstances, the experience and specialization of Thompson Law, DFW’s dog bite injury lawyer, are tremendous assets to winning you the best possible outcome and gaining you every last penny of your just compensation.  

Who is Liable for a Dog Bite Incident when the Victim is a Trespasser? 

The question of liability in a dog bite case is often more complicated than you might think, due to the various individuals who may be responsible for the actions of an animal at a given time and place. This becomes even more complicated when the victim of the dog bite attack is trespassing at the time of the incident. Whether or not you are liable is a question that an experienced animal attack attorney can help to answer.  

Potential Liable Parties: 

  • The dog owner (including the parents of a minor dog owner)  
  • Landlord / Property Owner of the location where the incident occurred  
  • Security Company responsible for the safety of a given premises  
  • Commercial Company responsible for the space where the incident occurred  
  • Insurer for the property owner or renter of the location of the attack 
  • Dog walkers 
  • Kennel owners  

What if I have a “Beware of Dog” sign? 

Comparative Negligence does play a role in Texas dog bite disputes. For example, a dog owner who posts a “Beware of dog” sign on the enclosed area where the dog is located can argue for lesser responsibility in the attack incident. The posting may constitute a reasonable warning to property visitors that means those visitors also have a responsibility to their own safety on that property.  

Invited Guest vs. Trespasser vs. Salesperson 

In most cases, property owners or renters have a “duty of care” on private property to provide for the safety and well-being of individuals entering that property, including their invited guests and other visitors such as salespeople, delivery people, or other solicitors. Trespassers complicate this question of the duty of care, and the regulations on animal owners in the circumstance of an attack on a trespasser vary by state. In Texas, as in many states, the duty of care or standard of care owed to trespassers is lower than to lawful individuals on a property. Thus, if you as the property owner have taken reasonable measures to secure your animal or warn individuals on your property as to the presence of an animal, your liability for the incident may be decreased.  

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Dog Classifications 

According to the City of Dallas (any many other cities and townships utilize similar classifications, typically as mandated by the state), an aggressive dog and a dangerous dog have distinct meanings, and owners of these animals are required to comply with animal ownership regulations accordingly. 

An aggressive dog is a dog that has at least once, while not legally restrained, killed or injured a legally restrained domestic or livestock anima.  

dangerous dog is an animal that attacks and causes injury to a human without provocation.  

Each of these categorizations has a related legal definition and a distinct determination process as regulated by city code. Owner of dangerous or aggressive dogs are subject to increased annual registration fees, compliance in entry to a city-wide database of dangerous or aggressive animals, and meeting requirements of ownership.  

Additionally, Texas is a “Strict Liability” state, meaning a victim injured by a dog already deemed aggressive or dangerous by the state does not need to prove the failure of reasonable care or restraint by the owner. The classification of the animal is enough to confirm liability.  

What to do After a Dog Bites a Trespasser? 

In the immediate aftermath of a dog bite attack, it’s understandable that you may be extremely overwhelmed. With that understood, it is critically important to call the proper authorities and contact an experienced dog bite attorney for advicon how to proceed.    

First – Seek safety at the scene. In a situation where your dog has bitten a trespasser, the individual may be harmless and have accidentally wandered on to your property, or they may be there for purposes of malintent. Either way, be sure you stay safe. Secure the animal if you are able to do so without compromising your own safety and move to a separate but nearby location.  

Second – Call the Proper Authorities after an animal attack – the police. Once the police arrive and are taking the report, they will engage in animal control and other agencies as needed. Of course, if injuries are very severe, call 911 for help from both police and emergency medical services (EMS). Fast and expert medical help can make all the difference in a successful recovery after a serious dog bite.    

Third – Call an Expert Personal Injury Lawyer. Children are not the only victims who need help and representation by legal counsel after an attack, adults too should seek legal resources to help on their path to recovery and just compensation for the event.   

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Related Resources 

City of Dallas Animal Services – Dog Classifications 

Dallas City Code on Dog Bites 

Contact Thompson Law for Help 

Get Legal Help After a Dog Bite with Thompson Law 

After a dog bite injury, many people are hesitant to reach out for help from a medical provider, let alone from an attorney. However, the fact is that a standard of care is owed to you as a human being entering the domain of another individual or company, regardless of whether or not dogs are on the premises. You are deserving of health and healing, and if you have experienced a dog attack, you are deserving of recovery and compensation for your medical bills, pain, and suffering. 

Ryan “The Lion” Thompson and his experienced attorneys at Thompson Law know your rights and will fight hard for what you deserveIf you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite attack, reach out anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the advice you need and the fierce representation you want. Call the fours at 214-444-4444 in Dallas, 817-444-4444 in Fort Worth, 972-444-4444 in North Dallas, 469-444-4444 in the DFW Mid-Cities, or toll free at the number listed below: 

Call (844) 308-8180

 

Learn more about the help that a personal injury lawyer can provide after a dog bite incident.  

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so if you have been injured in a dog bite accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call the 4 and get the roar lawyer right away for assistance with your injury and claim: 214-444-4444, 817-444-4444, 972-444-4444, 469-444-4444, or toll free at the phone number below. 

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Swimming pool accidents safety guide

Drowning is the #1 Leading Cause of Unintentional Death Worldwide

In the summer, children and adults alike head to the pool to cool off and relax. As fun as the pool can be, pools also pose a serious risk. Pool accidents can occur anywhere from private pools, to public pools, hotels, motels, parks, water parks, and more. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death worldwide, with an average of 372,000 deaths reported annually. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) reported that every day, around 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, 2 are children aged 14 or younger.

Drowning Myths

Most people are under the false assumption that pools are safe unless someone is engaging in horseplay, swimming while intoxicated, or misusing the pool. While these activities certainly pose hazardous risks, most accidental drowning cases occur when the pool is not actively being used. Drowning can happen in the blink of an eye and often happens very quietly. Many people envision scenarios of people flailing around in the water and screaming for help as shown in the movies; however, this is rarely what is seen in real life. Most drowning victims slip beneath the water quickly and quietly and don’t have the ability to motion or yell for help.

Swimming Pool Accident Statistics

Did you know a child can drown in the time that it takes to answer a phone? In fact, a child can be submerged within 10 seconds. After 2 minutes a person can lose consciousness and while the time varies, a person can drown in 4-6 minutes. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that for every child who drowns, 4 are hospitalized for near-drowning. Children who require CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) at the time they arrive at the emergency room have a poor prognosis, with at least half of these drowning survivors suffering significant lifelong neurological impairment. The National Safety Council reported that each year 5,000 children under the age of 14 are hospitalized for near-drowning events, and of these 20% suffer severe permanent disabilities. Healthcare costs for each near-drowning situation range from $75,000 for emergency room visits to $180,000 annually for long-term care.

Types of Swimming Pool Injuries

Drowning, however, is not the only cause of personal injuries at the pool. Swimming pools have been known for causing other significant injuries such as:

  • Slip & Falls – the most common swimming pool-related accident, often caused by dangerous behavior and slippery surfaces
  • Submersion Injuries- Near-drowning accidents can lead to long-term disabilities, including learning and disabilities and memory problems.
  • Pool slide injuries- slide malfunctions can result in catastrophic bodily injuries
  • Pool toy entrapment – tangled or flipped inflatable pool toys have been known to trap young children underwater or make it impossible for swimmers to escape
  • Defective pool toys- toys which fail to function properly can endanger swimmers and can pose serious safety issues
  • Diving board injuries – misuse of or malfunctioning diving boards can lead to catastrophic injuries
  • Drain injuries – suction force from pool drains can lead to drowning or traumatic bodily injuries if a body part or hair covers a drain portal
  • Hair entrapment – suction force can lead to hair entrapment, leading to serious head injuries or drowning
  • Electric defects – water and electricity can lead to fatal or devastating injuries

Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents

Swimming pool accidents and drownings often result from things such as disregarding warning signs or swimmer inexperience. However, swimming pool accidents can also result from negligence on the part of the swimming pool operator or owner. Some common causes of negligence in swimming pool accidents include:

  • Lack of Proper Supervision – in public pools, a lifeguard must be on duty at all times that people are inside the pool. If there is no lifeguard, the pool owner and operator must place a sign warning people. If lifeguards are on duty, they are responsible for watching for any dangers and keeping swimmers safe. Lifeguard who are distracted can lead to tragic consequences.
  • Lack of Anti-entrapment Devices – all swimming pools should have devices in place that protect swimmers from the pool drains. If the proper devices are not installed, then the swimmer is at risk of their hair, clothing, or limbs being caught by the drainage system.
  • Lack of Proper Barriers – proper barriers are essential in preventing children and those who cannot swim from the dangers that a pool presents. Barriers can prevent drownings and should be at least 4ft high and not have any openings big enough for a child to slip and fall in. Pool barriers should also include locks.
  • Uneven or Excessively Slippery Surfaces – the area around the swimming pool is also dangerous, often wet and slippery. Some surfaces such as tile can be excessively slippery and lead to slip and fall accidents. Cracked or uneven pavement and surfaces in and out of the pool can also lead to catastrophic injuries. Proper precautions should be taken to minimize slip and fall accidents around the pool.

Liability in Swimming Pool Accidents

The National Safety Council stated that 80% of drowning occur in residential pools or spas. Those that own and operate swimming pools are responsible for ensuring that the pool is a safe place for all who swim in it. Preventing accidental drownings and personal injuries from happening in a private pool is a full-time job and is the responsibility of the owner. While public pools have lifeguard around the pool to warn swimmers of potential dangers, the most dangerous situations typically arise when no one is in the pool and there is nobody to supervise.

No matter what, the owner of the pool is the person responsible and held liable for providing a safe environment for both adults and children inside and outside of the pool. The homeowner is also responsible for being proactive in accident prevention and ensuring proper pool maintenance. If a homeowner does not want to take adequate measures to prevent unsupervised or unwanted individuals from accessing the pool, they will end up assuming liability if an accident occurs.

Call Thompson Law

Seeking compensation after a catastrophic pool accident requires the skill of an attorney who has specialized knowledge in this area of personal injury law. Attorney Ryan L. Thompson has spent his career protecting the rights of the injured and their families, helping them recover and receive compensation after drowning and other injury accidents.

At Thompson Law, we’ve helped countless families that have been affected by swimming pool accidents. Our team of experienced Texas personal injury attorneys are familiar with the damage that these accidents can cause. If you or a loved one have been injured in a swimming pool accident, contact us today at 844-308-8180

Summer camp injury

Each summer, approximately 14 million kids across the United States will head to summer camps. The American Camp Association estimates that the USA has more than 14,000 camps, around 8,400 of which are sleep-away camps while 5,600 are day camps. While sleep-away camps offer your child a perfect opportunity to experience the great outdoors, enjoy new activities, and interact with new acquaintances, it is not without its fair share of risks. A recent study that tracked the injuries and illnesses experienced by summer campers found that an average of 1.15 illnesses or injuries occurred per 1,000 campers. While these results should be reassuring to parents about the overall safety of summer camps, when injuries do occur, they can be quite serious. 

Common summer camp injuries and illnesses 

Though summer camp accidents happen, they can be prevented by making yourself and your child aware of the potential dangers they face. Some of the most common sleep-away camp illnesses and injuries include: 

Food allergies

The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) estimates that about 5.6 million children under 18 years suffer from food allergies. It is vital that you inform the camp’s administrators of any food allergens your child might be suffering from. Also, some camps specifically cater to campers with food allergies. 

Communicable diseases

With kids sleeping in close quarters and being in contact with each other, they are at risk of passing communicable diseases such as gastroenteritis, respiratory infections, measles, or even meningitis to each other. You can hold the camp operator liable if your personal injury lawyer proves that a disease was as a result of their negligence. 

Slips, trips, and falls

Most summer camp activities include sporting and gaming activities that predispose the campers to slips, trips, and falls. Apart from such activities being supervised, the camp operators should ensure that properly maintained equipment is used. 

Bites and rashes

Most summer camp activities take place on the outdoors. Unfortunately, your child is predisposed to animal and insect bites as well as plants that could irritate the skin. The camp operators have a duty to provide campers with ointments or sprays that prevent bug bites. In case the camp is in a snake-infested area, the camp operators should have a snake bite kit and available means of transport to take any affected camper to a nearby hospital.

Drowning or pool-related injuries

While some camps are near lakes or other water bodies, some have swimming pools to facilitate campers’ recreational activities. As children have different levels of swimming experience, instances of drowning and other pool-related injuries are quite common. 

Burns 

Bonfires are quite common in camps. While burns are rare, campers who are not aware of fire safety rules could get burnt. 

Heatstroke

Campers playing in extremely hot and humid weather are at risk of heatstroke. The camp staff should explain this and take reasonable measures such as preventing outdoor activities and providing the campers with sufficient water. They should also educate them on the need to stay hydrated under such conditions. 

The camp’s responsibility 

Legally, camp owners who allow people to their property must keep the grounds reasonably safe. In this regard, summer camp operators should regularly inspect the camp premises for potential hazards. Should they come across a possibly dangerous condition, they should take measures to correct the problem within a reasonable time frame. Camp attendees should also be warned of the danger and be instructed on how they can avoid it. 

The camp operators should inspect all the equipment used in the summer camp activities. An adult also needs to be always present when the attendees are participating in activities that pose any form of risk. For instance, children should be accompanied on hikes and a lifeguard needs to be posted near a pool or lake. 

Understanding the liability waiver 

Most facilities require the parent to sign a liability waiver when enrolling their kid(s) for summer camp. The liability waiver is meant to help the institution avoid unnecessary lawsuits. While most parents think that signing a liability waiver prevents you from taking legal action, waivers are not always enforceable. Negligence on the part of the summer camp to provide a safe environment for the campers may void the waiver. Waivers may also be found to be overly broad or, conversely, may have been drafted to be overly narrow, thus still enabling parents to pursue a legal action for damages resulting from injury or even illness a child experiences at a summer camp. 

A personal injury attorney can help you determine whether you have a valid cause of action against your child’s summer camp. Such determinations require an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your child’s injury or illness and then assessing those circumstances against the governing law.  

Contact Thompson Law

If your child has sustained injuries in a summer camp, let our personal injury attorneys walk you through your legal options. The Thompson Law team has experienced attorneys and investigators who can help you determine whether you have a valid cause of action against your child’s summer camp. The team at Thompson Law is committed to getting you the compensation you deserve if your child is injured due to negligence on the part of the summer camp to which you entrusted your child’s safety. Contact us at 844-308-8180. We are available 24/7 to assist you. 

Swimming pool premises liability guide

What You Need to Know About Premises Liability and Swimming Pools

Summer is the perfect time for families and friends to enjoy the great outdoors and take advantage of the pool. Texas has many miles of Gulf coastline, rivers, lakes, waterparks, and swimming pools. Swimming is one of the most popular athletic activities in the US, especially in the blistering hot Texas summers. However, this does not come without a cost; Texas is currently #1 in the nation for the most pool drowning deaths. Texas property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises in a safe and hazard-free condition and to remedy any known dangers in a timely manner to prevent accidents from happening. If you are planning on hosting a cookout or pool party, it is your duty to inspect your property and be alert for potential hazards as well as to provide responsible pool ownership and maintenance.

Swimming pools are notoriously dangerous, especially for young children. Before anyone gets near a pool, it is important to make sure that everyone can swim. Texas property owners must take special care to address potential swimming pool accident liability. If a property owner does not take proper steps to ensure that their pool is legally compliant and secured or provide appropriate supervision of swimmers in the pool, they could be held liable for any injuries that occur.

Drowning Statistics in Texas

Drowning is the number two cause of accidental death in children ages 15 and under (behind vehicle accidents). For adults, it’s the 5th leading cause of accidental death.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that 3 children lose their lives daily due to drowning, and if they manage to survive, the oxygen starvation results in life-altering injuries. According to a report by Soundings, approximately 750 children will drown next year, and about 375 of them will be within 25 meters of a parent or other adult. In 10% of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, but have no idea it is happening.

For those that survive, recovery from drowning could last a lifetime. When drowning, oxygen stops flowing to the brain and brain cells begin to die, causing the brain to swell against the skull which then leads to the loss of consciousness. According to research done by Phoenix Children’s Hospital between 5 and 20% of drowning survivors often experience brain trauma that results in the inability to walk, speak or even feed themselves.

What Causes Swimming Pool Accidents?

Swimming pool accidents are always preventable. Some of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents include:

  • No lifeguard on duty or absence of lifeguard
  • Overcrowding
  • Lack of marking and restraints to section off the deep-water section of the pool
  • Lack of restricted access (ie. No fencing or gates)
  • Malfunction of pool
  • Missing safety equipment
  • Negligent pool maintenance

Premises Liability and Swimming Pool Accidents in Texas

The state of Texas premise liability law makes it easy for a person injured in an accident on another person’s property to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the property owner. These laws apply for both commercial establishments such as public swimming pools as well as personal residences. Although premises liability law is complex and contains legal nuances, it generally requires a property owner to warn guests of dangerous conditions on their property that they know of or to repair them.

What is the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine and How Does it Affect Me?

The Attractive Nuisance Doctrine is a legal principle that makes it possible for a trespasser to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a property owner under certain circumstances. While the claim is typically difficult, it is easier when the child is the trespasser who was injured or killed by the hazard. As long as the child lacks the ability to recognize the potential dangers of hazards such as an unguarded swimming pool, the child may be entitled to compensation for trespassing on to your premises to your unguarded swimming pool if an accident occurs.

How Can I Prevent Swimming Pool Accidents?

The best way to deal with swimming pool accidents is to prevent them from happening in the first place. We have put together prevention tips to ensure that you are safe from accidental drownings.

  • Learn life-saving skills – Learn how to swim and teach your children how to swim. It is important for everyone to know the basics of swimming (moving through the water, floating, swimming) and CPR.
  • Restrict Access – if you have a pool, install a four-sided fence around your backyard swimming pool with childproof locks to prevent slip and fall accidents or accidental drownings. This will help to keep children away from the area when there is no one there to watch them.
  • Always have a life jacket – kids should always wear life jackets around natural bodies of water, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets can also be used for in and around swimming pools for weak swimmers.
  • Be aware – when kids are near or in water (including bathtubs) make sure they are supervised at all times. Drowning happens quietly and quickly. Kids can also drown in “kiddie pools”. 57.2% of pool diving accidents occur in water 4ft deep or less.

What Happens if the Victim in a Swimming Pool Accident was Negligent?

Often, the person killed or injured in a swimming pool accident has been negligent themselves. Examples of negligence include; swimming while intoxicated, swimming alone after a pool has been closed, or engaging in horseplay around or in the pool. Under Texas law, the person who was partially responsible for their own injuries may still recover damages, as long as the victim was less than 51 percent responsible. However, the damages recovered will be reduced based on the percentage of fault credited to the victim.

Swimming Pool Accident Injuries

Drowning is not the only risk involved in pool accidents. Other common causes of swimming pool-related injuries include:

  • Slip and fall accidents on wet surfaces surrounding the pool
  • Diving board and slide accidents
  • Injuries from contact with drains, pumps, motors, Polaris, and other equipment

Pool accidents can lead to concussions, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and even drowning deaths. Often, victims of swimming pool accidents require long-term medical care. Along with emergency hospitalization, victims of near-drowning injuries or spinal cord injuries frequently are transferred to other medical facilities and rehabs for continued treatment. In many cases, pool accidents result in severe brain damage and permanent disabilities, requiring ongoing rehabilitation and in-home care.

Does Insurance Cover Swimming Pool Liability?

While a homeowner’s insurance policy may offer coverage for a pool, any sort of coverage, even the most inclusive policy a homeowner can purchase, is not going to be enough to protect them should you or a child be seriously injured in the pool. Typically, pool owners are required to obtain a separate insurance policy for swimming pool liability, or an umbrella policy for the home, which would provide enough coverage for most accidents. Legal action may be required depending on the nature of the swimming pool accident and the willingness or the insurance company to pay for the damages sustained.

At Thompson Law, we understand what you are going through and have represented hundreds of clients going through this. You are not alone, and we are here to help you fight for the settlement you deserve. We have a record of success holding negligent parties and their insurers accountable. You can rely on us to aggressively pursue your case while you focus on what matters most, healing. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a swimming pool accident, call us today at 844-308-8180

There’s a reason why dogs have been called man’s best friend. Approximately 42.5 million households in the U.S. own one or more dogs. As friendly and loyal as dogs can be under normal circumstances, they can be just as dangerous and aggressive under the wrong circumstances. The problem is that not all dog owners are responsible, and therefore their dogs often go without the training and socialization they need for safe handling. Dogs are naturally protective and unpredictable creatures, and if they’re aggressive or frightened they can be downright dangerous.

That’s why Dallas TX dog bite victims and their families rely on the offices of Thompson Law Injury Lawyers to get them the compensation they need after an attack. Don’t accept a meager settlement from an insurance adjuster. Hire our personal injury lawyers to get to work on your dog attack case today.

Dog Bites in Dallas TX

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the number of dog bite attacks. In fact, Texas has a higher incidence of reported dog bites and deaths resulting from dog bites than any other state. Despite the fact that most of these fatalities are caused by pit bulls, Texas doesn’t have any legislation when it comes to dangerous breeds.

Dangerous Breeds

Some dog breeds are considered to be dangerous. Regulated breeds typically include the “pit bull” class of dogs but in many areas, these include a variety of other dogs such as American Bulldogs, Mastiffs, Rottweilers, Dalmatians, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers or any mix of these breeds. Cities, towns and even landlords around the nation impose restrictions on such breeds. Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is the term that refers to the laws that regulate or ban certain dog breeds in an attempt to decrease the number of dog attacks on humans and other animals.

The “One Bite Rule” And How It Affects your Texas Dog Bite Case

Years ago, Texas had a one-bite rule that essentially gave owners a get out of jail free card, allowing their dog to have one free bite for which the owners weren’t liable. Fortunately, that all changed when the one bite rule was abolished in 2007.

Now, if any owner knows or suspects that their dog is aggressive, they are liable for any damages that occur as the result of their dog biting someone. If a dog attacks anyone, the owner is responsible for the victim’s injuries.

Other states have a “strict liability” policy for dog attacks, allowing victims to claim damages without needing to prove the owner’s negligence or prior knowledge of their pet’s aggression. This means that if you’re hurt and seeking damages such as medical expenses, lost wages or emotional distress, the offending dog’s owners are liable.

However, in Texas, you need to prove that the bite was the result of the owner’s negligence. To prove owner negligence, you’ll have to provide proof that:

  • The owner knew their pet had acted aggressively or bitten someone before
  • The owner failed to control their pet prior to the bite
  • That you suffered damages as a result of the bite and the owner’s negligence

That’s why it’s so important to work with a Dallas TX dog bite lawyer. The personal injury attorney at Thompson Law knows the unique Texas state laws as they pertain to dog bites and dog attacks and can get you the compensation you deserve.

What to Do When a Dog Attacks You in Dallas TX

If you’ve been bitten or attacked by a dog in Dallas TX, do not talk to the pet owner’s insurance company if they contact you. They’ll try to get you to accept a meager settlement or sign a statement. Doing that could sign away all of your rights in your dog attack case. However, there are a few things you should do to start building your case right away:

Get Away From the Dog – Put as much distance between you and the dog that attacked you as possible. If you can’t get away, use whatever you have like your purse or briefcase to protect yourself.

See a Doctor Immediately – You need to get medical treatment even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured. You can’t see things like nerve damage, infections, or fractures. A medical doctor’s documentation of your injury will be invaluable to your case.

Report the bite to Animal Control – Animal control will file a report and inform the dog’s owner about the bite. They’ll also force the owner to provide proof of rabies vaccinations or to quarantine an unvaccinated dog for ten days. Notifying them and filing a report can also help to prevent future victims from being bitten by the same dog.

Take Lots of Pictures – Taking photos of your injuries immediately, and each day during the healing process will help you record your recovery journey. You’ll be able to document the severity of your injury with photographic evidence that you can use in court to win your case.

Document Witness Information – Take notes about any potential witnesses who might have seen your dog attack. Try to find the names or phone numbers, or other contact information for those witnesses so your personal injury lawyer can contact them for statements about your case.

Talk to a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer – Even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured, it’s important to talk to a Texas personal injury lawyer with experience in dog attack cases right away. They understand Texas dog bite laws and how to prove the owner’s negligence to get you the compensation you deserve.

Hiring a Dog Bite Lawyer in Dallas TX

Compensation for dog attack victims typically comes out of the owner’s home insurance policy. As a result, the owner’s insurance adjuster usually calls victims advising them that they don’t need a lawyer. They’re not trying to do you a favor by offering a tiny settlement. They’re protecting their own bottom-line.

Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Insurance companies know that a personal injury lawyer will take a dog bite case to court to get fair compensation for their clients, an expensive process that the insurance company is trying to avoid. People who hire personal injury lawyers for their dog attack cases typically receive much higher compensation for their injuries. When the insurance company calls you, tell them to contact your lawyer.

Potential Damages You Can Claim in A Dog Bite Case

Dog bite injuries can be both devastating and disfiguring. Sometimes, all it takes is for an untrained or vicious dog to become frightened or startled to attack. The damage done can be substantial. You could suffer from physical pain, disfiguring injuries, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and anxiety as a result of your injuries.

Fortunately, the state of Texas allows you to claim both economic and non-economic damages. Your economic or financial damages are damages that you can prove with bills, receipts, or your employment record. These expenses include:

  • Medical injury expenses for consultations, medications, rehabilitation, surgery, and assistive devices like crutches
  • Mental health expenses for counseling or therapy
  • Loss of earnings from your employment
  • Any other expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your injuries

Your non-economic or non-financial damages are a little bit harder to prove. There isn’t any hard evidence to back them up and they tend to be subjective, depending on the victim. For example, a model who incurs damages to her face, or a pianist whose arms are incapacitated as the result of a dog bite might be more severely affected than someone who doesn’t rely on their arms or their face for their livelihood. Some of the non-economic damages you can claim are:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish and suffering
  • Disfigurement and disability
  • Reduced quality of life

Specialized Dog Bite Attack Assistance in Dallas TX

When you’ve been injured in a dog bite attack in Dallas or the surrounding areas your first call should be to Ryan L. Thompson and the lawyers at Thompson Law Injury Lawyers. Our veteran trial lawyers are ready to tackle your case and get you the compensation you deserve. We know how to build a strong case with hard evidence to maximize the amount of compensation you’ll receive. Call us at 844-308-8180 for a consultation about your Dallas TX animal bite case so we can get to work for you today!

slip and fall

Snow, rain, ice, or a wet surface in Dallas, Texas can cause someone to slip and fall. Although slip and fall incidents are common, they can also lead to serious injuries. Slip and fall accidents fall under an area of law known as personal injury. Personal injury is part of Texas civil law. The purpose of personal injury law is to help victims get their life back on track after an accident of some sort.

Are All Slip and Fall Claims Easy to Settle?

Many people believe that slip and fall accidents are easy to settle and collect on. However, like any other personal injury claim in Texas, there are certain elements that must be met in order for a slip and fall victim to make a successful claim. Simply being involved in a fall isn’t enough for you to make a claim.

Does Your Slip and Fall Claim Include These Elements?

If you’re involved in a fall and contact a personal injury attorney, there are certain things that the attorney will look for in your claim. Read through the elements below and if you believe your slip and fall meet each one, contact Thompson Law at 844-308-8180. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we provide free initial consultations for slip and fall victims.

The property where you fell must have an unsafe condition that caused your accident. A property owner is only financially liable if there was an unsafe condition on their property that caused you to slip and fall. The most common unsafe conditions include:

  • Ice or snow that has built up on the property during the winter
  • Floors that are slippery or wet
  • A sidewalk with serious defects
  • Potholes
  • Other items or debris that caused you to slip

Remember, slipping and falling isn’t enough. There must be an unsafe condition that caused the accident.

The property owner had a proper notice about the unsafe condition. A property owner is only responsible for a dangerous condition if they are aware of it. The element of notice is one of the most difficult elements to prove in a slip and fall case. For business properties, an owner or even an employee may not be able to watch every area on the property for hazards. If you slip and fall, you should ask for an incident report from the manager on duty. The incident report is important for trying to prove notice.

With private property, you should inform the property owner of the slip and fall and also call the police to have an informational report filed. This can be valuable for a personal injury attorney because it helps determine whether the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard on their property.

Look for warning signs about the hazard. One of the most common slips and fall incidents occurs in the grocery store because of a spill or a floor that is slippery from a mop. A warning sign in this instance would be one that warns that the floor is slippery or wet. These signs warn the public about the hazard and if the public chooses to go through that area, they are at least partially assuming the risk on their own.

Common warnings about a hazard include an area that is blocked off by ropes or cones, warning cones on their own, signs that warn about various hazards and signs that state you shouldn’t enter into an area without a hard hat or the proper safety equipment.

Did you exercise proper caution and take responsibility for your actions? We touched on this a little under the previous element. If there is a sign that informs you that there is a danger, such as a wet floor, you’re expected to exercise proper caution and make choices that minimize the chance that you’ll slip and fall.

In areas where there aren’t warning signs, we are expected to pay attention to our surroundings to some degree. For example, if you were walking across a parking lot and you saw a giant hole before you stepped in it, you could choose to walk around it.

Free Slip and Fall Claim Evaluation

If you were involved in a slip and fall in Texas and you’d like to have your potential claim evaluated by a personal injury lawyer, contact Thompson Law in Dallas at 214-444-4444 or Fort Worth at 817-444-4444. With offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio, Ryan L. Thompson – THE FOURS LAWYER – is here to help slip and fall victims get treated fairly. Call us now: 844-308-8180.

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Thompson Law offers free case reviews to every potential client so we can help you determine the best legal approach to pursue. We receive no attorney fees and you pay no legal expenses unless you get compensated for your accident.

Thompson Law’s personal injury lawyers and their legal teams treat every client with respect, empathy, and compassion. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as every case is unique and different. Our firm won 10 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2020, including the 2nd and 3rd largest personal injury settlements in the State. We can help you, too.

State law limits the time to file a claim following a personal injury accident. If you have been injured, call now for the help you need.