Property owners in Beaumont, Texas, have a duty under the law to keep their premises safe. When Beaumont property owners ignore this duty, serious injuries can follow.
Premises liability accidents can happen at any place and any time, and usually when you least expect it. They may take the form of a slip and fall accident at a restaurant, a dog bite at a friend’s house, or an assault that was the result of poor security at a hotel. They can even occur in places that you have frequented many times, like your local coffee shop or your neighborhood grocery store.
Premises liability accidents can lead to serious injuries and have a devastating effect on the injured person and their family.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to an unsafe condition on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Portner Bond, PLLC can help you recover what you deserve for the pain and trauma that you experienced as a result of your accident.
The trial attorneys at Portner Bond, PLLC have over 70 years of experience representing people who sustained injuries due to the fault of others. They understand how an accident can suddenly change your whole life. They are committed to providing their personal injury clients with strong legal representation with the goal of making them whole again.
The legal team at Portner Bond, PLLC has represented thousands of personal injury victims and has obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on their behalf. Our attorneys are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
You can rely on Portner Bond, PLLC to aggressively pursue your personal injury claim, while you concentrate on healing from your injuries and putting your life back together after your accident.
If you were injured by a defect on the premises of another’s property, call the Beaumont premises liability accident attorneys at Portner Bond, PLLC as soon as possible. Our attorneys and staff can be reached at (409) 838-4444 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For your convenience, we can also be reached by online chat or by email.
Do I Need a Beaumont Premises Liability Accident Attorney?
After a serious premises liability accident, you doubtless have many questions and concerns. You are probably wondering who will pay for all of your medical bills. You want to know what will happen to you and your family if you are unable to work because of your accident. You also want to know if you have a claim against the property owner who was responsible for your accident.
You should speak to an experienced Beaumont premises liability accident attorney to understand your rights after an accident on someone else’s property. The skilled and highly capable attorneys at Portner Bond, PLLC are available to answer all of your questions and offer advice about the best course of action moving forward with your premises liability case.
You can count on the attorneys at Portner Bond, PLLC to aggressively pursue your personal injury premises liability case and to deliver exceptional results.
We will conduct a complete investigation into your accident to pinpoint the defective condition that caused your accident. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may also hire an engineer or a safety expert to help prove that the owner of the property was at fault for your accident. We will interview witnesses and/or employees in an effort to prove that the property owner was aware of the problem on their premises.
Your premises liability personal injury attorney will also work with your doctors and other medical experts to prove that your injuries are substantial or permanent and that they have affected your ability to pursue your everyday activities. We will also make sure that your doctor offers an opinion on whether you are able to return to work after your accident.
Most importantly, we will aggressively pursue a fair settlement with the insurance company of the property owner. We understand that insurance companies often refuse to pay fair value to people with serious injuries. We will stand up to the insurance company to ensure that you recover all of the money damages to which you are entitled. We will also be prepared to take your case to court to pursue maximum compensation.
Why Choose Portner Bond, PLLC?
The attorneys at Portner Bond, PLLC are dedicated to helping accident victims and their families recover after an unfortunate accident and the resultant injury.
Chris Porter is a highly sought-after litigation attorney in Beaumont, Texas. He began his career as a corporate lawyer in Houston. Chris obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston and then went on to graduate from Tulane Law School magna cum laude.
Chris grew up in League City, Texas, and graduated from Clear Creek High School. A Texas native, Chris is proud to serve the Beaumont community.
Chris credits his extensive experience with personal injury litigation and his superior work ethic as the primary reasons he has been so successful as a personal injury trial attorney.
His successes have earned Chris recognition as a rising star by Texas Super Lawyers in 2007 and 2008. Chris is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Before attending college and law school, Trent Bond enlisted in the United States Navy where he served aboard do USS Midway. After his service, Trent received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston.
After law school, Trent worked as a prosecutor in the Jefferson County District Attorneys’ Office, where he gained invaluable trial experience. In 1997, Trent joined moved on to private practice. He has since dedicated his degree career to helping individuals who were harmed by the negligence of others.
Trent is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, and the Jefferson County Bar Association. He was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer from 2011 to 2018.
Tom Kienhoff focuses his practice on personal injury litigation and insurance litigation. Tom previously worked as a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. He has also represented clients in white-collar criminal matters, as well as businesses in cases brought by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Types of Premises Liability Accidents
The attorneys at Portner Bond, PLLC are skilled in handling all different types of premises liability cases, whether they took place at a grocery store, in a parking lot, or at a hotel. Some of the most common types of premises liability cases include:
- Slip and fall accidents: Slip and fall accidents can result from a number of scenarios, such as a wet or slippery floor, an unsecured carpet or rug, a cracked or uneven pavement, a loose or missing safety rail, an unmarked step, or a poorly list stairway.
- Dog bite accident: When a dog bites you at a neighbor’s house, they can be held liable for your injuries. In some cases, the owner of the property on which you were bitten, such as a restaurant or an apartment complex, may also be responsible for your injuries.
- Parking lot accidents: The owners of a commercial parking lot must take measures to ensure their guests’ safety, including ensuring their lots and stairways are well-lit to minimize the risk of a trip and fall accident or an assault.
- Hotel accidents: When a hotel fails to provide you a safe, secure environment, such as making sure hallways and stairwells are well lit, locks are functioning properly, and pools are properly fenced in, they may be held liable for your injuries.
- Construction site accidents: The owners and management of a construction site are responsible for securing their site and warning passersby of possible hazards, such as broken pavement or an open trench. Victims of a construction site accident may have grounds for a premises liability case.
- Pool accidents: Pool owners may be liable when a guest is injured or drowns in their pool. The pool may be located at a residence, a hotel, an apartment complex, a gym, a community center, or another private or public location.
Responsibility in a Premises Liability Accident
To prevail in a premises liability accident lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove that the property owner owed a legal duty to the plaintiff and breached that duty. A plaintiff must also show that the breach of the duty caused their injuries.
The type of duty owed to the plaintiff by the property owner depends on the type of visitor you were at the time of the accident.
For example, if you were invited to a friend’s home for dinner, or if you invite a salesperson into your house, that individual is known as a licensee. In this situation, a property owner has a duty to warn a licensee of any dangerous condition the owner is aware of.
On the other hand, if you are on a commercial property as a business invitee, a higher duty of care is owed. Property owners must warn all business invitees of dangerous conditions on the premises that they’re aware of or could have learned about by making reasonable inspections.
The final category is that of a trespasser. A trespasser is a person who comes onto the property of another without permission. The only duty a property owner owes to a trespasser is the duty not to cause harm willfully.
In some instances, the insurance company may allege that you were responsible for your own accident. This could include failing to make reasonable observations that would have kept you safe. This theory is known as comparative negligence.
If you win a money judgment at trial, your reward will be reduced by a percentage of your own negligence. For example, if a jury awards you $500,000 for your injuries, and finds that you were 10% responsible for your accident, your award will be reduced by 10%, and you will collect only $450,000 from the defendant property owner.
Call Us About Your Beaumont Premises Liability Accident
If you were recently involved in a premises liability accident, you have rights under the law. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, depending on the circumstances of your accident.
The skilled and knowledgeable attorneys at Portner Bond, PLLC are standing by ready to help. We are prepared to go the distance for our clients who were injured by the fault of another.
Call Portner Bond, PLLC now at (409) 838-4444 to discuss the details of your premises liability case. We can also be reached by online chat or by email. We don’t charge a fee unless we obtain a settlement on your behalf.
Our initial consultation is free.