Slip and fall at open house results in premises liability claim

- Charles Ruhmann

Maintaining a public premise or inviting people onto your private property comes with a legal obligation to ensure that reasonable precautions have been taken to protect visitors from harm. A Texas woman claims that a home she entered hadn’t been properly cared for, causing her to fall and suffer serious injuries. She has since filed a premises liability claim as a result of the slip and fall accident

The grandmother had just finished taking her grandchildren to school on a January morning when she saw a sign advertising an open house. Upon approaching the property, she found that no one was actually in the home at the time. However, the door was open and the lights were on, so she entered to explore the open house. Unfortunately, the grandmother didn’t get far, as she slipped and fell on the home’s stairs. The accident caused a broken ankle.

Her premises liability suit points out that one of the steps on the stairway was an entirely different height than the rest, which is actually a violation of the construction code. Additionally, that step wasn’t carpeted, although the rest of the steps were. These combined conditions is claimed to have played a role in her dangerous tumble down the stairs.

In additional to the physical damage and pain and suffering concerning the broken ankle, the Texas grandmother also cited medical bills and a lessened earning capacity as a direct result of the the slip and fall accident. The damages in her suit have been totaled to be anywhere between $200,000 and up to $1 million. Any financial relief awarded for a successfully litigated premises liability claim can address these types of damages as well as the emotional trauma that can accompany such a serious injury.

Source: setexasrecord.com, “Woman says she broke ankle at open house“, Carol Ostrow, Feb. 19, 2015