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Chad BurnettChad Burnett
16:28 30 Oct 23
I hired Mullen & Mullen following a motor vehicle collision. I could not be more pleased with the Dallas personal injury lawyers I selected. They are the real deal! I was always kept in the loop on case developments. My attorneys sent the at-fault liability carrier multiple demands to make them agree to pay the policy limits. My lawyers also sent my own insurance company several demands to get them to offer me nearly the policy limits. A lot of attorneys would have given up and just recommended filing a lawsuit but Mullen & Mullen kept pounding the insurance companies until they did the right thing. This saved me a tremendous amount of money and time. I'm so very grateful that I found ethical, tenacious, and skilled attorneys to represent me. Mullen & Mullen gets my highest recommendation if you need a Dallas car accident attorney.C. Burnett
Diane WallaceDiane Wallace
17:43 26 Oct 23
Mullen and Mullen did an absolutely brilliant job representing me in an injury lawsuit and getting me maximum settlement results. I recommend them highly!
Mari HksMari Hks
17:38 04 Oct 23
Highly recommend this law firm, Josh took care of my case he was very nice and professional along with everyone else.
Zac CanidaZac Canida
17:14 26 Sep 23
I’m only 22 and this was the first case I’ve ever had, I got recommended Mullen and Mullen by a friend who has used them plenty of times and said nothing but good things about them. I have yet to see or hear anything that contradicts her statements! Everyone on the Mullen and Mullen team has been super helpful and kind to me by explaining everything that had and needs to be done to get the case in the right direction. Greg especially has been very helpful by keeping me updated and answering any questions I might have about the situation, he’s been an amazing help and I’m glad I was able to get him assigned to help me get what I deserve from my car accident. Very professional and fast responses, If you are ever injured in a car accident I 100% recommend this team to fight for you, ask for Greg!
sisay Aberasisay Abera
15:50 13 Sep 23
Highly recommend this law firm, filled with very nice and professional people who put their clients first. Josh took care of my case and were able to reduce my medical bills significantly which was awesome! Very pleased and glad I had them to work on my car accident case.Thank you, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
Terrie RachallTerrie Rachall
20:13 28 Jul 23
Joe Morrison with Mullen and Mullen was fantastic representing me for an injury on someone's property. He kept me updated through the entire 2 year process. If I had any questions, Joe took the time to personally take my call and provide answers. Joe negotiated a settlement very quickly and ensured I received a fair settlement. I highly recommend Mullen and Mullen and would hire them again if I need help in the future. Best experience with any lawyer I have ever had!!
Alex MalcolmAlex Malcolm
22:05 17 May 23
I was injured in a motorcycle accident, and Shane Mullen took on my case with determination and empathy. His attention to detail and commitment to my case led to a favorable outcome. I'm grateful for his hard work and highly recommend Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
I was involved in a car accident in Dallas texas off mockingbird. I was T bone by someone who had ran a red light. Me being a young female, I felt lost and taken advantage of by the other parties insurance.I chose Mullen Mullen because they were the only law firm who physically wanted to meet me and hear my side. They helped me with all on the medical assistance that I needed . Although it was a lot of therapy, I was really happy with the doctors they sent me to. Josh was very welcoming and I honest in the process. Every time I felt so at ease after speaking with him. I am so happy I had him on my case. Very hands on. Highly recommend!!!
Camry AdamsCamry Adams
16:21 14 Dec 22
Karen Lavigne is my name, and I had a great experience with Mullen & Mullen. Josh and Jessica was very patient and informative. If I had to decide again on which law firm to go with it would be Mullen & Mullen. Very transparent about ALL of my money down to the penny. I definitely recommend.
14:57 01 Oct 22
It Honestly baffles me to see ANY negative or low reviews on this law firm. My case is far from over, however, I have never known a lawyer or law firm to not only give you their personal cell phone number but to also respond within 15 minutes. Never a complaint on the 10 plus text messages asking questions or the 2-3 paragraph e-mails. Never telling you it's to late or they are off the clock. They are NEVER off the clock. This firm has two or three lawyers dealing with numerous clients and STILL manage to do all they can to make you feel you are the only one. Try to remember they are human. They truly do everything to put you and your recovery first. The process is long but not something they have any control over. They don't control the Dr. Appointments or your recovery. They will help you find amazing Dr.s then it's up to you to be proactive in your recovery and keeping your appointments. It's been over a year and a half since my injury and my amazing, patient, and hardworking Attorney Joe has been here with me every step of the way. Hundreds of 5 star reviews. 3 or 4 low ones. You do the math.
Paul SPaul S
21:36 05 Sep 22
Mullen and Mullen are the best personal injury team in DFW. When you hire Mullen and Mullen, you have the best personal injury attorneys in DFW. You are getting the best support staff in the state of Texas.Knowing every case is unique. My case took 3 years to complete. My team was professional in the face of a lot of stalling tactics. Without a bat of an eye, the team turned up the heat on the defense for the best possible outcome for all parties.Without details, this group changed not only my life. Mullen and Mullen helped me change my outlook on life after the accident.The most important lessons I learned: 1) Do not try to navigate an personal injury case no matter the cause 2) Listen and follow the advice of your attorney. Get the best in Texas.Shane and Paul, thank you from me and my family.
Larry JohnsonLarry Johnson
17:00 06 Jul 22
I would like to thank Mullen and Mullen for the great service I received. I was involved in an accident and they really helped me out. I worked with the paralegal named Josh and he really made everything a simple process. Josh did a wonderful job and I couldn't be happier!
yolanda Rodriguezyolanda Rodriguez
23:17 15 Jun 22
I love they way they work and communication is the best, they will reach out to you and see if you need anything. Questions you have them they will answer you. Josh is an excelente person that help me so much he was always there for me and if I called him he would return my call as fast as he could. He explained everything I asked and I was really comfortable with him. Josh you are an awesome person. Thank you for everything. I love their services n I would highly reconmand them. Mullen and Mullen are there for you as soon as you call them.
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In the last four years, our firm made Top Verdict’s “Top 50” Personal Injury Settlements in Texas list 44 times, and the “Top 100” list 70 times.

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Top Slip and Fall Lawyers Who Settle For More


If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, our skilled Fort Worth attorneys are prepared to vigorously advocate for your rights. In fact, our firm consistently obtains top results on premises liability cases for clients injured by whatever means while on someone else’s property including retail stores, office buildings, apartment buildings, construction sites, and other commercial establishments.

Mullen & Mullen is consistently recognized by TopVerdict for obtaining some of the largest recoveries in the entire state of Texas. In the last 3 years our firm made the Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. Our stellar results allow us to offer a below industry standard 29% pre-suit contingency fee which means more money in your pocket.

Our experienced local team has an incredibly strong work ethic and truly cares. We’ve been privileged to serve North Texas for over 40 years. This is our backyard. Call (817) 768-6680 now for a free consultation and some excellent advice.

What Your Attorney Says

"Premises liability cases are won and lost over small details. Our two in-house investigators gives us a competitive advantage."

When most individuals think of premises liability cases, they often associate them with “slip and fall” incidents. However, it’s essential to recognize that premises liability encompasses a broader spectrum of situations. If you’ve sustained an injury while on another person’s property due to their negligence, you may have a valid premises liability case. Our law firm regularly represents individuals in North Texas who have been injured in various settings, including retail stores, office buildings, construction sites, and other commercial establishments.

For instance, I recall a case involving a kind elderly client who wasn’t certain if she had a legitimate premises liability claim. All she knew was that she had slipped in a puddle of water inside a grocery store. She couldn’t ascertain its origin and couldn’t provide evidence of the employees’ awareness of it. To succeed in this case, we needed to establish that the store had constructive notice of the hazardous condition. This required a comprehensive assessment of factors such as proximity, conspicuity, and longevity.

In most premises liability cases, three key elements must be established: (1) the existence of a hidden and non-obvious dangerous condition, (2) knowledge or the obligation to be aware of it on the part of the property owner or controller, and (3) their failure to either warn you about the hazard or rectify it.

Proving that the property owner or controller either created the danger or possessed “actual knowledge” of it can be challenging. Consequently, many premises liability cases center on whether the defendant(s) had “constructive notice” of the hazardous condition. In other words, was it more likely than not that the hazardous condition had existed long enough for the property owner or controller to reasonably discover it?

In premises liability cases, it is crucial to promptly secure vital evidence. Our firm maintains a competitive edge by employing two full-time investigators whose services we provide to our clients at no cost, ensuring the collection and preservation of critical evidence.

If you have sustained an injury on someone else’s property or business, it’s essential to consult with one of our experienced attorneys before giving a recorded statement to the insurance company. The outcome of such cases can hinge on seemingly insignificant details.

Returning to the case of our elderly client, after a thorough question-and-answer session, we uncovered several key facts that bolstered her claim. The water in question was located near cash registers where multiple employees were stationed (“proximity”). Following the incident, her entire back was wet, indicating a substantial amount of water was present (“conspicuity”). We promptly dispatched one of our in-house investigators to the store, who obtained photographs and videos showing a small soda fridge slowly leaking near the area of our client’s fall. This demonstrated that the significant puddle had formed gradually over time (“longevity”).

We invested time and effort in uncovering the truth behind the incident, which ultimately resulted in a favorable outcome for our deserving client. At the conclusion of her case, she expressed her gratitude for receiving outstanding healthcare and was pleasantly surprised by the substantial recovery.

Joseph R. Morrison

Our Results Speak For Themselves

Gross Settlements Before Fees & Expenses

We have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar settlements across all practice areas, but we are restricted from displaying some very large results due to settlement confidentiality. Here are a few recent results without confidentiality agreements:

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Why Choose Mullen & Mullen to Handle Your Case?

According to, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last four years, we’ve made their Texas “Top 50” Personal Injury Settlements list 43 times, and their “Top 100” list 70 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

According to, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last three years we’ve made their “Texas Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

We have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology through well-established relationships with medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, counselors, and other healthcare providers in the entire DFW Metroplex. You receive the quality medical attention you need from local providers near where you live or work. These providers specialize in treating people hurt in accidents of all kinds and they know how to properly document injuries to meet the legal burden of proof in your personal injury case. These providers are also willing to delay billing collections until after your case is resolved so you can focus on recovering without additional stress. Physicians that don’t routinely treat accident victims as part of their practice usually turn away patients over fear of being involved in the legal process or fear of health insurance companies refusing to pay accident-related healthcare bills. Please call us at 214-747-5240 for a free consultation and some advice.

Even if you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your deductible, Mullen & Mullen will secure you the quality healthcare and state-of-the art diagnostics you deserve with no upfront out of pocket costs.

Shane, Joseph and Regis have almost 100 years of combined experience practicing personal injury law. That doesn’t even include the combined experience of the attorneys that serve as of-counsel to Mullen & Mullen at no additional cost to our clients. Our firm continues to evolve, but we never forget our Core Values. We do the right thing, handle cases the way we would want our own case handled, and we truly listen to clients. We have over 40 years of local knowledge, and that matters!

Some lawyers forget that they represent the client, but we never have. Our legal team will make YOU the priority. You are the boss, and we will respond quickly to your requests for case updates and assistance. We guarantee that when you need to speak to your counsel, you will speak directly to your counsel, not to a paralegal or secretary, because that’s the way it should be.

Most firms hire an investigator to help develop evidence on your case and charge you back for that service. Our firm, however, has 2 full-time accident investigators on staff and we offer their services to you for free. This is another way we will maximize your compensation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Video footage is worth a lot more. Our in-house videographer allows us to capture the true impact the accident has on your life beyond mere words on a piece of paper.

When necessary, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm uses cutting edge technology like 3D imaging videos to fully demonstrate the extent of our clients’ injuries to the insurance companies. This also helps maximize the value of your claim.

Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys live and work right here in Dallas, and always have. We believe in paying our success forward by helping people in the North Texas community, and are dedicated to supporting these local charities.

About Our Highly Skilled Attorneys

Attorney Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner
Shane V. Mullen, Attorney at Law

Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner

Our Managing Partner, Shane V. Mullen, has been handling personal injury cases for 21 years. He is “Top-rated” by Thompson Reuters who named him as a Texas Super Lawyer 3 consecutive years. Shane is also a lifetime member of both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, solidifying his expertise in handling significant cases. He is also an esteemed member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, further attesting to his exceptional legal prowess. Shane brings hard-won, battle born knowledge to your case.

Attorney Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate
Joseph R. Morrison, Attorney at Law

Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate

With 18 years of personal injury experience, Attorney Joseph R. Morrison has established himself as a highly skilled legal professional. Notably, he served as counsel of record in a case that garnered recognition from as a top 5 Premises liability (slip and fall) verdict in Texas. The defendant in this case was a Fortune 500 company with an annual revenue exceeding 11 billion. The specific case, Jeffrey Young v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., showcased Joe’s exceptional abilities in achieving favorable outcomes.

Joe is a distinguished member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, solidifying his standing among the nation’s most esteemed legal practitioners. Furthermore, his membership in both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums further attests to his expertise in handling substantial cases.

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum member

Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Both Shane and Joseph are lifetime members of the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, meaning they have each settled cases in excess of two million. This solidifies their expertise in handling significant personal injury cases.

Regis L. Mullen, Founding Attorney
Regis L Mullen, Attorney at Law

Regis L. Mullen, Founder

Our Founder, Attorney Regis L. Mullen, has 56 years of personal injury experience. Regis received his Admission to practice law in 1967. Previously a Litigation Supervisor at Allstate Insurance Company, he knows all the tactics liability carriers use to deny or reduce personal injury settlements. Drawing upon his profound comprehension of the inner workings of the insurance industry, Regis established a law firm dedicated to meeting the legal needs of injured individuals in North Texas.

What To Do Or Not Do

After slipping and falling, in an ideal world, you’d simply go and get the medical help you need without thinking about anything else.

Unfortunately, this world doesn’t work that way. And there’s a lot you need to consider after slipping and falling so that you protect your legal rights and your ability to win max compensation.

Failure to follow any one of these steps jeopardizes your ability to do so.

It may happen that your injuries are so severe that you can’t take the actions needed to protect your legal rights. If that’s the case, ask a nearby bystander to help you out. People are usually happy to help during an emergency.

Also, we have extensive experience winning many different types of slip and fall claims. As a result, we know how to gather evidence after the fact that could still help you win your claim.

It’s not an ideal scenario. But it can work if circumstances force you into that situation.

For now, here’s what to do and not do when you fall on someone else’s property:

Do not apologize

Never, ever apologize. Insurers argue, with some success, that an apology indicates you were at fault (rightly or wrongly). You may feel tempted to apologize to alleviate the tension of your situation. Don’t! It runs a high risk of causing you to not be able to win any compensation for your injuries.

Don’t avoid reporting your accident to the property manager

Whether you end up being able to seek compensation for your injuries or not, report your accident to the property manager. You may feel embarrassed and want to run out of the area at all costs. But remember, you’ve simply been involved in an accident. Accidents happen to anyone, including very responsible people. So, no matter how you feel, make sure you report your accident to the property manager. As you make your report, only give the exact facts of what happened as best as you remember them. Leave your feelings and opinions out. Even if you feel you weren’t injured, it’s still possible to wake up the next morning and feel like you got hit by a car. A report protects your legal rights in this case. So, make sure you report your accident at all costs.

Do inspect the scene and gather evidence

Yes. Unfortunately, you must play detective a little to give yourself the best chance to win your claim. The goal here is to try to determine the cause of your slip and fall and to record the evidence supporting your alleged cause. Was proper signage put up? Was it near to the dangerous condition that caused your injury? Did you trip on something difficult to notice? Shoot a video, even multiple videos from multiple angles, and take plenty of images of the accident scene. You really can’t overdo it here.

Do make sure you have a record of what happened

This is worth emphasizing such that it’s worth mentioning twice. You need to create a record of exactly what happened as soon after the fact as possible. Your memory of things will change over time. And what may seem insignificant in the moment, may end up being very important later. So, you need to create a record (either a video or your own written journal) of exactly what happened as soon as possible. You may even need to do this in the emergency room or hospital.

Do avoid talking with the insurer

Texas law does not require you to talk to the insurance company. Ever. They may put some pressure on you or imply that you need to talk to them to resolve your claim. But it’s all complete nonsense. Talking to the insurer only leads to bad things happening to you later. You can talk to the insurer later on if you’ve spoken with an attorney and they advised you that’s the best route to go. But until you hear that from an attorney’s lips, just avoid talking to the insurer. They are not on your side.

Do try to figure out how long the dangerous conditions existed

Much of whether you win your claim or not depends on how long the dangerous condition that caused your slip and fall existed. Property owners are allowed time to remedy “dangerous conditions.” However, the amount of time they are allowed can be argued. So, search the surroundings and ask a person or two about the dangerous condition. Any evidence you can gather helps.

Don’t wait to take legal action

The longer you wait, the more you put your legal claim at risk. For starters, the defendant may “lose” or destroy evidence. And yes, though illegal, they can get away with it. Additionally, you must remember the Texas statute of limitations, which lasts just two years. This means you have two years from the date of your injury to file your legal claim. Wait longer than that, and you can never pursue it again. Two years goes by much faster than you think. And it puts you in a poorer position where you must scramble if you wait too long. So, you’re always wise to take legal action as soon as you can. Remember, you can always talk to a lawyer and get advice. But you don’t necessarily have to hire them on the spot if you don’t want to.

Do seek medical attention

It just makes good common sense to get medical attention for your injuries. Number one, you’re taking care of your health. Number two, you protect your legal rights. Yes. It can cost some money. But the risks of not taking care of your health far outweigh the risks of getting medical attention. If you feel intense pain, you need to go to the emergency room ASAP. It won’t get any better. And you’ll end up there anyway. If you feel minor pain or none at all, you can get away with scheduling an appointment with your primary care doctor. You must also remember that many injuries may not even show up right away. For example, a traumatic brain injury may manifest days or weeks later. Going to the doctor, at minimum, shows that you were doing what was necessary to take care of your health. And it creates a paper trail for protecting your legal rights should you need it later.

Do get witness contact information

Just a single witness makes a huge difference in whether you win your claim or lose it, and how much you win. Get the name, phone number, and address of all witnesses in the area. Have them send it to you via a text on your phone. The reason you don’t ask them to use their phone is they may fail to follow through. Or they might text the wrong phone number. Don’t have them write it down either because handwriting can be illegible. Texting from your phone means you have the information, and you know you can read it.

Don’t ignore your pain

How much will the medical bills be that result from your injuries? That frightening thought goes through the mind of practically every slip and fall victim. Your initial thoughts may entail how you can avoid using the medical system and just get better on your own. It’s natural. Difficult as your situation might be, you must engage the medical system. First, you must do so to protect your own health. Without good health, it’s difficult to do much of anything else in life. Second, you need to protect your legal rights. If you avoid using the medical system, you run an extremely high risk of not being able to win any type of legal claim later. If you feel afraid of the potential medical bills, see your doctor, and explain your situation. Hopefully, they will help you navigate the medical system in the most cost-efficient way possible.

Don’t skip any medical appointments

Under no circumstances should you ever skip a medical appointment. Ever. You may feel tempted to do so to keep your medical expenses in check. But this only plays to your disadvantage. You see, insurers may come back later and say you “failed to mitigate damages.” Then, it may turn out that you get awarded less compensation as a result. So, not going to medical appointments can cost you much more than it would to simply attend them in the first place.

Don’t forget to talk to a slip and fall lawyer

The absolute worst thing that happens when you talk to a lawyer is that you learn you don’t have a legal claim. That’s it. No big deal. Just move on. However, you may also learn that you have an extremely valuable legal claim. And it’s only fair you get compensated for your injuries and financial damages. The whole point of filing a lawsuit is to restore your quality of life to the way it was before you slipped and fell.

Do consciously avoid talking about your slip and fall with the store owner and their employees

Remember, they’re not on your side either. They have a material interest in not paying you any more than they must, and ideally nothing at all. So, anything you say to the store owner, or their employees, will be used against you. Only report that your accident happened. And avoid discussion of how your accident happened, downplaying your injuries, or taking the blame.


Texas law is not on your side.

The legislative and judicial landscape throughout Texas has significantly increased the challenges for victims seeking compensation in slip and fall or premises liability cases.

In general, establishing a claim requires demonstrating that the responsible party was aware or should have been aware of a hazardous condition, and that they had a legal obligation to either warn about the condition or rectify it. The nature of this duty is determined by whether you are categorized as an Invitee or a Licensee while on the premises.

Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, located in Fort Worth, boasts a track record of representing numerous clients, securing millions in settlements for individuals who have suffered physical injuries at various locations such as office buildings, apartment complexes, restaurants, department stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, and retail outlets like Walmart.

Our firm possesses the financial resources, expertise, skills, and experience necessary to effectively build and present your case. The attorneys in Fort Worth from our team will meticulously establish the essential facts required to secure a settlement for your slip and fall injury.

Notably, our Senior Associate Joseph Morrison served as counsel of record in a premises liability case recognized by VerdictSearch as one of the Top 5 Texas Premises Liability verdicts in a given year.

What Should You Do Immediately After A Slip And Fall Accident?

Do You Have A Premises Liability Or A Negligent Activity Claim?

The first thing to establish is if you have a premises liability or a negligent activity claim. This short video explains the difference between the two.

When an incident of slipping and falling occurs on someone’s property in Fort Worth—be it a local park, government building, private or public business, or another individual’s residence—the circumstances and legal implications depend on the applicable body of law.

If your injury coincided with the negligent act or omission, you may have a negligent activity claim. This distinction is significant because establishing a breach of the duty of safety in a slip and fall case is generally less challenging in negligent activity claims compared to premises liability claims.

To prevail in a negligent activity claim, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • The defendant owed a general “duty” of care, measured by what a reasonably prudent ordinary person or business would do (or refrain from doing) under the same or similar circumstances.
  • The defendant “breached” that duty.
  • The breach “caused” your accident, as determined by the “but for” test and the “foreseeability” test.
  • You suffered and sustained “damages” according to the legally defined criteria.

Illustration Of A Negligent Activity Claim

Imagine you’re browsing merchandise in a grocery store when an inattentive employee accidentally shoves a chain of shopping carts, striking you in the back and causing you to fall. In this scenario, your injury occurred simultaneously with the negligent act. To prove a breach of the duty of care, you only need to demonstrate that a reasonably prudent store employee would have been attentive while pushing a lengthy chain of shopping carts. You can argue based on common sense, store training policies and procedures, and try to elicit an admission from the employee that they should have been more attentive.

Are Witnesses Crucial?

Absolutely. Witnesses can be pivotal in determining the outcome of a slip and fall case in Fort Worth. It’s essential to gather information about all potential witnesses, as they can often be instrumental in showing that the store was aware of, or should have discovered, a hazardous condition.

Remember: Even if there were no witnesses to your slip and fall, you can still establish the necessary facts to support and win your personal injury claim. In many cases, your own testimony alone can suffice to establish the facts needed to support your claim for damages.

Does The Presence Of Individuals Around Me At The Time Of My Fall Matter?

It could. Consider a scenario where there is a hazardous puddle of water on the floor in a store. If two employees were in close proximity to the puddle, it becomes more plausible to argue that they either knew about the water or should have discovered it (and taken measures to make it safe). Reflect on your slip and fall incident. Were there any employees nearby when you fell? Did the area where you fell belong to a main aisle or section of the store? Was there any indication that one or more employees had recently been in the area where you fell?

Case Example 1

Mullen & Mullen Law Firm represented a woman injured at Walmart. She slipped and fell in a puddle of water that had leaked in from the ceiling. Our attorneys contended that the location of her fall was within eyesight of three employees, based on the evidence gathered.

Case Example 2

Our Fort Worth attorneys represented a man who slipped and fell at a Kroger grocery store due to water on the floor in one of the aisles. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm argued that a pallet with products ready for stocking, positioned close to the water, indicated that a store employee had been in the aisle before our client’s fall and should have identified the hazardous condition.

Does The Content Of What The Employee(S) Communicated Matter?

It could.

For instance, if a store manager admitted to instructing one or more employee(s) to clean up a spill before your fall, it would evidently imply that the store, through its employee(s), possessed actual knowledge of the hazardous condition. At times, statements can establish constructive notice—indicating that the store should have become aware of the dangerous condition.

Keep in mind: Constructive notice can be substantiated in various ways. If, for example, the puddle you slipped in exhibited multiple “tracks,” you could argue that the puddle had been present long enough for multiple people to encounter it, and the store should have discovered it.

Illustration: As previously mentioned, we discussed the case of a woman we represented who was injured at Walmart when she slipped in a puddle of water from a ceiling leak. Our Fort Worth slip and fall lawyers also demonstrated that multiple employees had a view of the aisle in question. Mullen & Mullen still had to prove that the puddle of water in question existed for a sufficient duration that the store employees should have discovered it. Our attorneys argued that the size of the puddle (equivalent to a medium pizza) combined with the slow leak (dripping every 3-4 seconds) necessarily indicated that the puddle had accumulated over an extended period.

Who Might Be Held Responsible In A Slip And Fall Accident?

Several potential parties could bear responsibility for your injuries, and the parties involved may vary depending on the type of establishment where the incident occurred. Here are some examples:

  • Retail Store: The owner of the building and the occupier of the building could both be potential parties, depending on the nature of the alleged hazardous condition.
  • Government Building: The city, county, an agency, or the State of Texas may be potential parties. It’s crucial to note that governmental units and entities often have stringent requirements for filing a Notice of Claim within a specified time period, sometimes as brief as 30 days. Failure to meet these notice requirements could result in being barred from receiving damages in your slip and fall claim.
  • Apartment Complex: The owner of the apartment complex and a property management company may be potential parties.
  • Residence: The owner(s) of the home or tenants could be potential parties. It’s important to recognize that most homeowners have insurance to cover such losses.

In summary, liability for your injuries could extend to the owner of the premises, the manager, and any possessor of the premises.


Under normal circumstances in Texas premises liability cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the incident that led to your injuries. It is imperative to settle all claims or initiate legal proceedings (with proper service to all defendants) before the expiration of this two-year period, as failing to do so will permanently bar you from seeking recovery.

However, when injuries occur on government property, an additional requirement comes into play. You must file a notice of claim with the relevant government or entities. The notice period stipulated by the Texas Tort Claims Act is six months, but certain local jurisdictions may set even shorter deadlines—sometimes as brief as 30, 45, or 90 days. Swift reporting of your injury and prompt legal assistance are critical to ensure the validity of your claim(s).

Factors Affecting Compensation Reduction:

In the context of slipping and falling on private property in Texas, the parameters for insurance policy limits become more subjective and are typically higher. Generally, you can seek full compensation for economic damages (such as income loss, medical bills, lost capacity to earn, and property damage) with no specific limit.

On private property, there is also potential for recovery of damages for non-economic harm (like emotional pain and suffering, lost companionship, etc.), though this is rare and often challenging to establish.

The same principles apply to punitive damages, which are infrequent and reserved for situations where an institution or individual’s grossly negligent behavior results in severe injury, aiming to impose a punitive penalty.

Where Your Injury Occurs Significantly Influences Your Compensation.

On private property in Texas, the liability policy limits of the owner or possessor—either individually or collectively—typically impact the maximum compensation you can receive. However, this correlation may not hold if the owner or possessor is exceptionally profitable. For instance, if you suffer severe injuries due to a slippery substance on the ground, the implications of policy limits become apparent.

Consider a scenario where you sustain catastrophic injuries at a small mom-and-pop restaurant. In such cases, accepting a $500,000.00 policy limits offer might be a practical consideration—even if your actual damages exceed that amount—given the uncertainty of collecting a judgment exceeding the limits from a small business. Conversely, if the injury occurs on Amazon’s property, and they have $1,000,000.00 liability policy limits, rejecting these limits would be reasonable if your damages surpass that amount. In such instances, pursuing compensation for full economic damages (income loss, medical bills, loss of earning capacity) and complete non-economic damages (pain and suffering, mental anguish, impairment, etc.) would be warranted.

However, when dealing with governmental entities, your compensation is subject to caps:

For claims against a unit of local government:

  • $100,000 per person
  • $300,000 per occurrence
  • $100,000 for property damage

For claims against a state agency or municipality:

  • $250,000 per person
  • $500,000 per occurrence
  • $100,000 for property damage

Understanding Sovereign Immunity And Its Impact On Government Liability

In pre-American England, suing the king or government was an impossibility due to the doctrine of “sovereign immunity.” While this historical concept still influences the legal landscape in Texas, it doesn’t provide absolute protection as seen in old England. Government entities in Texas don’t enjoy sovereign immunity when performing functions exclusively for their citizens, but they do retain it when the functions benefit both citizens and non-citizens. This nuance adds complexity to situations like slipping and falling on government property, although it doesn’t render legal recourse impossible. Quick reporting of the accident to the government entity and seeking legal counsel promptly are essential to safeguarding your rights.

How Our Attorneys Can Assist You

Our legal team leverages extensive databases to identify premises owners and managers swiftly. We use this information to promptly send spoliation of evidence letters to potential parties, instructing them to preserve all evidence relevant to your slip and fall accident case. For instance, many stores have surveillance cameras that might have recorded your fall. Acting swiftly is crucial, as video footage is often retained for only a short period, sometimes mere days. Retaining legal counsel promptly is vital to ensure the preservation of critical evidence.


Does Your Activity On The Property At The Time Of The Accident Matter?

Absolutely. Your legal status on the specific property determines the obligations owed to you by potential responsible parties. Moreover, it establishes whether comparative negligence might hinder your ability to recover damages.

Who Qualifies As An Invitee In A Slip And Fall Case?

An invitee is essentially an “invited guest.” You attain invitee status when you’re on the premises or at a business by invitation. This invitation can be either direct or “express,” or it can be “implied,” such as when you’re expected to enter stores, restaurants, and other establishments open to the public for shopping, dining, or entertainment.

For instance, if you visit Best Buy with the intention of buying a television and, while in the store, you slip and fall, resulting in an injury, you would be classified as an “Invitee.” This is because you were on the premises under the implied invitation of the store to make a purchase. Best Buy is open to the public, and your presence was mutually beneficial to them, as they wanted you to come in and buy a television or another product.

In contrast, if you entered a gas station solely to use the restroom without any intention of making a purchase, you would not be categorized as an Invitee.

Typical invitee scenarios include a shopper in a store (as in the Best Buy example above), patrons at a restaurant, a client visiting an office building, or a hotel guest.

What Responsibilities Are Owed To An Invitee?

The owner or party in control of the premises holds a duty to you as an invitee. This duty encompasses not only the obligation to warn about or rectify unreasonably dangerous conditions that they are aware of, but it also includes the duty to reasonably inspect for and identify unreasonably dangerous conditions, warning you or taking measures to make those conditions safe. Even if the dangerous condition is open and obvious, you retain the right to pursue legal action, but the owner or possessor may argue that a percentage of your slip and fall injuries (up to 100%) resulted from your own negligence. Ultimately, if the parties cannot reach a settlement, it falls to the jury to allocate percentages of fault.

Keep in mind: The recovery for a dangerous condition that is open and obvious may be impacted. For instance, if you slip and fall in a puddle of water clearly marked off by three bright orange cones, your chances of recovering damages are unlikely. However, if no cones were present, and you slipped due to a yellow substance on a white floor, jurors might determine that the store should have identified the dangerous condition, but you also should have noticed it, leading to a potential 50/50 apportionment of fault between the parties.

Who Qualifies As A Licensee In A Premises Liability Case?

A licensee is someone granted permission to be on property that is not open to the general public. This permission can be either express or implied, and it is typically for a purpose other than commercial. Examples include being on the work premises, holding a ticket to enter a sports arena or stadium for an event, or attending a social gathering at someone’s home or private party.

What responsibilities are owed to a licensee?

The owner (or the person in control of the premises) is obligated to warn or remedy unreasonably dangerous conditions of which they have actual knowledge. However, there is no duty to inspect for hazardous conditions. Additionally, if you are deemed comparatively negligent as a licensee, the likelihood of recovering damages diminishes. Understanding your status is crucial in these situations.

Who Is Considered A Trespasser?

You are classified as a trespasser if you lack any legal right to be on the premises or are there without any permission, whether express or implied.

What responsibilities are owed to a trespasser?

Essentially none. The only practical exception is for an attractive nuisance, such as a child being drawn to a neighbor’s water slide, and the neighbor fails to secure access to it.


Establishing that the responsible store or establishment had actual knowledge of a dangerous condition in a Fort Worth slip and fall claim is often challenging but not impossible. Here are situations where actual knowledge could be alleged:

Employee Statements:

If an employee admits they knew about the dangerous condition before your fall.

Store Or Employee Created The Dangerous Condition:

Actual knowledge is presumed if the store or one of its employees created the dangerous condition. For instance, if a McDonald’s employee mopped the customer restroom and failed to place a yellow warning sign before leaving, and you subsequently slipped and fell, actual knowledge may be presumed. Demonstrating that the floor was freshly mopped would be crucial, perhaps suggested by a uniformly wet floor.

Circumstantial Evidence:

Actual knowledge might be demonstrated by evidence that an employee attempted to clean up a spill but did so negligently. For example, our Fort Worth slip and fall attorneys represented an elderly woman injured at a movie theater. Witness statements indicated paper towels were on the floor near the spill, suggesting an employee attempted cleanup but failed to eliminate all hazards before our client’s fall.
Video Footage:

Many businesses have surveillance camera systems. Our attorneys can request video footage of the slip and fall incident, if available, to determine if any store employee(s) walked by the spill.
If you are an invitee, you don’t necessarily have to prove the store or business had actual knowledge of a dangerous condition to recover damages. You only need to demonstrate that the store or business should have known about the hazardous condition and failed to warn you or make it safe.


Proximity To The Spill

Consider the proximity of a store employee or agent of the at-fault party to the location where you fell immediately before the incident. If there was such proximity, you can argue that the employee or agent should have detected the hazardous condition. For instance, if a grocery store employee was stocking items in the same aisle where your fall occurred. Additionally, if employees were positioned near the incident site or had a clear view before the occurrence, it becomes more plausible to suggest that the spill should have been addressed or that a warning cone should have been placed near it.

Keep in mind: Many retail employees are obligated to monitor their surroundings to identify potential hazards. Numerous establishments have established policies and procedures for managing spills. For instance, it’s common for employees who discover a dangerous condition to “guard” it until they can get the attention of a co-worker for assistance. Some establishments also instruct employees to place store products or merchandise around the spill to ensure customers are aware of it until it can be addressed.

Conspicuousness Of The Spill

Consider the size of the spill. It is evidently more reasonable to assert that a store employee should have noticed a large pizza-sized puddle of water compared to a single drop on the floor. Also, take into account the color of the liquid on the floor. It is evidently more plausible to argue that a store employee should have detected a red-tinted liquid as opposed to a small amount of clear liquid on a white tile floor.

Passage Of Time

The progression of time can serve as evidence to establish constructive knowledge of a hazardous condition.


  • If a 2-foot-long trail of water from a leaking freezer leads to a basketball-sized puddle, it could be inferred that the water was on the floor for an extended period.
  • If you slip and fall on ice cream on the floor, and the ice cream had congealed prior to your accident.
  • If you trip and fall in a deep pothole in the parking lot—given that potholes do not form instantaneously.

How Can Our Attorneys Assist?

Establishing constructive notice poses challenges and necessitates a thorough discussion of the specific facts and circumstances of your case. Mullen & Mullen in Fort Worth boasts extensive experience in analyzing case details to demonstrate the required notice. Our law firm employs two full-time accident investigators to assist in gathering the evidence essential for the proper development of your case.

Does The Purpose Of Your Presence At The Premises Affect The Obligations Owed To You?

Certainly. Your classification as an Invitee, Licensee, or Trespasser determines the duties owed to you by the responsible party or parties.

Keep in mind: If you are an Invitee (such as when shopping at a grocery store or dining at a restaurant), the responsible party is obligated to warn you about known dangerous conditions and/or rectify them. Additionally, there is a duty to discover dangerous conditions on the premises and warn you about or rectify those conditions. If you are a Licensee (for instance, a social guest at someone else’s home), the responsible party only has a duty to warn you about known dangerous conditions and/or rectify those conditions.

Remember: The duty to rectify and/or the duty to warn may vary from case to case. For example, in a slip and fall accident involving water on the floor, the duty to warn includes placing an orange cone or yellow “wet floor” sign near the spill. The duty to rectify involves having an employee clean up the spill. If the hazardous condition is a pothole, the duty to warn includes placing a sign near the pothole to alert customers to its presence, while the duty to rectify involves repairing the pothole to ensure a uniform parking surface.


If You Don’t Have Health Insurance, Or Money To Pay Your Deductible, Can You Still Get Medical Treatment Or Therapy?

Yes. Our lawyers understand millions of Americans still lack health insurance. Mullen & Mullen also realizes the high cost of medical services and outrageous deductibles could limit your ability to get the medical care you need and deserve. Our law firm has relationships with a variety of medical professionals who specialize in treating accident injury victims.

Will You Be Required To Pay For These Services At The Time They Are Performed Or Rendered?

No. The medical professionals and organizations our lawyers have relationships with will not bill you for services until the conclusion of your premises liability claim.

What Are Common Injuries People Sustain In Slip And Fall Accidents?

The following injuries are fairly common in claims where clients have been injured at a work site, office building, apartment complex, department store, grocery store, convenience store, restaurant, or other retail establishment:

  1. Herniated discs
  2. Disc extrusions
  3. Spinal injury requiring a fusion or discectomy;
  4. Torn meniscus of the knee;
  5. Torn rotator cuff;
  6. Concussion;
  7. Sprain/Strain of the spine;
  8. Fractured or broken bones.

Of course, people can get injured in countless ways and sustain various injuries from falls. The above list is not exhaustive.

How can our lawyers help?

Mullen & Mullen in Fort Worth will establish the mechanism of your injury. How you fell and/or landed and/or the positioning of your body can impact your claim value.


Can You Receive An Advance On Your Case In Exchange For An Interest In Potential Settlement Proceeds?

Certainly. However, most legal funding companies tend to be more cautious about advancing money on premises liability and negligent activity cases compared to motor vehicle collision cases.

How Our Lawyers Can Assist:

Most legal funding companies require you to have an attorney before advancing money. Mullen & Mullen has established relationships with legal funding companies that trust our ability to assess premises liability and negligent activity cases, ensuring you can receive the immediate financial assistance you need.


The amount of compensation depends on the following criteria:

Present And Future Medical Bills:

You’ll be compensated for reasonable present and future medical bills related to your injury, assuming the defendant is responsible. For instance, if you have soft tissue injuries, clinic records may indicate the need for future maintenance visits. For catastrophic injuries, a certified life care planner may be required to establish future medical costs.

Lost Earning Capacity:

If, for example, a painter sustains severe shoulder injuries preventing them from ever painting again and had planned on painting for another 10 years, the loss of earning capacity would be calculated as the difference between their previous income and the new desk job, discounted to net present value.

Lost Wages:

This category compensates you for the time missed at work due to your injuries for which you were not paid.

Pain And Suffering:

This category is the most unpredictable among all potential award amounts. It resides in a nebulous area, subject to considerable debate.

Certain jurors might use economic damages as a kind of “starting point” when deliberating on non-economic damages like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment.

For instance, if your slip-and-fall results in a lifelong limp, you might receive compensation equivalent to five times the value of your medical bills. Conversely, if your recovery is expected within a month, this multiplier could be as low as one times the value of your medical costs or even less.

Attorneys and insurance adjusters often engage in debates over these numbers, making them inherently unpredictable. Therefore, consider these examples as illustrations rather than rigid rules.

While articles and damages calculators can offer a rough estimate of potential pain and suffering compensation, it’s essential to note that at Mullen & Mullen, we reject the notion that an arbitrary amount of medical bills should influence your case, especially in instances of catastrophic injuries. A recent case settlement, for example, amounted to 2.6 million dollars (utilizing all available policy limits), despite the client’s recoverable medical bills being only slightly above six figures. The severity of the injuries justified pursuing the full policy limits, regardless of the specific medical bill amount.

Loss Of Consortium (Impaired Relationship With Family Members)

An illustrative case involves a man who fell from improperly constructed scaffolding, resulting in numerous fractured bones and impotence. In this situation, he received financial compensation for the loss of his ability to have a sexual relationship with his wife.

While Loss of Consortium claims typically do not result in substantial awards, exceptional cases, such as the one mentioned above, can be an exception.

The Influence Of Attorney Skill

From a legal standpoint, there is no law directly linking the skill of your attorney to the final compensation amounts you may receive.

It’s undeniable that some attorneys possess superior skills compared to others. Therefore, selecting an attorney (as the decision ultimately lies with you) whom you trust completely and who has your best interests at heart is crucial. You are not obligated to hire the first attorney you consult, regardless of any perceived pressure. Reputable injury attorneys prioritize your well-being and do not push for immediate decisions.

Did the incident occur on privately owned commercial property accessible to the public?

Let’s begin with the most common scenario: when you are lawfully on someone else’s private property, often a large retail establishment. Fortunately, in this situation, there is no ceiling on damages in Texas. Currently, the only existing caps in the state apply to medical malpractice law, aimed at managing insurance premiums for doctors and, consequently, controlling medical expenses. However, it is important to assess the profitability of the at-fault party when insurance policy limits are in question.

Work-related incidents

Workplace accidents can be complex, especially since employers in Texas are not obligated to carry workers’ compensation. If you slip and fall at work, you may file a standard personal injury claim against your employer if they are a “non-subscriber,” and there is no damages cap, as explained. Alternatively, you could pursue a personal injury claim against a third party if they were responsible for your fall rather than your employer.

However, if your injury falls under “workers’ comp” (meaning your employer is responsible for your injuries and is a “subscriber”), the Texas Department of Insurance calculates a “State Average Weekly Wage” (SAWW) for your specific type of work. This figure amounts to 88% of the average weekly wage in covered employment.

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Temporary Income Benefits, equal to 100% of the SAWW
  • Impairment Income Benefits, equivalent to 70% of the SAWW
  • Supplemental Income Benefits, totaling 70% of the SAWW
  • Lifetime Income Benefits, covering 100% of the SAWW for the first year of receiving these benefits
  • Death Benefits, reaching 100% of the SAWW

In simpler terms, it’s crucial to recognize that Workers’ Compensation in Texas is a complicated system that may not always serve the best interests of employees like yourself.


What Economic Damages Could You Potentially Recover?

The recoverable damages vary based on the unique circumstances of each case. Economic damages are those that are easily quantifiable. Typically, the following economic damages can be sought:

  • Damages for the medical expenses already paid or incurred;
  • Damages for anticipated future medical expenses resulting from your injuries;
  • Damages for lost wages incurred due to time off work caused by your injuries; and
  • Damages for the loss of future earning capacity.

For instance: If you work as a truck driver and suffer an injury in a fall that makes it impossible for you to sit for extended periods, continuing your employment as a truck driver becomes unlikely. You may need to transition to a light job that requires standing. If the salary difference between your role as a truck driver and the new job amounts to $40,000.00 annually, you would be entitled to the pay discrepancy multiplied by the anticipated remaining work years. This constitutes your lost earning capacity, though discounted to its net present value.


The recoverable damages depend on the specifics of each case. Non-economic damages are those that aren’t easily quantifiable. Generally, the following non-economic damages can be pursued:

  • Damages for past pain and suffering;
  • Damages for anticipated future pain and suffering;
  • Damages for past physical impairment;
  • Damages for anticipated future physical impairment;
  • Damages for past mental anguish;
  • Damages for anticipated future mental anguish; and
  • Punitive damages – although obtaining these damages is typically challenging.

Contact our attorneys today to delve into the details of your potential claim. Learn how our law firm, boasting over 40 years of experience, can provide assistance tailored to your needs.

Call (817) 768-6680 now or use the form below to request a free consultation. There is never a fee unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.


In life, there’s the perception of how things work and then the reality. It’s crucial to understand the facts about slip and fall claims rather than discovering misconceptions later in the process.

It Was Just A Small Fall. You Feel Fine.

While you may not need immediate emergency care, reporting the incident to your doctor and getting a prompt checkup is essential. Adrenaline can mask injuries, and some issues, like traumatic brain injuries, may not be immediately apparent.

You Shouldn’t File A Claim. Only Greedy, Selfish People Seek Money.

Contrary to media portrayals, most slip and fall victims seek fair compensation to maintain their quality of life. Pursuing a claim legally is about seeking just recompense, not greed.

If You Fall And Get Hurt On Someone Else’s Property, You’re Automatically Entitled To Money.

Compensation eligibility requires proving the property owner’s knowledge or should-have-known status regarding a dangerous condition. Texas law adds complexity to the process, making it more challenging than a straightforward entitlement.

The Faster You Settle, The Better.

Swift settlements may offer immediate funds but often undervalue the full extent of injuries and damages. Waiting and consulting with a slip and fall lawyer can lead to a more equitable outcome.

You Won’t Win That Much, So There’s No Point In Filing A Complex Legal Claim.

The amount you can win depends on various factors, and it’s crucial to consider potential costs such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more. Consulting with a lawyer helps ensure you’re not overlooking potential compensation.

Slips And Falls Are Frequently Fraudulent.

While some fraudulent cases exist, they are rare. The majority of slip and fall claims involve honest individuals seeking fair compensation for their injuries.

Shiny Floors Are More Slippery Than Less Shiny Floors.

The appearance of a floor doesn’t necessarily determine slipperiness. Floor maintenance and care play a more significant role in slip resistance.

The Greater The Slip Resistance, The Safer The Floor.

While slip-resistant flooring is generally safer, excessive tackiness can also lead to slips and falls.

You Don’t Need To Retain A Lawyer If The Insurance Company Offers To Pay.

Accepting an insurer’s offer without legal guidance often results in lower compensation. Consulting with a slip and fall lawyer ensures a fair evaluation of your case.

You Automatically Lose If A Warning Sign Was Present.

Warning signs may complicate your case, but they don’t guarantee a loss. Texas law allows pursuing a case if a company negligently displayed a warning.

You May Have To Go To Court Several Times.

With experienced slip and fall lawyers, the likelihood of going to court is minimal. Most cases settle during the negotiation process.

You Can Only Seek Compensation For Physical Injuries.

Compensation can extend beyond physical injuries, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress.


In the aftermath of a premises liability injury, it’s crucial to be mindful of certain actions to safeguard your claim and potential compensation. Knowing what to do and what to avoid can significantly impact the outcome of your case, especially considering Texas follows the “comparative negligence” rule. Here are key guidelines to follow:

Do Get Medical Attention Immediately.

Timely medical care is essential, as delaying treatment may jeopardize your claim. Insurance companies may argue that delayed treatment indicates the absence of genuine injuries.

Do Not Miss Medical Appointments Or Fail To Follow Your Doctor’s Orders.

Consistent medical follow-ups and adherence to prescribed treatments are vital. Failure to do so may result in the property owner’s insurer claiming you didn’t mitigate your damages or weren’t significantly injured.

Do Report Your Slip And Fall To The Property Owner Within 24 Hours.

Promptly report the incident, either on-site or through a friend or family member if immediate medical attention is required. Quick reporting enhances the credibility of your claim.

Do Get A Copy Of Your Report.

Obtain a written copy of your report, whether from the police, landlord, or store manager, to prevent potential loss or refusal to provide the report.

Hire An Attorney As Quickly As Possible.

Swiftly retaining legal counsel is crucial to prevent the at-fault party from conveniently losing evidence. An attorney can demand the preservation of all relevant evidence.

Do Take Lots Of Photos.

Capture numerous images and video footage of the accident scene from various angles. Document the exact location of the fall and any contributing factors. If unable to do so personally, enlist the help of a friend, family member, or witness.

Do Not Forget To Get Witness Contact Information.

Collect names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses. Ensure they send this information to you on-site to guarantee its availability.

Do Contact A Lawyer.

Consulting an attorney is essential for navigating the legal process effectively. Attempting to handle the claim independently puts you at a disadvantage and may risk losing compensation.

Do Not Give The Insurer A Recorded Statement.

Avoid providing a recorded statement to the insurance company, as they may use it against you. Remember, you’re not obligated to speak with the insurance company without legal representation.

Do Try To Figure Out What Caused Your Slip And Fall.

Understanding the cause of the incident strengthens your claim. Identify factors like slippery floors and determine the specific circumstances leading to the fall.

Don’t Sign Any Insurance Company Papers Without Talking To A Lawyer First.

Avoid signing any documents from the insurance company without legal review. Let a slip and fall lawyer assess the paperwork to ensure a fair deal.

Do Try To Determine How Long The Dangerous Condition Existed.

Texas law considers the time property owners have to address dangerous conditions. Understanding how long the condition persisted is crucial to determining the validity of your claim.

Do Take Detailed Notes.

Document a detailed account of the slip and fall incident through notes or even a video recording. This personal record complements the accident report and serves as an additional source of information.


Call (817) 768-6680 to talk to a Fort Worth premises liability attorney right now. We won’t put any pressure on you to hire us on the spot. Simply learn how we’ll approach your case and get some excellent free advice. Make your decision only when you feel 100% ready. Do remember though, that the Texas statute of limitations gives you just 2 years from the date of your accident to file a claim.

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