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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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Top Frisco Slip and Fall Lawyers Who Settle For More


If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, our skilled Frisco 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 4 years our firm made the Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 44 times, and the “Top 100” list 70 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 (214) 529-3476 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 people think about premises liability cases, they often associate them with slip and fall incidents. However, this is just one aspect of premises liability. A valid premises liability case arises when someone is injured on another person’s property due to the property owner’s negligence, regardless of the cause. We frequently handle cases for individuals in North Texas who have been injured in various settings such as retail stores, office buildings, construction sites, and other commercial establishments.

For instance, I recall a case involving an elderly client who wasn’t sure if she had a valid premises liability claim. All she knew was that she had slipped in a water puddle inside a grocery store. She couldn’t explain why the puddle was there and couldn’t prove that the store employees were aware of it. To build a strong case, we needed to establish that the store had constructive notice of the dangerous condition. This required analyzing factors like proximity, conspicuity, and longevity of the hazard.

In most premises liability cases, it’s crucial to prove (1) the presence of a hazardous condition that wasn’t obvious, (2) that the property owner knew or should have known about it, and (3) they failed to warn or rectify the situation.

Proving that the owner or responsible party created the hazard or had direct knowledge of it can be challenging. Typically, premises liability cases focus on whether the defendant(s) had “constructive notice” of the dangerous condition. In other words, was it likely that the hazardous condition existed long enough for the property owner to have reasonably discovered it?

Obtaining crucial evidence promptly is vital in premises liability cases. We have an advantage with our two full-time investigators, whose services are provided free of charge to our clients. This ensures that essential evidence is gathered and documented.

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property or business, it’s important not to provide a recorded statement to the insurance company without consulting our experienced attorneys. The outcome of these cases often hinges on small details and how the case is framed.

In the case of our elderly client, a detailed investigation revealed key facts in her favor. The water puddle was located near cash registers where multiple employees worked (“proximity”). After the fall, her entire back was wet, indicating a substantial amount of water was present (“conspicuity”). Our in-house investigator swiftly obtained photographs and video evidence showing a soda fridge slowly leaking near the spot where our client fell, proving that the puddle had accumulated over time (“longevity”).

By uncovering these details, we achieved a favorable outcome for our deserving client. At the end of her case, she expressed gratitude for the excellent healthcare she received and was pleasantly surprised by the substantial compensation she received.

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.


Kimberly Greer Nichols in Frisco said on Google, “I hired Shane Mullen as my personal injury lawyer for a slip and fall case. I hired them because of the positive reviews they had as well as the amount of experience. I was not disappointed. Shane and Mullen & Mullen did a great job for me and I couldn’t be more pleased.


Texas law is not on your side.

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

In general, establishing a valid claim requires demonstrating that the responsible party was aware of or should have been aware of a hazardous condition. Furthermore, it must be shown that they owed a legal duty to either warn the injured party about the condition or take measures to rectify it. The nature of this duty depends on whether the individual is classified as an Invitee or a Licensee while present on the property.

Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, located in Frisco, has successfully advocated for numerous clients, securing millions in settlements for individuals who have suffered physical harm in various settings, including office buildings, apartment complexes, restaurants, department stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, and retail outlets such as Walmart.

Equipped with the financial resources, knowledge, skills, and extensive experience, our Frisco-based attorneys are well-prepared to meticulously build your case. We are committed to establishing the essential facts required to secure a settlement for your slip and fall injury.

Notably, our Senior Associate, Joseph Morrison, played a pivotal role as counsel of record in a Premises Liability case recognized by VerdictSearch as one of the Top 5 in Texas 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 you experience a slip and fall incident on someone’s property in Frisco, whether it’s a local park, a government building, a private or public business, or someone’s home, the circumstances of the accident and the applicable legal framework depend on which body of law governs your case.

If your injury occurred simultaneously with the negligent act or omission, you have a negligent activity claim. This distinction is significant because establishing that the defendant breached a duty of safety in a slip and fall case is comparatively less challenging in negligent activity claims than in premises liability claims.

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

  • The defendant owed a general “duty” of care, assessed by the actions or inactions that a reasonably prudent ordinary person or business would take (or not take) under similar circumstances.
  • The defendant “breached” that duty.
  • The breach “caused” your accident, determined by the “but for” test and the “foreseeability” test.
  • You suffered and sustained “damages” as defined by the law.

Illustration of a Negligent Activity Claim

Picture this scenario: You’re browsing merchandise in a grocery store, and an inattentive employee inadvertently pushes a line of shopping carts, colliding with your back and causing you to fall. In this case, your injury coincided with the negligent act. To demonstrate a breach of the duty of care, you only need to prove that a reasonably prudent store employee would have paid attention while maneuvering a lengthy chain of shopping carts. Your argument may rely on common sense, adherence to store training policies and procedures, and efforts to elicit an acknowledgment from the employee regarding the lapse in attention.

Are Witnesses Crucial?

Absolutely. Witnesses can be pivotal in a Frisco slip and fall case, often playing a decisive role. It is essential to gather information on all potential witnesses, as they can be instrumental in showing that the store either knew about or should have discovered a hazardous condition.

Remember: Even if there were no witnesses to your slip and fall accident, you can still establish the facts needed to support and prevail in your personal injury claim. In many instances, your testimony alone can suffice to substantiate the essential elements of your claim for damages.

Does The Presence Of Others Around Me At The Time Of My Fall Make A Difference?

It could. Consider a situation where there is a puddle of water on the floor in a store, constituting a hazardous condition. If two employees were in close proximity to the puddle, it becomes more plausible to argue that the employees were aware of the water on the floor or should have noticed it and taken measures to address the danger. Reflect on your slip and fall incident. Were any employees nearby when you fell? Did the location of your fall happen in a prominent aisle or section of the store? Was there any indication of one or more employees having been in the area just before your fall?

Case Example 1:

Mullen & Mullen Law Firm represented a woman injured at Walmart. She slipped and fell in a puddle of water that leaked from the ceiling. Our lawyers contended that the area where she fell was within the line of sight of three employees, based on the evidence gathered.

Case Example 2:

Our Frisco lawyers 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 to be stocked, positioned near 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 employees to address a spill before your fall, it would evidently indicate that the store, through its employee(s), had actual knowledge of the hazardous condition. At times, statements can establish constructive notice, implying that the store should have discovered the dangerous condition.

Remember: Constructive notice can be established through various means. For instance, if the puddle you slipped in had multiple “tracks” through it, you could argue that the puddle existed long enough for multiple people to encounter it and should have been discovered.

Illustration: We previously discussed the case of a woman represented by our firm who was injured at Walmart when she slipped and fell in a puddle of water from a ceiling leak. Our Frisco slip and fall lawyers also demonstrated that multiple employees had a view of the aisle in question. Mullen & Mullen still had to establish that the puddle of water in question existed long enough for store employees to have discovered it. Our attorneys argued that the size of the puddle (comparable to a medium pizza) coupled with the slow leak (dripping every 3-4 seconds) necessarily implied that the puddle had accumulated over an extended period.

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

Numerous parties might bear responsibility for your injuries, and these parties can vary depending on the type of establishment where the incident occurred. For instance:

  • Retail Store: Potential parties include the building owner and the party in possession of the building, contingent on the nature of the alleged dangerous condition.
  • Government Building: Possible parties may include the city, county, an agency, or the State of Texas. It’s crucial to note that governmental units and entities often have stringent requirements for filing a Notice of Claim within a specified time frame—sometimes as brief as 30 days. Failing 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 both be potential parties.
  • Residence: Potential parties in a residential setting include the owner(s) of the home or tenants. It’s important to be aware that most homeowners have insurance to cover such losses.

In summary, liability for your injuries in a slip and fall accident may extend to the owner of the premises, the manager, and any party in possession of the premises.


In a premises liability case in Texas, the statute of limitations is typically 2 years from the date of the incident leading to your injuries. It’s crucial to resolve all claims or initiate legal proceedings (including serving all Defendants) before this statute of limitations expires; otherwise, you will be permanently barred from seeking recovery.

However, if your injury occurs on government property, an additional requirement comes into play. You must file a notice of claim with the relevant government or entities. Under the Texas Tort Claims Act, the notice period is 6 months, but certain local jurisdictions set even shorter deadlines—sometimes as brief as 30, 45, or 90 days. Swiftly reporting your injury and seeking legal assistance is imperative to ensure the validity of your claim(s).

Here’s How Your Compensation Potential Can Be Affected:

When you experience a slip and fall on private property in Texas, insurance policy limits become more subjective and often higher. Generally, you can seek full compensation for economic damages (income loss, medical bills, lost capacity to earn, property damage) without a predefined limit.

On private property, it’s also possible to pursue damages for non-economic harm (emotional pain and suffering, lost companionship, etc.), although this is infrequent and harder to establish.

The same applies to punitive damages, which are rare and reserved for cases involving grossly negligent behavior causing severe injury, aiming to punish the responsible institution or individual.

Where Your Injury Occurs Significantly Influences Your Compensation.

In the case of a slip and fall on private property in Texas, the liability policy limits of the property owner or possessor (or both) typically play a role in determining your maximum compensation. However, this is subject to the financial capacity of the owner or possessor; for highly profitable entities, the policy limits may be less constraining. For instance, if you experience a severe injury due to a slippery substance on the ground:

At a small mom-and-pop restaurant, accepting a $500,000.00 policy limits offer may be a pragmatic choice, even if your actual damages exceed that amount. The limited resources of such a small business may pose challenges in collecting a judgment beyond their policy limits.
On the other hand, if you sustain injuries on Amazon’s property with $1,000,000.00 liability policy limits, and your damages surpass that amount, rejecting the offered limits would be reasonable. In such a scenario, you would seek compensation for your complete economic damages (including income loss, medical bills, loss of earning capacity) and non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, impairment, etc.).
However, when dealing with governmental entities, your recoverable damages are subject to caps:

Claims against a unit of local government:

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

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 Protection

Before the establishment of America, the concept of suing the king or government for any reason was non-existent in England. This principle, known as “sovereign immunity,” underscores the historical difficulty in pursuing legal action against government bodies, a challenge that persists in Texas. While not as absolute as the historical English version, sovereign immunity in Texas means that government entities are not immune when carrying out functions exclusively benefiting their citizens.

However, sovereign immunity does apply when government functions benefit both citizens and non-citizens. This distinction adds complexity to cases involving slips and falls on government property, although it is not an insurmountable obstacle. It is crucial to promptly report your accident to the government entity and seek the guidance of a qualified attorney to safeguard your rights.

How Our Lawyers Can Assist

Our attorneys leverage comprehensive databases to identify premises owners and managers swiftly. This information allows us to promptly dispatch 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 may have recorded your fall. Acting swiftly is imperative, as video footage is often retained for only a limited period, sometimes just days. Retaining legal counsel promptly is essential to ensure the preservation of crucial evidence.


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

Certainly. Your legal status as a visitor on the property determines the responsibilities owed to you by potential liable parties. Moreover, it influences whether comparative negligence might impede your ability to seek damages.

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

An invitee is essentially an “invited guest.” You assume the status of an invitee when you are on the premises or at a business by explicit (express) invitation or through an implied invitation. Implied invitations often arise when entering stores, restaurants, and other establishments open to the public for shopping, dining, or entertainment.

For instance, if you visit Best Buy to purchase a television and experience a slip and fall while in the store, you would be classified as an “invitee.” This is because you were at the premises by the implied invitation of the store to make purchases. Best Buy, being open to the public, benefits from customers like you. They wanted you to enter and buy a television or another product.

On the other hand, if you entered a gas station solely to use the restroom without intending to make a purchase, you would not be categorized as an invitee.

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

What Responsibilities Are Owed To An Invitee?

The owner (or the person in control of the premises) is obligated to an invitee to not only warn about or rectify unreasonably dangerous conditions that they are aware of but also to reasonably inspect and identify unreasonably dangerous conditions. They must then warn the invitee or take steps to make those conditions safe. Even if the dangerous condition is open and obvious, you still have the right to pursue legal action. However, the owner or possessor may argue that a percentage (up to 100%) of your slip and fall injuries resulted from your own negligence, and it becomes the jury’s responsibility to assign fault percentages if the parties cannot reach a settlement through negotiation.

It’s important to note that if a dangerous condition is open and obvious, it can impact your ability to recover damages. For instance, slipping and falling in a puddle of water that was clearly marked off by three bright orange cones may diminish the likelihood of recovering damages. Conversely, if there were no cones present and you slipped on a yellow substance on a white floor, jurors could determine that the store should have identified the dangerous condition, but you also should have seen it, potentially resulting in a 50/50 apportionment of fault among the parties.


Demonstrating that the at-fault store or establishment possessed actual knowledge of a dangerous condition in a Frisco slip and fall claim is often a challenging task. However, it is not insurmountable. Here are some scenarios where actual knowledge could be alleged:

Employee Statements:

If an employee confesses to being aware of the hazardous condition before your fall.

Store Or Its Employee Created The Dangerous Condition:

Actual knowledge is presumed if the store or one of its employees generated the hazardous condition. For instance, if a McDonald’s employee mopped the customer restroom and omitted placing a yellow warning sign, and you subsequently slipped and fell, actual knowledge could be presumed. The demonstration of the freshly mopped floor would be necessary, implying uniform wetness.

Circumstantial Evidence:

Actual knowledge might be inferred by presenting evidence that an employee attempted to clean up a spill but did so negligently. For instance, our Frisco slip and fall attorneys represented an elderly woman injured at a movie theater. Witness statements indicating paper towels on the floor near the spill were used to illustrate that an employee had attempted cleanup but failed to eliminate all of it before our client’s fall.

Video Footage:

Many businesses and retail establishments have surveillance camera systems. Attorneys can request video footage of the slip and fall incident if available, examining the footage to determine if any store employee(s) walked by the spill, for example.

If you are an invitee, it is not mandatory to prove that the store or business had actual knowledge of a dangerous condition to recover damages. You need only demonstrate that the store or business should have been aware of the dangerous condition and failed to warn you or make it safe.


Proximity To The Spill

Was a store employee or representative of the at-fault party present near the location where you fell immediately before your accident? If so, you can argue that the employee or representative should have identified the hazardous condition. For instance, if a grocery store employee was stocking items in the same aisle where you fell. Additionally, if employees were positioned close to where you fell or had a clear view of the area before the incident, it becomes more plausible to assert that the spill should have been addressed or that they should have given you a warning by placing a caution cone nearby.

Keep in mind: Retail employees typically have a responsibility to monitor their surroundings for potential hazards. Many establishments have established policies and procedures for handling spills. For example, employees who discover a hazardous condition may be instructed to “guard” it until they can get the attention of a co-worker for assistance. Moreover, some establishments may instruct employees to place store products or merchandise on the floor around the spill to alert customers until it can be rectified.

Conspicuousness Of The Spill

How significant was the spill? It is evidently easier to argue that a store employee should have noticed a large pizza-sized puddle of water compared to a single drop of water on the floor. What was the color of the liquid on the floor? It is evidently easier to assert that a store employee should have noticed a red-tinted liquid as opposed to a small amount of clear liquid on a white tile floor.

Passage Of Time

The duration of time passing 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 had been on the floor for an extended period.
  • If you slipped and fell on ice cream on the floor, and the ice cream had congealed before your accident.
  • If you tripped and fell in a deep pothole in the parking lot – as potholes do not form instantaneously.

How Our Attorneys Can Assist:

Proving constructive notice can be intricate and necessitates a thorough examination of the specific facts and circumstances of your case. Mullen & Mullen in Frisco boasts extensive experience in scrutinizing case details to establish the required notice. Our law firm has two full-time accident investigators dedicated to gathering the evidence essential for the proper development of your case.

Does Your Purpose For Being At The Premises Impact 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 (for instance, while shopping at a grocery store or dining at a restaurant), the responsible party owes you the duty to warn about known hazardous conditions and/or make those conditions safe. Additionally, there is a duty to discover dangerous conditions on the premises and warn or make them safe. If you are a Licensee (a social guest at someone else’s home, for example), the responsible party only has a duty to warn you of known dangerous conditions and/or make those conditions safe.

Remember: The duty to make safe and/or the duty to warn can vary from case to case. For instance, 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 make safe 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, while the duty to make safe 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 Frisco 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 A Case In Exchange For An Interest In Potential Settlement Proceeds?

Certainly. However, law loan companies are generally more cautious about advancing money on these types of cases compared to motor vehicle collision cases.

How Our Lawyers Can Assist:

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


It depends on the following criteria:

Present And Future Medical Bills:

You will be compensated for reasonable present and future medical bills related to your injury if the defendant is indeed responsible. For example, if you have soft tissue injuries, clinic records may indicate the need for future maintenance visits. In cases of catastrophic injuries, a certified life care planner may be retained to establish future medical costs.

Lost Earning Capacity:

Consider a scenario where a painter sustains severe shoulder injuries in a fall, preventing him from continuing his painting career. If he has to transition to a desk job with a $30,000.00 per year salary reduction compared to his previous income, and he had planned on painting for another 10 years, his loss of earning capacity would be $300,000.00 (discounted to net present value).

Lost Wages:

This category compensates you for the time you actually missed at work due to your injuries for which you did not receive payment.

Pain And Suffering:

This category of damages is the most unpredictable among all potential awards. It resides in a nebulous area, subject to interpretation.

Some jurors use economic damages as a tentative reference when contemplating non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment.

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

The assessment of these numbers is a matter of contention between attorneys and insurance adjusters, making them inherently unpredictable. Treat these examples as illustrations rather than strict rules.

While resources such as this article and a damages calculator can offer a rough estimate of potential pain and suffering compensation, it’s crucial to note that at Mullen & Mullen, we reject the notion that a set amount of medical bills has any bearing on your case, especially when catastrophic injuries are involved. For instance, we recently settled a case pre-suit for 2.6 million dollars (all remaining available policy limits), even though the recoverable medical bills were only slightly above six figures. In such cases, the severity of injuries takes precedence over the arbitrary amount of medical bills.

Loss Of Consortium (Impact On Relationship With Family Members)

Illustrating this is a case involving a man who fell from improperly constructed scaffolding, resulting in multiple fractures and broken bones, along with impotence. He was eligible for financial damages due to the loss of his ability to maintain a sexual relationship with his wife.

While loss of consortium typically does not result in substantial awards, exceptional cases, like the one mentioned, exist.

The Role Of Attorney Skill

From a legal standpoint, there is no law that directly influences the impact of your attorney’s skill on the final compensation amounts.

The proficiency of attorneys can vary, and it’s crucial to select an attorney you trust completely and believe has your best interests at heart. As the client, you have the authority to choose the attorney who best aligns with your needs, and there’s no obligation to hire the first attorney you consult, regardless of any pressure you may encounter. Reputable injury attorneys prioritize your well-being and do not coerce you into making immediate decisions.

Did The Incident Occur On Privately Owned Commercial Property Accessible To The Public?

Let’s consider the most common scenario: you find yourself legally present on someone else’s private property, often a large retail establishment. Fortunately, in this situation, there are no predetermined limits on damages. Currently, the only caps in Texas relate to medical malpractice law, aiming to control insurance premiums for doctors and subsequently manage medical expenses. However, it is essential to assess the profitability of the at-fault party in cases where insurance policy limits are proposed.

Incident At The Workplace

Work-related accidents can be perplexing because employers in Texas are not obligated to carry workers’ compensation. If you experience a slip-and-fall at work, you might be able to file a standard personal injury claim against your employer, especially if they are a “non-subscriber,” and there is no damages cap, as you’ve learned. Alternatively, you can file a personal injury claim against a third party if they are responsible for your fall, rather than your employer.

However, if your injury falls under “workers’ comp” (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 represents 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, equivalent to 100% of the SAWW
  • Impairment Income Benefits, equal to 70% of the SAWW
  • Supplemental Income Benefits, also 70% of the SAWW
  • Lifetime Income Benefits, totaling 100% of the SAWW for the initial year of receiving these benefits
  • Death Benefits, comprising 100% of the SAWW

In simpler terms, it’s important to understand that Workers’ Compensation in Texas can be convoluted and may not necessarily align with the best interests of employees like yourself.


What Economic Damages Might You Be Entitled To?

The recoverable damages in each case vary based on individual circumstances. Economic damages, which are quantifiable, typically include:

  • Damages for the medical bills you have already paid or incurred.
  • Damages for the medical bills you will incur in the future due to your injuries.
  • Damages for lost wages if you missed work time due to your injuries.
  • Damages for the loss of earning capacity in the future.

For instance, if you are a truck driver and sustain injuries that prevent you from sitting for extended periods, making it impossible to continue your employment as a truck driver, you may need to pursue a job that involves standing. If the pay difference between your previous truck driving job and the new job standing is $40,000.00 annually, you would be entitled to the pay difference multiplied by your anticipated remaining work years. This calculation constitutes your lost earning capacity, discounted to its net present value.


What Non-Economic Damages Might You Be Entitled To?

Similar to economic damages, recoverable non-economic damages, which are not easily quantifiable, generally include:

  • Damages for past pain and suffering.
  • Damages for future pain and suffering.
  • Damages for past physical impairment.
  • Damages for future physical impairment.
  • Damages for past mental anguish.
  • Damages for future mental anguish.
  • Punitive damages, though obtaining these damages can be challenging.

Contact our attorneys today to discuss the specifics of your potential claim. Learn how our law firm, with over 40 years of experience, can assist you. Call (214) 529-3476 now or use the form below to request a free consultation. There is never a fee unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.


Like many aspects of life, there’s often a discrepancy between how we perceive things and how they truly operate. Rather than discovering later in the process that slip and fall claims work differently than assumed, it’s beneficial to be informed in advance.

It Was Just A Small Fall. You Feel Fine.

While immediate emergency room visits may not be necessary, reporting the incident to your doctor and undergoing a checkup is essential. Serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, may not manifest immediately, and the adrenaline from the situation can mask injuries. A post-fall checkup can unveil any hidden issues.

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

Contrary to media portrayals, most slip and fall victims seek fair and reasonable compensation to maintain their quality of life. Pursuing a legal claim is not a selfish act; it’s about ensuring justice and proper compensation for the injuries sustained.

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

Compensation entitlement depends on proving that the property owner knew or should have known of a dangerous condition and failed to address it. Texas law adds complexity to slip and fall claims, making it crucial to establish negligence for a successful claim.

The Faster You Settle, The Better.

In most cases, waiting and allowing a slip and fall lawyer to thoroughly assess the situation often results in a more favorable settlement. Insurers may offer quick settlements to minimize payouts, but understanding the full extent of injuries and damages is crucial before settling.

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, including medical costs, lost wages, pain, suffering, loss of consortium, and more. Seeking legal advice ensures you’re not missing out on compensation that could significantly impact your quality of life.

Slips And Falls Are Frequently Fraudulent.

While fraudulent cases exist, the majority of slip and fall victims are honest individuals seeking fair compensation for legitimate injuries. Reputable lawyers only take on claims they believe are 100% legitimate.

Shiny Floors Are More Slippery Than Less Shiny Floors.

The slipperiness of a floor is more dependent on maintenance and care rather than its shine. The perception of a shiny floor being more slippery is not necessarily accurate.

The Greater The Slip Resistance, The Safer The Floor.

While slip-resistant flooring is generally safer, excessive tackiness can also lead to slip and falls. The ideal balance is crucial to ensure safety.

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

Accepting an insurer’s offer without legal advice may result in lower compensation. Insurance companies aim to minimize payouts, and a slip and fall lawyer can negotiate a more favorable settlement.

You Automatically Lose If A Warning Sign Was Present.

While warning signs may complicate your case, they don’t guarantee an automatic loss. The placement and visibility of the sign can be factors, and Texas law doesn’t prevent pursuing a case if a warning was negligently displayed.

You May Have To Go To Court Several Times.

Hiring experienced slip and fall lawyers often leads to settlements during the negotiation process, minimizing the likelihood of multiple court appearances.

You Can Only Seek Compensation For Physical Injuries.

Compensation can extend beyond physical injuries and include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress. Seeking a comprehensive understanding of potential damages is essential.


Navigating a premises liability injury involves careful actions to protect your rights and potential compensation. Here’s a guide on what to do and what to avoid after a slip and fall:

Do Get Medical Attention Immediately.

Waiting to seek medical care can reduce your potential recovery, as insurers may argue delayed treatment implies no serious injury. Promptly seeing a doctor ensures early detection of injuries, even those not immediately apparent.

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

Consistent adherence to medical advice is crucial. Neglecting appointments may lead to the insurer claiming you failed to mitigate damages or weren’t severely injured, potentially reducing or jeopardizing your claim.

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

Fill out an on-site report if possible, and if delayed, ensure prompt reporting either by a friend, family member, or upon your return. Swift reporting enhances the credibility of your claim.

Do Get A Copy Of Your Report.

Obtain a written copy of your report from the police, landlord, store manager, or yourself. Ensure you have a record of the report, as it may be crucial for your case.

Do Hire An Attorney As Quickly As Possible.

Immediate legal representation prevents the at-fault party from conveniently losing evidence. A lawyer can swiftly demand the preservation of all evidence related to your claim.

Do Take Lots Of Photos.

Document the accident scene thoroughly with close-ups and wide-angle views. Capture images of the exact location of the fall and any contributing factors. Video footage is also valuable. If unable, ask someone to take pictures as per your guidance.

Do Not Forget To Get Witness Contact Information.

Obtain names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses. Have them text the information to you on-site for certainty. Witnesses can significantly impact the outcome of your claim.

Do Contact A Lawyer.

While you may attempt handling the legal process alone, consulting a lawyer is essential. Legal professionals ensure you don’t jeopardize your claim and can maximize compensation.

Do Not Give The Insurer A Recorded Statement.

Avoid providing recorded statements to insurers, as they may use your words against you. You’re not obligated to speak with the insurance company, and consulting a lawyer first is advisable.

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

Identifying the cause strengthens your claim. Knowing specifics, such as the origin of a slippery floor, enhances the credibility of your case.

Do Not Sign Any Insurance Company Papers Without Talking To A Lawyer First.

Let a slip and fall lawyer review insurance documents before signing. Signing without legal guidance may result in an unfavorable deal.

Do Try To Determine How Long The Dangerous Condition Existed.

Understanding the duration of a dangerous condition is crucial under Texas law. Property owners need reasonable time to address hazardous conditions.

Do Take Detailed Notes.

Document your account of the slip and fall promptly. Detailed notes or a video recording provide a personal record beyond the accident report, ensuring a comprehensive perspective.


Call (214) 529-3476 talk to a Frisco 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.

We’ll come to your home or hospital room if it makes it easier on you! Phone and Zoom consultations are also available. You can call us, or use the form or chat feature on this page to request a free consultation now.

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