Property owners in Texas and elsewhere are responsible for maintaining a safe environment free of hazards to prevent accidents and injuries. When potential risks are made known, those responsible usually choose to address the issue as quickly as possible. However, sometimes these warnings are ignored, and eventually someone might suffer the consequences, which could in turn lead to a premises liability lawsuit.
A woman in another state was recently awarded a $300,000 judgment under similar circumstances. According to reports, the woman was a frequent volunteer at a local recreation center, and had often raised concerns about a specific rug, claiming that it could be a risk. Several others had also complained about the mats at this location, but they were reportedly left in place.
At some point while volunteering at the center, the woman tripped on the mat and fell. Along with a concussion and a black eye, she also suffered neck and back injuries, and will have to undergo treatment for an unspecified amount of time. Injuries to these areas may be common among accidents involving falls, and can be challenging to overcome, potentially prompting a need for long-term or permanent treatment.
In addition to physical and/or emotional pain, those who suffer serious injuries due to hazardous and/or unsafe environments may face financial hardships, especially if prolonged treatment is required. When facing such a stressful and challenging life event, a person may choose to speak with an attorney for advice on available options for financial relief. An attorney in Texas can address the client's injuries and financial needs and subsequently assist in pursuing compensation through a premises liability claim.
Source: myrtlebeachonline.com, "Myrtle Beach ordered to pay $300,000 to woman who tripped on rec center rug", Chloe Johnson, July 19, 2017