An offshore worker filed a personal injury lawsuit against Chevron, a well-known energy company based in California, after allegedly suffering injuries due to a slip and fall on one of the company’s drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
In the lawsuit, which was filed in Galveston, Texas, the victim claims that he has suffered serious, debilitating bodily injuries, all of which were directly caused by the negligent behavior of Chevron.
The lawsuit specifically cites the company’s failure to maintain safe working conditions, as well as failing to adequately supervise when it came to handling equipment, instructions or devices.
According to the claim, the victim is seeking compensation and other damages to address mental anguish, loss of earning potential, lost earnings, physical impairment, permanent disfigurement, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Premises Liability – Slip & Fall
Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility, according to state and federal statutes, to allow individuals a safe environment wherever they might be.
The laws regarding premises liability primarily focus on the victim, or visitor, who experiences injury as a result of poor property conditions. Depending on the situation, the visitor may be classified in one of three ways:
- Invitee: The person was expressly or indirectly invited to the property. The owner is responsible for providing the highest quality of care and exercising every reasonable precaution to guarantee the safety of any invitee
- Licensee: A licensee enters a property for their specific purpose(s), but does so with the owner’s consent. By law, the owner is required to warn a licensee of any present or hidden dangers, but is not legally required to fix them
- Trespasser: An individual classified, as a trespasser has no legal right to be on the property. Whenever they enter the property unlawfully, they surrender any right to safety. As a result, the owner will likely not be held liable for any injury or damages. However, an attorney can make an argument if the property does not include proper fencing or signage
Although an accident can occur anytime on a property, there are some circumstances consistent with premises liability claims, including:
- Debris or liquid spills
- Broken stairwells or elevators
- Falling objects or debris
- Poor lighting
- Icy walkways or passages
- Lack of notice to warn of dangerous conditions
Because no two premises liability cases are the same, it is important to enlist the counsel of an attorney who specializes in personal injury and these types of circumstances.
Premises Liability Attorneys in Houston
Have you or someone you know suffered a slip and fall or related premises liability accident? If so, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim, which can help address the numerous financial hurdles that accompany personal injury matters.
That’s where the personal injury specialists at Charles J. Argento & Associates come in. Situated in the City of Houston, our firm serves as a helpful legal resource for victims of personal injury accidents, including those injured as the result of a premises liability incident. Our team of highly skilled attorneys has a great deal of experience in handling these types of claims, and can work with you to build a case that delivers the best possible results for you and your recovery.
To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a member of our personal injury team, contact the dedicated attorneys at Charles J. Argento & Associates at (713) 225-5050. Both Spanish and English are spoken at our firm.