Generally, property owners in Texas are required to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When a property owner fails to keep their premises free from known dangers, the injured party might have a valid claim for damages.
This is true in the case of sexual assault. Sexual assaults are an all too frequent occurrence across the state. Landlords have a duty to ensure that they do not knowingly put residents and guests in danger of being assaulted.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we provide dedicated representation for sexual assault survivors in Houston and across Texas. If you were assaulted in your apartment complex, at work, or on campus, you might have a valid cause of action against the owner of the property. Contact our office at (713) 751-0025 to schedule a free consultation.
Texas had over 13,500 reported cases of forcible rape in a single year. Unfortunately, this number may only be a fraction of the total number of instances of sexual assault. Experts agree that the vast majority of rape and sexual assault cases go unreported. It is estimated that someone is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds in the United States.
Despite these startling statistics, only a small percentage of rapists ever go to prison. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), only 25 out of every 1,000 rapists end up in prison. For survivors of sexual assault, there must be answers. What few people know is that as a survivor you might be eligible to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator and a negligent third party such as a property owner or landlord.
Sexual assaults can happen anywhere. Perpetrators often look for places where a person might be vulnerable such as poorly lit common areas in an apartment complex, buildings with unlocked doors or windows, and areas with overgrown shrubbery or landscaping.
A property owner may be held liable if a sexual assault occurs at a:
A property owner has a duty to keep their premises safe and secure. If they fail to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition it may result in liability if someone is harmed. Premises liability cases are notoriously difficult to prove, so it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to determine your legal options.
A property owner can be held liable if it can be shown that they owed a duty of care to the victim and breached that duty of care resulting in damages.
A property owner could be held liable for sexual assault if they:
Sexual assault survivors often experience long-term mental and physical health conditions. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other disabling illnesses. Filing a civil lawsuit against a negligent landowner can help ensure you receive the compensation you need to get proper medical treatment and counseling.
If you were sexually assaulted in Houston, contact our office at (713) 751-0025. We offer free, no-obligation consultations on all rape and assault cases. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to get started.
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