Businesses in West Texas are thriving due to the Permian Basin oil and gas industry! From local retail shops to large grocery and consumer product commercial stores, businesses are providing Odessa and West Texas with life’s necessities.

Unfortunately, premises accidents happen every day. Odessa and West Texas Property owners and occupants have to keep their premises safe for visitors. This means keeping the property free of hazards, property defects, and other dangerous conditions. When these issues are not addressed promptly, serious accidents occur.

Slips, trips, and falls are the most common types of accidents that happen to Odessa and West Texas property visitors. These may seem like minor accidents, but slips and falls often cause serious injuries that result in mounting medical bills, many days missed from work, and pain and suffering. An Odessa slip and fall accident lawyer at the Reyna Law Firm is ready to fight to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on recovery.

Slip and fall injuries in Odessa and West Texas often happen in numerous types of residential and commercial settings, such as:

  • Retail stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants
  • Wholesale clubs
  • Home improvement stores
  • Amusement parks
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Stadiums and arenas
  • Construction sites
  • Warehouses
  • Office buildings
  • Apartment complexes
  • Nursing homes
  • Government buildings
  • Playgrounds
  • Parking Lots
  • Private residences

Odessa and West Texas property owners are supposed to routinely inspect their properties to identify any hazards and warn visitors of their existence. Also, they are supposed to take reasonable measures to address and mitigate safety issues once they become aware of their life.

The responsibilities property owners or occupants differ based on the type of visitor that enters their premises. These break down into three categories:

Invitee: When a West Texas business has invited you onto their property, they are responsible for keeping their premises safe for invitees through exercising reasonable care. This is considered the highest duty of care.

Licensee: Someone who has implied permission to enter the property, such as a mail carrier, door to door salesperson, or a social guest. Licensees who suffer slip and fall injuries must prove that a specific hazard or defect caused the injuries, the owner/occupant knew or should have known about it, and that hazard or defect was concealed and not apparent to the accident.

Trespasser: People who have not been invited and have no legal right to be on the property. An owner/occupant owes no duty to trespassers, except to refrain from willful or wanton misconduct or entrapment.

Odessa premises liability cases such as slips and falls are complex, and it can be challenging to prove the owner or occupant bears responsibility for your injuries. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Odessa or West Texas, it is crucial to speak with an experienced slip and fall attorney at the Reyna Law Firm, who has in-depth knowledge of the complexities of these types of cases.


If you were a visitor on the premises of another party and suffered a slip and fall injury, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim. Following the accident, there are some essential steps you should take:

  • Have your injuries treated right away.;
  • Take multiple photographs showing the hazards that caused your fall.;
  • Obtain the names and addresses of all witnesses.;
  • Retain full medical documentation of your injuries; and
  • Call Odessa slip and fall injury attorney at the Reyna Law Firm to evaluate your case.

We will thoroughly investigate the specific circumstances that led to your injury and determine the best legal avenue toward a favorable outcome. There are two potential types of actions that could be pursued in a slip and fall case; negligent activity and premises liability. To prevail in a negligent activity claim, you must prove that:

  • The defendant owed a legal duty of care;
  • The defendant breached that duty; and
  • This breach was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury.

In a premises liability action, you must prove that the condition of the premises caused the injury as opposed to the negligent acts of the defendant. In general, a premises liability case is harder to prove and more straightforward to defend than a negligent activity claim.

Once the evidence has been gathered, we will communicate with the defendant’s insurance company or their legal representatives. Usually, the preferred outcome is to obtain a settlement that is acceptable to you without going to trial. However, if the other side is not willing to be reasonable, we will be prepared to litigate your case.

During the process, you may be contacted by the defendant’s insurer with questions about your claim. You should not give any statements to the insurer (or otherwise speak with them about the case) without first talking to your attorney. Insurance companies often try to speak to accident victims and get them to say things that might damage their case. The best approach is to let your attorney handle all communications with the other side.


Slips and falls happen for several reasons, such as:

  • Wet and slippery floors
  • Loose floorboards and protruding nails
  • Cluttered floors
  • Torn carpeting
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Dangerous stairs
  • Loose handrails
  • Defective escalators
  • Defective sidewalks
  • Parking lot potholes
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Bad weather
  • Other hazardous conditions

Common injuries that occur from slip and fall accidents include:

  • Closed Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries;
  • Broken Bones;
  • Spinal Cord Injuries;
  • Neck and Back Injuries;
  • Soft Tissue Injuries;
  • Internal Injuries; and
  • Wrongful Death


The Reyna Law Firm has helped countless clients injured in West Texas accidents. We know the ins and outs of slip and fall accident claims, and what it takes to win. We are members of the exclusive Academy of Attorneys 100 Million Dollar Club and Lifetime Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum!  Fighting and winning for the injured in Odessa and West Texas is what we do! Call the Reyna Law Firm today! We want to fight for you!