The Harris County-Houston Sports Authority owns the BBVA Compass Stadium, as well as several other sports venues in the area. Because the stadium belongs to a government agency, filing a claim for compensation after an injury is more complex than it would be at a private business.
When you go to see the Dynamo or the Dash, or another event at BBVA Compass Stadium, you hope to have a good time. What you do not expect is to suffer a serious injury that requires medical treatment, time away from work, and other expenses and financial losses. However, if you need help understanding if you can collect compensation after an being injured at BBVA Compass Stadium, the premises liability attorneys from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, can help.
We offer free case evaluations and legal assistance to people who suffered injuries at BBVA Compass Stadium. Call 713-850-8600 today.
Liability for Injuries at BBVA Compass Stadium
Premises liability cases in Texas require the injured party to meet a high burden of proof to show the property owner or operator acted negligently and caused the accident. For example, if you suffered a slip and fall at BBVA Compass stadium, we would need to show that an employee knew about the hazard, should have known about the hazard, or that the hazard was unreasonable and required a warning. In addition, we would need to determine who was responsible for the hazard. This could all vary from case to case. This is especially true in venues where the owner is not the operator, and where outside vendors play a major role.
The best way to understand who might be liable for your injuries—and to determine if you have a viable claim—is to give us a call. We can provide advice and support at no cost to you, unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Filing a Claim Against a Government Agency
It probably comes as no surprise that it is difficult to take on a government agency. In the past, it was impossible to file a claim against a county agency in Texas. The law barred you from doing so, no matter how reckless or negligent the agency was. Even if a Harris County employee intentionally caused your injuries, you could not collect compensation.
Today, the Texas Tort Claims Act outlines the rules for filing a claim and holding government agencies in the state liable. This includes Harris County and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. These laws are complex. There are a number of limitations, short deadlines, and complicated procedures to follow. If we determine the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority is the liable party in your case, you may be eligible to file a claim.
Our attorneys understand this law and know how the process works. We can help you understand your rights, navigate this process, and collect the compensation you deserve.
Time Limits on Filing a Claim
The Texas statute of limitations gives you two years from the date or discovery of an injury to file a lawsuit against a private party who caused your accident. When the liable party is a government agency, however, the deadline to take action is much shorter. You may only have between 90 days and six months to serve notice.
For this reason, it is paramount that you act quickly to determine who is liable for the injuries you sustained at BBVA Compass Stadium. If you miss these deadlines, you may lose the right to collect any compensation in your case.
Limits on Compensation From a Government Agency in Texas
While the State of Texas gives some injured parties the ability to sue the government for compensation, the state also limits the amount of money you can recover.
These limits include:
- A maximum of $250,000 per person or $500,000 per incident from the City of Houston; and
- A maximum of $100,000 per person or $300,000 per incident from Harris County.
There are no legal limits on compensation if the liable party is a private business or individual.
Giving Notice Under the Texas Tort Claims Act
Before you can file a lawsuit against a government agency in Texas, you have to go through a process known as giving notice. You have a limited time after your accident to give written notice of your accident and injuries.
This notice must include a number of details about the accident. We can handle this process for you, ensuring your rights remain protected and the county receives the information it needs. This includes:
- The time and place the injury occurred;
- Details of what happened; and
- Information about your injuries and damages.
It is very important to meet all applicable deadlines and to submit the proper information when giving notice of your injury. Let us help you, and we can ensure everything is in order for the best possible outcome.
Contact Us for Free Legal Assistance
At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, we can help you understand your legal options after suffering an injury at BBVA Compass Stadium. Call us today at 713-850-8600.