Is my landlord responsible if my gurst injures themselves in the backyard?

My mother in law stepped in a small hole in our backyard and broke her ankle. She needs a metal plate and 8 screws, but this is going to cost her. SHould the ladlord be responsible since they didn’t fix the holes before we moved in? We have only been there a week.

Asked on May 28, 2009 under Personal Injury, Texas


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Your mother in law should definitely talk to a personal injury lawyer in your area, and hire one who will take the case on contingent fee (lawyer only gets paid from the recovery, if any).  One place to find qualified attorneys is our website,

I'm not a Texas lawyer, and the outcome will depend on Texas law and all of the facts.  But in most states, a landowner is responsible for an injury like this.  A broken ankle that has to be fixed with hardware is often a fairly serious injury.

You should talk to a different lawyer, yourself, to see what if any responsibility you might have, and you should take your lease along when you go.

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