Common Questions


If you’re a Texas homeowner who has experienced damage to their home because of a tree, it is likely that you have lots of questions. From establishing liability to laws unique to Texas, here we take a deep dive into everything you need to know about tree damage. For more answers to your questions, or to schedule a consultation with one of our legal team, contact the tree fell on my house lawyers at the Law Offices of Colby Lewis today.
  • Can I sue my neighbor if his dead tree falls on my house in Texas?

Yes. In these cases, the neighbor had notice that the tree was a hazard and failed to take steps to make it safe so they will be liable for damages to your property. However, if the owner didn’t have actual or constructive notice that the tree may fall and an act of God occurred, you may need the help of an experienced tree damage lawyer to establish negligence.

  • Who is responsible for a fallen tree in Texas?

Ultimately, the homeowner who experienced damage is responsible unless the tree owner is found to be liable because of negligence. Establishing negligence can be tricky, so consider consulting a property damage attorney who has experience handling this type of case.

  • Do I need a permit to cut down a tree on my property in Texas?

If the tree is less than 19 inches in diameter, you do not need a permit. If it is more than 19 inches, you may need a Tree Ordinance Review Application (TORA) in order to remove the tree.

  • If my neighbor’s tree hangs over onto my property, can I legally trim it?

Yes, you have the ability to cut the tree back but only to the property line. Doing so must be done with extreme caution however. If you damage the tree or cause it to become unstable because of your actions, you can be held liable.

  • Experienced tree damage lawyers are only a call or click away

At the Law Offices of Colby Lewis, we understand that tree damage can be catastrophic especially when there are personal injuries or deaths. For compassionate and competent representation, reach out to our experienced tree damage lawyers today. We will evaluate your case, gather evidence, negotiate with the insurance company and be by your side every step of your claim. Contact us today to get started on your tree damage claim.