Jackson Slip and Fall Attorneys
Premises Liability Claims in Tennessee
If you fall and get hurt, you are not automatically entitled to compensation. A property owner is only liable if their negligence contributed to your fall. Over the years, we have heard countless stories of people slipping on slick surfaces or tripping on flooring defects. Many property owners fail to design or maintain safe premises, leading to avoidable injuries.
If you slipped and fell because you were clumsy or not paying attention, you cannot generally sue. If you fell because of a dangerous condition, however, you may have what is called a premises liability claim. When you call the Law Offices of Edward L. Martindale, Jr., P.C., we will review the facts of your case and thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your fall, including details about lighting, surfaces, floor debris, and handrails.
We have over 45 years of combined legal experience and are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Schedule an initial consultation by contacting us online or calling (731) 602-5777.
Understanding Premises Liability
Property owners are legally required to maintain “safe premises,” meaning they must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their properties. They must regularly inspect their premises and protect visitors and patrons from hazards and dangerous conditions.
To win a slip and fall case, you must prove several elements. First, you must establish that the property owner owed you a duty of care. Generally, if you are lawfully present on commercial property, the property owner owes you this duty.
Next, you must prove the property owner’s negligence led to your slip and fall. Under Tennessee law, this will involve demonstrating the owner knew about the dangerous condition and failed to do anything about it or establishing that the property owner should have known about the dangerous condition.
Put differently, your lawyer will need to show (through security camera footage, maintenance logs, employee cleaning practices, and other types of evidence) that spills, slippery surfaces, broken floors, or other tripping hazards should have been reasonably addressed by the time you slipped on it. You will also need to show the property owner’s negligence directly caused your injuries. Testimony, photographs, security footage, an incident report, and other forms of evidence can demonstrate this link.
Keep in mind that a property owner can often avoid premises liability by simply warning patrons and visitors about a dangerous condition such as by alerting visitors with visible “wet floor” signs or putting down no-slip mats when it is raining or icy outside.
Finally, you will need to prove the injuries led to substantial damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, or a reduced quality of life. After evaluating the circumstances of the incident, our Jackson slip and fall attorneys can help advise you on your next steps as well as your options moving forward.
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Recovering Compensation After a Slip and Fall in Tennessee
In most cases, under Tennessee’s statute of limitations, you will have only one year from the date of a slip and fall to file a premises liability lawsuit, so do not wait to get in touch with the Law Offices of Edward L. Martindale, Jr., P.C. We understand you are going through a difficult time and want to make the recovery process as easy and painless as possible. Our team will work to negotiate a fair settlement that covers all of your damages. If an acceptable settlement cannot be reached, we are fully prepared to file a lawsuit and go to court.
Our Jackson slip and fall lawyers will fight to recover compensation for:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reductions in earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Let us handle the legal legwork so you can focus on getting better. Call (731) 602-5777 or contact us online today.