It’s a dilemma—if you’re injured as a guest in someone’s home, a retail store customer, or a visitor on public property, it can be very hard to know what to do. Obviously, if you’re a guest in someone’s home you don’t want to “point fingers” and others might say you are simply being clumsy.
Of course, some slips and falls are simply accidents. However, there are occasions when property owners ignore potentially harmful conditions and/or act recklessly. It’s important in these cases that victims understand that they do have rights—rights that ensure the public are not injured on unsafe property; rights that offer them protection and provide avenues for them to pursue the compensation they rightfully deserve under the law.
If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, don’t wait another moment to protect your rights. There’s a lot of work to be done to achieve a successful outcome for folks who get hurt due to someone else’s negligence. We all know that the law can often be complicated and difficult to understand. At Jeff Roberts & Associates, PLLC, we have a team of highly experienced Nashville slip and fall lawyers. Our goal is to assist people who’ve been injured on other people’s properties in accidents that were totally preventable.
If you wish to take action now, or you have questions you’d like answered, please contact us today at (615) 425-4400. We’re here to help you!
Proving Negligence in Slip & Fall Cases
We can’t blame property owners for every trip, slip, or fall that occurs on their property. Property owners (or the person responsible for the property) only become liable for an injury if they knew—or should have known—that the property was in an unsafe condition.
If this sounds confusing, that’s because the law can be confusing! Some accidents might appear very similar at first glance, but there are many aspects of an accident that might affect a victims’ rights, and these aspects might not be obvious.
To assist you in appreciating the complexity of this subject, here are some examples of when a property liability lawsuit may be appropriate:
- A deck has collapsed during a party at a private residence. Many people have been seriously hurt in the accident.
- Employees of a grocery store are fully aware that the roof above the fresh-products department leaks whenever it rains, however, it has never had repaired. An elderly shopper slips on the wet floor and, as a result, breaks her arm.
- The carpet in a dimly lit motel or hotel stairway is loose. Subsequently, a guest that visits trips over the carpet and sustains serious injuries when they fall.
In the above examples, any property owner or employee of the property owner acting in a reasonable manner would be aware of the hazardous condition. Yet, they fail to take appropriate and immediate action to repair the damage. They also failed to warn people of the danger.
If, however, you disregard a warning sign and end up slipping or falling, or you trip because your shoelace is untied, the property owner is not responsible for your injuries. However, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries if you trip or fall due to a potentially preventable condition that’s been negligently ignored by the property owner.
Do You Have a Premises Liability Case?
In Tennessee, the rules and regulations for premises liability cases can be quite complicated, particularly for someone without a legal background. Yes, the law does allow for people injured on unsafe premises to recover compensation from the owner of the property, however, victims must be able to prove their cases in a legal way.
This means they must be able to show:
- They were injured due to the unsafe condition
- The owner of the property has a legal responsibility to make sure their property is a safe premises
- The property owner or employees of the property owner knew or should’ve known about the hazardous condition
- The property owner or employees of the property owner did not address the unsafe issue in a timely manner
Victims who decide to legally pursue compensation need the assistance of highly competent and experienced attorneys and expert witnesses. This can help victims calculate and prove the real extent of their losses.
These losses could possibly include any or all of the following:
- Financial losses, like lost wages and medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of career or ability to work
- The inability to live a normal life
- Pain & suffering, & emotional losses caused by the injuries
Unfortunately for victims, negligent property owners and their respective insurance companies tend to understand the law all too well. They often have extensive experience in protecting themselves against claims from people who’ve suffered an injury on their property. These parties are aware that victims of hazardous premises usually don’t fully understand how insurance companies work; plus, they’re often not aware of their rights or what to expect from the highly complicated legal process if they pursue a claim.
It’s for these very reasons that accident victims should work with an experienced Nashville slip and fall attorney, one who’s been successful in handling premises liability cases in the past. In this way, victims have an opportunity to level the playing field between themselves and large companies.
You Can Depend on Our Nashville Premises Liability Attorneys to Work Hard for You!
If you’ve experienced an injury on unsafe or dangerous premises, we’re here to help you. The highly qualified and experienced staff at Jeff Roberts & Associates, PLLC understand only too well how difficult and stressful it is for injured victims to seek fair compensation from negligent parties. Because Jeff Roberts is a former insurance claims adjuster, he understands precisely how these companies take advantage of injured individuals’ inexperience, as well as how they use this information to minimize victims’ claims.
Today, we’re entirely dedicated to helping wrongfully injured people understand their rights. We work hard to help these victims obtain the just compensation they are owed. Our aim is to make it comfortable and easy for victims to receive the legal support they desperately need.
Please contact our Nashville slip and fall lawyers at (615) 425-4400. We respond quickly to all calls and emails because we truly want to help you.