All you wanted to do was stop at the grocery store after a long day at work. You have your cart, grocery list, and start grabbing your essentials. The store was crowded because of a storm coming through. After finding everything on your list, you check out. What should have been a quick exit became a spectacle because you slipped on water that had accumulated from the outside precipitation, twisting your ankle.
Now, store employees are gathering around, helping you off the ground. You’re embarrassed and want to go home and recover your injury and your pride. Once you get home, you realize that your twisted ankle is not just a simple injury–you need an x-ray. In the emergency room, they give you the news that you fractured your ankle and you’ll be out of work for some time as you recover.
Lost wages, recovery time, and now medical bills are piling up. You thought it was your mistake, but when you think about it, there were no wet floor signs and no one had seemingly been through to clean the water. Is the store at fault?
Slip and fall accidents in Tennessee are complicated to prove fault. That’s why you need an experienced personal injury attorney to determine the facts of your case.
Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Claims
In order to prove slip and fall cases on commercial property, the following must be present to prove liability:
- The owner or employee of the property must have caused the hazardous condition that led to the accident (spill, tear, slippery spot, etc.).
- The owner or employee must have known about the dangerous situation and did nothing to rectify it.
- The owner or employee should have known about the hazardous condition since a reasonable person taking care of the property would know and then amend the situation so injury or accident would not occur.
What is critical to the success of your case is that the object or condition caused the fall–so in the example, it would be that the water on the floor in the store entrance/exit caused your injury–had the floor been dry, you would not have fallen.
Speculation is not enough to prove liability. That’s why documentation, medical records, etc. are critical in slip and fall accidents in Tennessee.
If you do not have your own documentation, a lawyer can send out a notification to the store or commercial property that the store must preserve all evidence including video surveillance of the event.
Documentation is critical–but having a trusted lawyer on your side will be of the utmost importance. Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC can help.
Contact The Nashville Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident on any type of property, it’s essential to speak with our Nashville slip and fall lawyers about your case. Contact Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC today to schedule a consultation. You deserve compensation for your injuries and shouldn’t have to struggle to pay the medical bills associated with the incident. Fighting for the injured of Tennessee is what we do.