Slip and Fall Accidents
Visiting a restaurant, mall, or even another person’s home should not be a cause of concern for your safety. It is your expectation and right to visit these places without anticipating a serious injury, and when a property owner or occupier fails to maintain its premises in a safe manner, it should be held accountable. The premises liability attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC can guide individuals in Nashville and elsewhere in Tennessee through the process of pursuing proper compensation after a slip and fall. We are dedicated to making sure our clients receive thorough and diligent representation throughout the duration of the legal process, from investigation through litigation if necessary.Holding a Property Owner Accountable for a Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents occur when an individual loses his or her balance, either due to an obstruction on the ground or an unsafe surface. These accidents can seem ordinary, but they often lead to serious injuries and significant expenses for a victim. Property owners may be held liable for damages resulting from a slip and fall in a broad array of circumstances. Common causes of these accidents include slippery or wet floors, uneven surfaces, potholes or poorly maintained roads, and icy patches that are not easily apparent.
Nationally, slip and falls result in over one million emergency room visits annually. If property owners fail to meet the appropriate standard of care in providing a safe environment for visitors, they should be held liable for the injuries that result.
In Tennessee, property owners are required to keep their premises safe for visitors. A victim who is seeking compensation may pursue legal action in the form of a premises liability lawsuit. To prevail in this type of claim, an injured person must show that one of the following occurred:
- The property owner, or its employee, caused the dangerous condition;
- The property owner knew that the dangerous condition was present but failed to take action; or
- A reasonable person looking after the property properly would have known of the dangerous condition, so the owner should have known of its existence.
Determining what a reasonable person should have known can involve a detailed analysis of industry standards and a property owner’s common practices. For instance, courts will consider how long the dangerous condition was present before the accident occurred, as well as a property owner’s regular course of maintenance or procedures. Given the detail that may be involved in these types of cases, it is advisable to consult a knowledgeable attorney who can help you in your investigation and pursue the appropriate parties responsible. Additionally, in Tennessee, the statute of limitations for these types of cases extends only one year from the date of the accident. As a result, prompt action may be vital to making sure your rights are protected.Enlist a Nashville Attorney to Pursue Compensation for Your Injuries
If you have been involved in a slip and fall, you may be able to pursue damages such as past and future medical costs, lost income and earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other types of costs and losses. The knowledgeable injury lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC can assist Nashville residents and other individuals in protecting their rights. We also represent people throughout Williamson and Davidson Counties, including in East Nashville, West Meade, Hermitage, and Franklin. If you need legal assistance, contact us online or call us at 615-800-7096 to set up an appointment.