Walkways, access areas, sidewalks, and similar settings are expected to be free from dangers for people using them. When pavement is uneven, cracked, or in another form of disrepair, people are likely to trip and fall, which may result in serious injuries. The Nashville premises liability lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC assist victims who have sustained serious injuries as a result of uneven pavement with pursuing proper legal action against any responsible parties. Fall injuries, depending on their severity, may require long recovery times as well as escalating costs, and people or entities responsible for causing a victim’s injuries should contribute to those expenses. Our firm offers Tennessee residents skilled legal guidance throughout all of the stages of their claim.Responsibility for Injuries Caused by Uneven Pavement
Privately and publicly owned property must be kept free of dangerous conditions. These dangers include sidewalks or other areas where pavement is present. Time as well as weather, especially in Tennessee’s climate, may damage pavement, causing cracks or holes to form that alter its height and make walkways hazardous for pedestrians. Uneven pavement may also result from concrete that has been improperly installed or poured. Injuries commonly caused by a fall due to uneven pavement include broken or fractured bones, contusions, bleeding, and sometimes even severe brain injuries. Making sure that the parties responsible for the upkeep of the property are held liable is important to aid in the financial aspects of recovery.
In Tennessee, all property owners and occupiers have a duty to exercise reasonable care in maintaining a safe environment for visitors. Business owners owe patrons visiting their property the highest duty of care, and they must conduct regular inspections to make sure that their property is free of hazards, as well as warn visitors of any known dangers. Social guests, or people invited to another party’s property for a social purpose, are owed a slightly lesser degree of care than people on commercial property. Cities and municipalities are also responsible for making sure that public sidewalks and streets are not unreasonably dangerous. Depending on where you encounter an uneven pavement hazard, multiple parties may be at fault for failing to keep the area safe.
Once liability is established, an injured victim may receive damages to compensate them for past and future medical costs, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and sometimes pain and suffering. In Tennessee, victims have a limited time to file premises liability claims, and action must be taken within one year from the date of the injury. Making sure that the liable parties are found and that a victim’s legal rights are preserved is important, and consulting an experienced attorney may aid significantly in pursuing those goals.Contact a Slip and Fall Lawyer in Nashville
If you have sustained an injury after tripping on uneven pavement, the Nashville attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC can help you determine your next legal steps. Our firm offers knowledgeable legal guidance for residents of Franklin, Bellevue, Hermitage, and Green Hills, as well as other areas of Davidson and Williamson Counties. You can contact us online or call us at 615-800-7096 to set up a free appointment with an injury lawyer.