Knoxville Premises Liability
Grocery store shoppers, restaurant patrons, and department store customers, among others, are entitled to certain legal protections while visiting these businesses. The same goes for a person making a social visit to a friend’s home. Even trespassers are afforded certain protections while on another’s property. If you have sustained injuries while on someone else’s property or land, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to discuss a potential premises liability claim. Our Knoxville premises liability lawyers have obtained more than $1 billion in recovery for injured parties in more than 30 years of practice, and we are the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee.Pursuing Damages for Injuries Sustained on the Property of Another in Knoxville
In Tennessee, property owners have certain legal obligations to persons on their property. The legal requirements depend on why the person is on the property to begin with. Business invitees are normally afforded the greatest protections under the law, followed by social visitors and then trespassers. Generally, in order for an injured party to recover under a premises liability theory, he or she must show the standard elements of negligence and either that the dangerous condition which injured the plaintiff was caused or created by the property owner or his agent, or that the owner knew or should have known that the condition existed but failed to remedy it prior to the incident.Examples of Premises Liability Accidents
One of the most common premises liability situations is one in which a store customer slips on a wet floor and falls while shopping and suffers an injury as a result of that fall. The property owner’s liability in this scenario depends on the specific facts surrounding the fall, such as whether there was any warning set up like a wet floor sign, how long the floor had been wet, why the floor was wet, and so on. A knowledgeable premises liability attorney in Knoxville will be able to investigate the facts surrounding your fall and request video footage from store surveillance cameras, eyewitness statements, and photographs of the scene to prove negligence and hold the property owner accountable for your injuries.
Another premises liability situation occurs in the context of negligent security. Suppose you are assaulted by a criminal at your apartment complex. In that situation, you may have a potential claim against the property owner or manager if the attack was due to inadequate security or poorly-maintained premises. To determine whether the owner or manager acted negligently, relevant information may include whether the properly is located in a high-crime area, if similar attacks have occurred in the past, and if management received any threats prior to the incident. According to a recent Census, the home ownership rate of the greater Knoxville area is just 68%, meaning tens of thousands of people in the area reside in rental units such as apartments.Consult with an Experienced Knoxville Premises Liability Attorney Today
At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our attorneys are eager to discuss the facts of your case and any potential claims you may have for injuries you sustained on someone else’s property. If you would like to have your case evaluated by one of our premises liability lawyers, call our Knoxville office toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation. We have represented injured parties across the South for more than 30 years, and we have 33 injury attorneys and more than 120 staff members available to assist you. Our firm represents clients across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, including in Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Call today, and let us show you why NST is the way to go.