Nashville Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers
Restaurant patrons, tenants and visitors of apartment complexes, grocery store shoppers, and patients or visitors at hospitals or other facilities should be able to frequent these establishments and not worry about suffering unnecessary harm due to dangerous conditions existing on the property. Property owners, manager, and employees have a legal duty to protect patrons and guests on their property when possible. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at a grocery store, doctor’s office, convenience store, apartment complex, hotel, or another location, call us today to discuss your legal rights. Our Nashville slip and fall attorneys may be able to help you recover your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses stemming from the fall. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firm based in Tennessee.
Slip and Fall Negligence Claims
A slip and fall can occur whenever a person slips, trips, or falls down due to a dangerous condition such as a wet or slick floor, poor lighting, broken steps, or uneven pavement. These falls can result in serious injuries, with over 500,000 people having to go to the hospital each year for slip and fall injuries in North America alone. Common injuries include broken bones or fractures, torn ligaments or tendons, herniated discs in the back or neck, and head injuries like concussions. On top of that, about 20,000 people die each year in North America due to slip and fall related injuries.
Proving Liability After Falling on Someone Else’s Property
In order for the property owner or manager to be held responsible for your injuries and losses, you must prove that party was negligent and thus breached a duty of care to you which caused you to suffer injuries and incur damages. You must show that the dangerous condition which caused your injury was caused or created by the owner, operator, or his agent, or caused by someone else but the owner had actual or constructive notice that the condition existed prior to you getting hurt.
Slip and fall negligence cases may be difficult to prove. Every fall is different, and whether the owner is responsible for your injuries will depend on the facts surrounding your fall. You will need to provide evidence showing that the owner was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition in enough time to remedy it before your fall. An experienced slip and fall attorney in the Nashville area will be able to help you gather the evidence needed to establish liability and go up against the property owner’s slip and fall insurance company.
Since many stores and businesses have security cameras, your lawyer can request video footage that may depict the dangerous condition that caused your fall and the fall itself. Further, your lawyer can interview witnesses such as other patrons, visitors, or tenants who may have seen the fall or who were aware of the dangerous condition prior to your fall. Immediately following the accident, the property owner will be trying to gather any evidence which helps their position, which makes it important for you to have someone working on your behalf to build your case.
In most situations, you only have one year from the date of your accident to pursue recovery for injuries and losses suffered in a slip and fall occurring in Tennessee. This means that time is of the essence if you want to be able to assert a convincing case against the property owner. Your Nashville slip and fall lawyer will need adequate time to investigate your claim and build your case, obtain all of your medical records, potentially consult with experts, negotiate settlement with the insurance company, and prepare a lawsuit if out-of-court settlement cannot be reached.
Consult with a Premises Liability Attorney in Nashville
Slip and fall cases are normally time-sensitive. Witnesses can forget important details as days go by, and video footage may be lost or record over itself. If you have been injured in a slip in fall in Nashville or elsewhere, call our office today for a free consultation with one of our experienced premises liability attorneys. You may reach us toll-free at 800-529-4004, or you can complete our online form to set up a free consultation.