Slip & Fall Lawyer in Nashville
Slips, trips, and falls lead to a variety of injuries, from shattered bones to permanent paralysis. Property owners have a duty to provide a safe place for workers to perform their duties and for customers and employees to conduct business. Tennessee law expects every property owner to provide reasonable safety measures to prevent injury on their premises, including fixing any known hazards and taking reasonable preventive measures against future hazards. When property owners neglect or perform this duty without due care, it’s only a matter of time before someone will be injured.
When Can I Recover Damages for Slip and Fall Injuries?
Compensation isn’t granted for every slip and fall injury. If a dangerous condition or defective structure was not present at the time of the accident, a victim most likely cannot sue for damages. For a judge and jury to grant an award, the injured party must prove that a third party’s negligence caused the injury. Negligence can include:
- Dangerous or defective conditions existing on property.
- The owner or operator creating dangerous conditions.
- Property owners neglecting their duties to ensure a safe environment for visitors.
- Failing to post adequate warning signs if a hazardous condition exists.
- Failing to inspect and fix unknown hazards that they could have reasonable foreseen.
Slip and fall accidents on properties take many shapes and forms. Victims might slip on an icy sidewalk, trip on an uneven curb, fall down narrow stairs, or any other variation. Injuries can be as minor as a sprained ankle or as serious as spinal cord injury or death. To be liable for compensation for these injuries, a judge must first deem the property manager or owner responsible for causing them.
If a slip and fall accident is partially your fault (for example, if you weren’t wearing proper footwear), a judge will split fault between you and the property owner. If a judge decides you’re at least 50% responsible for the accident, you won’t receive any compensation. If the judge determines your fault is less than 50%, your compensation will be reduced by your fault percentage. For example, if you would be awarded $10,000 but were found 10% at fault, your compensation would be reduced by 10% or $1,000, bringing your final total to $9,000.
Depending on the conditions surrounding the accident, slip and fall victims may be eligible to receive compensation from the property owner’s insurance, liability insurance, or other types of insurances from one or more parties. One or more insurance adjusters will contact injured slip and fall accident victims. Always speak with a personal injury attorney before speaking with insurance adjusters, as they can use information you give them to secure a lower settlement for their company.
Free Consultation with an Experienced Nashville Lawyer
You shouldn’t have to deal with financial losses, suffering, and other damages on your own. If a property owner is negligent in their duties to provide a safe environment on their grounds – and our team of attorneys will follow every lead to prove if this is the case – the court will grant a settlement for full compensation of your past and future damages. Trust the personal injury lawyers at Larry R. Williams, PLLC, to prove negligence and secure the greatest amount of compensation possible.
Larry R. Williams, PLLC, has represented hundreds of slip and fall accident victims and their families in court, earning millions of dollars in compensation awards in the past 35 years. We specialize in middle Tennessee slip and fall accidents, and have a thorough understanding of state laws. Our property negligence lawyers will handle the investigation process as well as all communications with insurance companies.
Slip and fall accidents can have life-changing consequences for innocent victims. Larry R. Williams, Jonathan Williams, and their team of expert personal injury representatives can ensure these victims have a solid legal defense. For full compensation of your losses, including lost wages and lost earnings capacity, contact Larry R. Williams, PLLC, to discuss your case during a free initial consultation.