Hurt Due to an Unsafe Premises?
A Newport Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help Recover Compensation
Anyone can slip and fall. Accidents happen all the time, and bad luck might see you suffering from a minor — or maybe even a major — injury. However, oftentimes, a slip and fall accident is not your fault. Premises liability law in Tennessee states that a property owner has a duty to maintain his or her property, clear it of hazards and inform any visitors or tenants of unsafe conditions. If you were hurt on a dangerous premises due to the negligence of the owner(s), then you can sue for damages.
With the help of Tennessee slip and fall lawyers, you might seek compensation for your medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, attorney fees, household bills, necessities and other losses. However, you want an attorney who is well versed in the legal matters surrounding unsafe premises and Tennessee premises liability law. You need a Newport premises liability lawyer that understands personal injury law and the Tennessee legal system.
Myers and Ball, LLP has decades of experience in personal injury claims — many of which involved premises liabilities, slip and falls and other related accidents. We pursue rightful compensation on behalf of our clients who have suffered wrongful injuries due to the negligence of others.
What Is Premises Liability Law in Eastern Tennessee?
As mentioned, premises liability law in Tennessee states that the owner must maintain his or her property and clear it of any hazards for visitors or tenants. If they are not able to clear the hazards in time for visitors and tenants, then property owners must inform them of the unsafe conditions.
If the owner does not clear the hazards or warn you of them, that counts as negligence; if you suffer an injury on account of this negligence, then you have the right to sue. Hazards or any unsafe conditions in the property do not have to be major things, such as crumbling walls, holes in the floor or a collapsing ceiling. Unsafe conditions might also include:
- Wet and slippery floors (trip and fall or slip and fall accidents)
- Poor lighting
- Loose cables and wires
- Cracks in the walls, floor or stairs
- Icy walkways and stairways
- Torn carpeting and debris on the floor
Please note that the law in eastern Tennessee acknowledges comparative negligence. This means that the legal system might rule that whatever accident occurred on the unsafe premises was not entirely the owner’s fault. In fact, the court could rule that you share fault with the owner, since circumstances might have dictated that you should have known better than to traverse the property or known what to avoid. Such a ruling could result in a lower amount of compensation for your injury.
If you are concerned about comparative negligence, discuss the matter with a competent and experienced Newport premises liability lawyer.
What Types of Accidents Might You Experience on a Dangerous Premises?
While slip and falls typically rank as the most common type of accident in premises liability claims, they are far from the only ones. Due to a property owner’s negligence, you might also suffer a wrongful injury due to:
- Dog bites or other animal attacks
- Faulty escalators or elevators
- Amusement park accidents
- Criminal attacks
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Burns or smoke inhalation
- Slip and fall accidents
- Drowning or other related swimming pool accidents
- Building or construction accidents
The injuries you might suffer due to these accidents could range from minor to severe. You might only have bruising or bleeding, but you could also break or fracture a bone. Concussions, sprains and strains are also possible.
In more unfortunate scenarios, you might suffer a traumatic injury to your brain, head, neck, back and/or spinal cord. Such injuries might prove to be debilitating and cause long-term, even permanent, lifestyle changes. For example, you may have to quit your job due to your injury and/or you might have to live with a disability afterwards. In the case of incidents that involve permanent scarring or disfigurement, mental anguish could severely diminish your quality of life. Should this be the case, speak with a Newport premises liability lawyer as soon as possible.
Can I File a Premises Liability Lawsuit?
There are requirements for filing a successful premises liability lawsuit in Tennessee. You would need to show the other party owed you a duty of care, violated that duty of care, and caused your damages as a result. For instance, your ability to recover compensation could depend upon whether the property owner invited you on the property.
In addition, you would need to be within the statute of limitations for filing a premises liability lawsuit. The statute of limitations for premises liability claims is generally one year from the date the injury occurred. In most cases, you have one year to settle a claim or file a lawsuit against the responsible party. However, there are exceptions to the rule. You may be able to toll the statute of limitations under the right circumstances.
We encourage you to contact us to learn more about how the statute of limitations for personal injury claims applies to your situation.
Questions? Call for a Free Consultation With a Slip and Fall Lawyer
Consider working with a Newport premises liability lawyer if you have experienced a slip and fall accident in eastern Tennessee or other misfortune due to unsafe premises. Our firm strives to help our clients recover damages due to the negligence of property owners. We have seen firsthand the financial and emotional toll that a wrongful injury can have on someone. You should not have such a burden weighing you down when you are already trying to recover from an injury.