A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere to anyone and, in some situations, lead to serious injury. Even if it occurs over a relatively short distance, a sudden fall can easily fracture or break a bone, or even worse, result in catastrophic damage to the brain or spinal cord.
If you or a family member has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation with the assistance of an injury attorney. An experienced Chattanooga slip and fall lawyer can help you recover financially from your fall while you recover physically.
Regardless of how a slip and fall injury occurs, it can possibly result in significant medical costs on top of emotional and physical pain. Depending on the severity of the injury, it may even force you to take time off work, which can lead to lost wages and income.
Every situation is unique, but injured victims should be aware that property owners can be held liable for failing to maintain their properties and keep them reasonably safe, as well as for failing to warn about known hazards or dangers. With the assistance of a qualified Chattanooga slip and fall lawyer, this liability can turn into financial compensation to help cover bills and expenses related to an injury, and potentially additional non-economic factors like pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Tennessee property owners—or anyone who is in control of a property at the time of an accident—have various responsibilities for the people on their properties depending on why the person was there in the first place.
In most cases, plaintiffs in slip and fall incidents are divided into three basic categories: those who were invited to the property, those who had a “license” to be there, and those who were trespassing.
Invitees are those who have been invited to a property, either expressly or implicitly. For example, a customer in a store is considered an invitee of that store’s owner or owners. Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe and warn invitees of any known dangers.
Licensees are those who have a “license” to be on the property but are there for their own financial benefits, such as landscapers, gardeners, and housekeepers. Property owners have a lesser duty when it comes to licensees, and only need to warn of non-apparent dangerous conditions that may create an unreasonable risk of harm.
Unlike invitees and licensees, Tennessee property owners generally do not have any obligation to trespassers – with one exception known as an “attractive nuisance.”
The law requires owners to warn children about dangerous conditions which exist on their property or anything that might attract the curiosity of a child and cause injury.
Have you or a family member been injured on someone else’s property? Did they fail to warn you of known defects or properly maintain the property?
If so, let a Chattanooga slip and fall lawyer review the details of the accident, determine the full extent of your injuries, and evaluate every legal recourse available to you. The law may allow you to recover damages, and we can show you how.
By: Lauren M.
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